Whether you are experienced or new to making your own jewelry, this introductory to jewelry soldering how-to is full of essential basics you will use again and again throughout your jewelry making lifetime. There are a wide variety of jewelry soldering supplies and tools to choose from. Soldering jewelry involves adhering one piece or part of metal to another. Solder and flux are used to securely adhere metal pieces to one another. Jewelry soldering requires special soldering supplies due to the amount of heat required to affix metal pieces together.
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Learn the fundamentals of soldering jewelry with this free, step-by-step soldering jewelry tutorial.
Access expert advice on setting up an area in your workspace that is dedicated to soldering jewelry so you can feel confident about working with hot metal, an open flame, and fuel for your torch. This free eBook has everything about soldering jewelry you always wanted to know.
Soldering Projects: Making Rings
For this easy jewelry project, you’ll use half round jewelry wire and solder wire to create simple silver rings. Follow the step by step soldering instructions and you’ll have wonderful gifts and a new skill. While it may take a bit more than an hour the first time you try this project, soon you’ll be able to make these rings, start o finish, in less than 30 minutes. You’ll soon be back for more advanced soldering techniques after you try your hand at this soldering guide.
How to Solder Silver: DIY Solder Station
Where will you do your jewelry soldering? This area must be fireproof and stay free of any combustible materials, such as paper towels. You may use large ceramic tiles and lay firebricks, charcoal on top, as a soldering station, or you may use a metal soldering station. Whatever you use, keep it clean. Make sure you take safety precautions, using protective eyewear and have a fire extinguisher near your solder station. It is important to have everything you would possibly need both for soldering jewelry and to handle any emergency within reach at all times. You never know what will happen during soldering, and you have to be able to reach for a different tool or new solder pick quickly.
How to Use Solder Flux
Learn what happens to metal when you get your solder hot enough to flow, and how flux can help you predict when that will be as well as protect your metal from some unwanted side effects of that heat. Sometimes even experienced jewelers don’t relate the simple act of fluxing the metal to understanding when the solder will flow. Flux is needed to solder jewelry, because anytime you heat sterling to a high enough temperature for the silver solder to flow, the copper in the sterling reacts with the ambient air and creates a "skin" coating which helps prevent firescale. Flux is especially useful in sweat soldering.
Solder is an inexpensive alloy, a mixture of two or more metals, usually silver and zinc. The more zinc, the lower the melting temperature, and the easier the mixture will flow in between two joins. The temperatures given as general "melting points" are not standard from manufacturer to manufacturer, and may differ as much as 50 degrees. Silver, copper, bronze, and brass are almost always soldered with silver solder. When done correctly, the silver solder is undetectable. There are many variations in solder—not only temperature differences, but also the forms that it’s sold in. It comes in wire or sheet, or in powdered form in a paste flux.
Obtaining this free eBook on how to solder jewelry is essential to any jewelry maker.
If you have been creating unsoldered jewelry, either with beading, wire wrapping, or cold connections, you probably came across occasions when things would have been simpler if you’d known how to solder jewelry. In this introductory eBook about how to solder silver jewelry—as well as how to solder copper jewelry—you’ll learn essential information so you can create beautiful soldered jewelry.
You’ll learn what solder is and how it works. You’ll find out what types of jewelry solder are available, what forms they come in, and when to use each one, with convenient reference charts that will make it easy to figure out exactly what you need. Learn more about various jewelry soldering supplies including solderite, soldering tweezers, torches, and irons. You’ll also learn the importance of using flux for sweat soldering. What are you waiting for? Download today!