Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making

Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making

By: Kate Ferrant Richbourg (author)Paperback

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Metalworking is generally regarded as a skill that takes years of dedication, requires a large studio space, and costs a lot of money. However, that does not need to be the case. Simple Soldering is complete in its exploration of the craft of creating soldered metal jewelry, including tools, techniques, and 20 beautiful projects that beginners and enthusiasts can make at home. A seasoned instructor at Beaducation, Kate Richbourg demystifies basic soldering for any home crafter, showing how to create sophisticated, polished, and professional-looking jewelry pieces through simple soldering techniques. First, she shows you how to set up a jewelry workspace that fits the confines of your budget and living space. Detailed step-by-step instructions take the reader though the basic tools and materials you need, plus how to use them. A Sampler chapter gives a host of introductory exercises that teach solid skills, allowing you to test these techniques on a small scale. Finally, the book culminates in 20 finished projects that include earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, and clasps that may also include bead or wire embellishment. Kate demonstrates how to combine and layer techniques to gorgeous effect. She also examines common mistakes, shows how to correct or adapt them, and gives advice on when it's time to start over. As well, she addresses common "myths," or unconventional techniques, circulating in the amateur jewelry community ("I'm afraid of chemicals-can I use Kool-Aid to pickle my pieces," or "can a kitchen torch be used on solder?") and talks about which ones work and which don't. Throughout the book there will be "step-out" boxes that explain certain ideas, designs, or concepts that are of particular importance or interest to the reader. An instructional DVD further supplements the book and transport Kate's expert teaching skills into the crafter's home.

About Author

Kate Ferrant Richbourg is the former Director of Education for Beaducation and has led classes and workshops around the world and online. She has more than 16 years of experience teaching jewelry techniques, including beading, wirework, and metalsmithing. Simple Soldering is her first book. Kate lives in California.


* Metalworking is growing, growing, growing-the next big wave in jewelry-making craft * A thorough guide focused solely on soldering techniques. It is the only authoritative book that also includes a DVD, which brings a personal touch to the work and enhances the understanding of techniques from the book that are easier to learn by watching * Current books tend to be encyclopedic and intimidating to beginners or crafters looking to develop their skills. Many focus mainly on the use of tanks/torches and a dedicated studio on a big scale. Simple Soldering teaches how to create polished pieces without requiring dedicated studio space or lots of expensive tools and materials * A solid, in-depth primer on a basic jewelry-making skill: beginner exercises on inexpensive copper tiles guide readers though basic metalworking techniques, plus readers are encouraged to layer and combine techniques * Expert tips on how to identify, correct, and adapt mistakes, as well as advice on when it's time to give up and start over

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781596685505
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9781596685505
  • weight: 566
  • ISBN10: 1596685506

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