Hot Connections Jewelry: The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques

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By Jennifer Chin

The paintings of soldering—permanently becoming a member of steel elements with a torch and solder—can open up a brand new international of artistic percentages for jewellery makers.
In Hot Connections Jewelry, award-winning jewellery dressmaker Jennifer Chin courses you thru each step, from picking out a torch to simple suggestions like sawing, submitting, and riveting, in addition to extra complicated suggestions like developing floor textures, surroundings stones, and utilizing inlay.
With 23 in-depth classes and 15 beautiful initiatives, in addition to inspiring examples from contributing artists, Hot Connections Jewelry is your crucial consultant to unleashing your creativity and self belief in jewellery making.

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This sterling silver, copper, brass, and 14K gold brooch combines a number of suggestions from prior chapters. Riveting is used decoratively to create the bird’s eye and functionally as a mechanism to attach the wing. Marriage of metals creates the trend at the wing, and a spring pin again latch makes the brooch wearable. photograph through ALLEN BRYAN WHAT YOU’LL desire crucial workbench instruments uncomplicated soldering software equipment Silver, copper, and brass sheet metals, 22 gauge difficult, medium, and straightforward solder Sterling silver cord, 20 gauge 3mm tubing of your selection> 1. To create a patterned sheet for the bird’s wing, reduce out 4 ½ × 2–inch segments from either the silver and brass sheet steel, plus in copper. Use your jeweler’s observed for this, after which dossier the perimeters flush. 2. set up the items in your soldering board, alternating forms, and solder the items including difficult solder. Use the stick-solder technique for ease of soldering and no more cleanup (A). Pickle and dry the steel. three. To create a checkerboard trend, minimize the sheet aside, and solder the items jointly in an alternating association utilizing medium solder. (If wanted, repeat this technique; slicing thinner and thicker items will create extra tricky trend aspect. ) four. utilizing the bird-wing template, reduce out the form out of your checkerboard sheet utilizing the jeweler’s observed (B). freshen up your sheet, submitting the sides fresh of burrs and observed marks after which sanding it to take away extra solder and produce out the checkerboard trend. If there’s loads of extra solder to take away, use a split-mandrel attachment with sandpaper in your versatile shaft to make this task more uncomplicated. five. utilizing the chook template on right here, reduce out the form from a brand new piece of sterling silver sheet (C). dossier and sand the perimeters as wanted. 6. Create the pin again at the again of the fowl form utilizing the 20-gauge sterling silver cord (D). (See lesson 20. ) After soldering, pickle and dry the steel. 7. the attention and the wing attachment are either created with rivets (E). To create the attention, make an ornamental rivet with the tubing (see lesson 8). connect the wing with a cord rivet made up of the 20-gauge cord (see lesson 7). eight. to complete, use a metal brush and eco-friendly scrub pad to create a brushed floor. it is a nice undertaking combining the options of embossing and soldering and applying hinge mechanisms. The locket is a uncomplicated field with a swiveling, hinged facet for commencing and shutting. The latch part makes use of an analogous hinge concept yet with a detachable pin to maintain the locket securely close. There are greater than 3 soldering operations during this piece, so cautious heating is needed to prevent reflowing formerly soldered joints. the completed sterling silver locket can carry images or be a reliquary for certain items. To extra decorate the piece, minimize an ornamental window starting out of front panel to permit a view contained in the locket. photograph by way of ALLEN BRYAN WHAT YOU’LL want crucial workbench instruments simple soldering device equipment Sterling silver sheet steel, 22 gauge difficult, medium, and simple solder damaged observed blades (for embossing development) Rolling mill 3mm tubing of your selection Silver twine, sixteen gauge 1.

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