This weekend, learn soldering!
Learning to solder will widen your horizons and allow for many possibilities in your creative journey. There are many tools on the market today to make soldering simple and easy.
- Soldering block
- Butane torch or soldering iron
- Water (for quenching)
- Third hand / clamp (optional)
You can purchase most of these materials at your local hardware store or try a specialty jewelry supply shop like jewelrysupply.com.
For a basic overview of how soldering works, watch this video.
The next video demonstrates how to solder for jewelry making such as attaching a jump ring and has good tips on where to place the torch for different projects. I love that he uses a spray bottle for quenching . . . smart idea!
And finally, the set-up in this video is a little more sophisticated, but you don’t need the jeweler’s torch and spinning soldering block if you’re first starting out. Watch this video for what to do and where to place the heat if you’re soldering a wire to a back-plate or basically any project that has one lower melting point item than the other.
Ready? Start soldering this weekend!
- Solder tip tinning and care. (gotopac.com)