A Guide to Strip Soldering

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Strip soldering, or stick feed soldering, is a great technique for pieces which require either a large amount of solder or a lengthy solder join. It can also be useful in areas that pallions of solder would be otherwise difficult to position. It involves a direct feed of solder which is drawn along a seam using heat, thus creating a very neat join. Strip soldering is often … [Read more...]

A Guide to Sweat Soldering

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Sweat soldering is a simple and fuss free way of joining two metal surfaces together, one on top of the other. It is great for flat surfaces and ideal for seams, where neat solder application would otherwise be tricky. Sweat soldering is a two part process whereby solder is melted onto one surface, cleaned, positioned and re-heated to join a second surface. As the metal … [Read more...]

A Guide to Simple Soldering

By Jo Varney There are many different ways to solder two pieces of metal together, and in time you will undoubtedly develop your own preferred method. However, there are some basic rules which should always be adhered to – to demonstrate, here I will take you through a very simple way to solder a band ring together, one of the first soldering operations I ever attempted … [Read more...]

Beginners’ Guide: How To Use Jump Rings

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Jump rings are a jewellery-making essential, allowing you to attach everything from chains to clasps, pendants to charms. Whether you want to make earrings, necklaces or bracelets, learning how to use jump rings will help you to create professionally finished pieces that are durable enough for everyday wear. In this guide, we’ll take you through everything from how to use … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Silver Soldering

Successful soldering can be the key to a wealth of creative opportunity once mastered, and there are a range of different methods which can be used to create a strong join. Regardless of which particular technique you favour, the basics of good soldering remain the same, so here is a quick reference list for anyone new or unsure of where or how to begin. What is silver … [Read more...]

Professional Silversmith Tools Guide: Our Top Five

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Our Top Five Professional Soldering Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier You may be new to soldering. You may have been soldering for years and formed your own techniques and tricks that make soldering jewellery simpler. But have you seen the latest in professional silversmith tools that could speed up your soldering process and make your jewellery production quicker? Take … [Read more...]

Review: Hot Connections Jewellery

By Jo Varney Hot Connections Jewellery is a large paperback book focusing on the subject of soldering techniques. It is marketed as a guide that will ‘take your jewellery making skills to the next level’, and it is written by Jennifer Chin who is a teacher and metalsmith working in Boston in the USA. This is her first book. Comprising of 160 pages spread across six … [Read more...]

Top 5: Jewellery Soldering Tools

Soldering, the process of permanently joining two metal components together, is a popular jewellery making technique used by jewellers of all skill levels. It is achieved via the application of heat, normally with a blow torch which produces a controllable flame. Jewellery soldering can require a variety of jewellery making tools and it can be hard to select the right ones for … [Read more...]

Review: Hot and Cold Connections

Tim McCreight is an American artist and teacher who is well known and widely respected within the jewellery and silver smithing industry. He has written over a dozen books on metal technique covering a broad range of subjects including PMC, Knife Making, Casting and also Design Theory. However, McCreight is perhaps best known for his ‘Complete Metalsmith’ series which is highly … [Read more...]

Beginners Guide: How To Solder A Silver Ring

Need some advice on soldering for beginners? Or are you looking to refine your basic soldering techniques? Simple, flat silver rings are a good place to start to get your silver soldering techniques up to scratch. Once you have mastered the art of accurately preparing for the soldering process and carefully using the right tools, you’ll be able to move onto more complex … [Read more...]