Basic Soldering: An Online Workshop

How to register
I have created a listing for the workshop in my store:

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Once you register I will send you the login information needed for the classes. There are currently over 30 videos in the course.

Full Workshop Cost: $130.00 (only $18.57 per section)

Full Workshop Dates: April 20 – June 20, 2017
Last day to Register: May 15, 2017

Can I take just one or two parts of the workshop?

Each individual section can also be taken without the entire workshop. However, the various projects do build on one another and do reference steps and procedures in previous videos.

Each individual project cost: $30.00

Tell me more:

Who is it for?
This workshop is geared toward beginning and intermediate jewelers. If you have never worked with a torch, this will be a great course to get you going. We will cover the tools used in soldering, correct techniques and safety procedures.

What isn’t covered?
Soldering is rarely the first step in jewelry making. Most people start by working with wire, beads, stamping sheet metal, etc. I will not be covering any of those techniques. It is strictly geared toward projects with soldering as the medium.

So what can you expect to learn in this workshop? 
Below, you will see the projects we will complete in this workshop. There are seven projects we will work through from beginning to end. Listed  below each photo you will see the core goals and techniques covered for each project.

How does it work?
When you sign up for the workshop, you are not just getting access to the videos. You are getting access to me as your mentor and instructor. I have created an online classroom incorporating a Yahoo group and Flickr group where we will be able to converse and share photos, questions and answers and more.

Each project is made up of multiple videos. I have kept the videos shorter to help with download and streaming capabilities. Each video is filmed in HD and should be fairly high quality so you can see what is going on. The videos will be available starting on October 8th and through December 8th. The files will not be downloaded to your computer, but rather from a central server location and streamed to you. You can watch the video as often as you would like. If you have seen any of my YouTube videos you will already know that I am very thorough, and this workshop is no different.

What equipment do I need?
A list of tools required is provided along with the materials list and class notes one the workshop has been purchased. You may use any number of torches, but for this workshop I will be using a Jumbo Max butane torch. I have torches and some of the other necessary tools available for purchase in my online store. Workshop participants will receive 10% off tool orders (Materials are not discounted.) Use the coupon code when you have added your class to the shopping cart: solderingWorkshop17

What is the cost?
The workshop is US$130.00. That is only $18.57 per project. You can pay by credit card through my website using PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this function. I will also take a check or money order. Please be aware that access will not be granted to the course until the check has cleared if you choose this option.

What are the projects?
Let’s take a look at those now! In each case I list the materials used int he project pictured. You do not need to have the EXACT materials. Be creative and make the project your own.

Making Jumprings

Jump rings are a big part of this workshop. In the first section we will cover the tools used as well as various ways to cut your own jump rings in all sorts of shapes.

Silver Chain Bracelet

Even though this project is done in silver, you can use other metals such as copper or brass. The steps are going to be exactly the same.

  • Close your rings properly
  • Solder and assemble the chain – without soldering the links to one another
  • Reshape rings to add a different look
  • Create a custom hook

Ever wonder how to make a pair of post style earrings? What gauge of wire do you use? How long do you make them? Well, this project will answer of all those questions.

The wind chime earrings are named for their dainty and whimsical movement. Learn how to place your solder so that you are left with clean seams and no solder blobs. You will also learn how to make your wires straight and ball up the ends of a wire. In addition, we will be making our own ear wires.

Ever want to know how I make such great looking open swirls and have such great dimension to my pieces? Well, this course will show you exactly how I do it. You may not be able to do them perfectly at first, after all, it took me 6 months of working on them before I got it myself, but you will at least know how I do it.

One of the most difficult things to do is solder an item on top of a textured backplate without having solder flowing everywhere. Learn the tricks to having a good looking finished piece.

Solder a copper bracelet with silver solder and show no silver solder seams. Take it one step further and add color with alcohol inks. This is a very fun project with TONS of potential and room for creativity.
** Textured discs are available in my shop. **

Class project is on the lower right. The others are variations to give you an idea of what can be done with the same techniques.