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.