Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making

By Kate Ferrant Richbourg

Metalworking is mostly considered as a ability that takes years of commitment, calls for a wide studio house, and prices some huge cash. thankfully, Simple Soldering proves that doesn't must be the case. this useful how-to advisor is entire in its exploration of the craft of constructing soldered steel jewellery, together with instruments, concepts, and 20 appealing initiatives that rookies and lovers could make at home.

Author and instructor Kate Richbourg demystifies uncomplicated soldering for any domestic crafter, exhibiting easy methods to create refined, polished, and professional-looking jewellery items via uncomplicated soldering options. First, she instructs find out how to arrange a jewellery workspace that matches the confines of your finances and dwelling house. precise step by step directions stroll you thru the fundamental instruments and fabrics you wish, plus tips to use them. A pattern bankruptcy offers a number of introductory routines that train good abilities, permitting you to check those options on a small scale. ultimately, you will find 20 entire tasks that come with rings, pendants, jewelry, bracelets, and clasps which may additionally contain bead or cord embellishment.

Kate additionally demonstrates easy methods to mix and layer options to wonderful impression. She additionally examines universal error, exhibits the best way to right or adapt them, and provides recommendation on whilst it is time to commence over. so much of all, having taught hundreds of thousands of periods on soldering, Kate has a "you can do it!" perspective that shines via to assist even the main reluctant jewellery maker fan the flames of the torch with ease.

Paired with an academic DVD, Kate's specialist educating abilities can help initiatives come alive, correct on your personal studio.

With Simple Soldering, the artwork of steel operating special jewellery is now at your fingertips.

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The single distinction is they have better barrels which are mainly used for earrings (13 mm, sixteen mm, and 20 mm). ring mandrel it is a metal cone marked with the traditional ring sizes. it truly is worthy as a sizing software and as one of those around bench block for hammering, texturing, or stamping on entire earrings. STEPS 1 to determine your ring dimension, take a hoop that matches you good and slide it onto the hoop mandrel. have in mind the mark the place it stops. this can be your ring dimension and should be utilized in all destiny ring initiatives (fig.

Quench and fresh. For extra distinct directions, see sampler sq. four (see web page 44). Make a ball at the different twine and set either apart. those wires with balled ends at the moment are head pins. three gather the beads and head pins: position one soldered bead on one of many 18-gauge balled head pins. Bend the cord at a correct perspective together with your chain-nose pliers. degree ⅜" (1 cm) from the attitude and minimize away the surplus twine. Use the round-nose pliers to bend the cord up and round till it meets where the place you bent it at a correct perspective, forming a loop (fig.

03 FIG. 04 Gripping the bottom of the longer cord together with your pliers, bend the cord to a 90-degree perspective (fig. 05). FIG. 05 swap in your round-nose pliers. Grip the cord within the 90-degree attitude and convey the twine up and excessive barrel (fig. 06). FIG. 06 swap in your round-nose pliers. Grip the cord within the ninety measure attitude and produce the twine up and excessive barrel. whole the loop (fig. 07). FIG. 07 Slide the loop onto the smallest soldered ring and wrap closed (fig. 08). FIG. 08 Grip together with your chain-nose pliers and proceed wrapping (fig.

Use your solder decide to put a tiny bead of simple solder at the take part the bounce ring (fig. 02). FIG. 02 10 commence heating as continuously; the solder should still move particularly quick, melting into the subscribe to because it does (fig. 03). FIG. 03 eleven eliminate your torch, quench, and fresh as consistently. bails & pendants i've got discovered the half-ring and jump-ring bails to be worthy thoughts whilst making pendants. For thinner items, the bounce ring can easily be punched via and soldered. For thicker pendants, the part ring should be soldered to the pinnacle part after which a bounce ring should be additional in the course of the part ring to make the pendant lie flat while worn.

Three The width of the bezel depends upon the peak of the stone. Use your dividers to degree the peak of the stone from the ground area to the place the widest a part of the stone starts off to taper (fig. 02). FIG. 02 four retaining your dividers on the similar width, relaxation one leg opposed to the lengthy fringe of your bezel twine and draw the dividers alongside, scoring with the opposite tip. this could provide the correct width of twine in your stone (fig. 03). FIG. 03 five reduce the bezel cord alongside the ranking with steel shears (fig.

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