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Most people want to learn how to solder so that they can make jewelry - with soldered jump rings, soldered on clasps, pin backs, posts - the works! Well, this class takes those basic soldering skills and focuses them on the techniques you’ll need to make jewelry, for yourself or production. And this class demonstrates how to use these production techniques with micro butane torches or small oxy/propane torches.
Learn how to solder chain links and a clasp to a chain without damaging the mechanism, and how solder on posts and pin backs.
You’ll also learn how to solder near stones - materials that can be damaged by soldering. Students will solder with heat resistant stones in place, learn how to solder a link with a bead attached, size a ring with a stone setting, and fuse wire into a ball near a pearl.
Join author Joe Silvera for a class in fearless soldering!
Previous experience soldering precious metals required (Please see prerequisites listed on this page for more details).
Metalsmithing skills covered in this class:
• Sizing a ring with a stone setting
• Use of heat shield materials
• Use of anti-firescale fluxes
• Safety and set up of small torches (oxy/propane)
• Soldering with small torches (oxy/propane)
All materials to make the projects. Each student has a jewelry bench to use during class and their own set of tools to use to practice techniques shown.
Basic soldering skills for precious metals, like successful completeion of a soldering class at SJS, like Intro to Soldering, Basic Jewelry or Art of Soldering. Fusing or low-temp soldering (like for electronics or stained glass) is not equivalent experience for this class.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley