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Solder Smarter: Strategies for Better Results

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Take your skills to the next level with soldering tricks that will improve your pieces AND build your confidence!

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What You Get

  • 11 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies Joanna recommends
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Joanna Gollberg
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Master your torch and conquer challenging jewelry fabrication with ease! Metalsmith Joanna Gollberg guides you step by step through common soldering challenges and beyond, starting with the most important tool: your torch. Learn proper heat control for a variety of tasks and conquer firestain with tips on fluxes and fixes. Find out how to properly stage complicated projects, from curved and round pieces to intricate wire joints, and practice two sweat-soldering methods that offer greater precision. Then, successfully solder intricate designs with Joanna's foolproof tips for stick soldering with wire solder, and learn to solder multiple joints at once to quickly make prong settings. Finally, learn troubleshooting tips every metalsmith needs to know and discover how to refine your pieces with texture or polish for a flawless, professional finish.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction
Meet metalsmith Joanna Gollberg and get an overview of the techniques she'll cover. You'll be able to use the class as a reference, learning or reviewing key soldering techniques whenever you need!
2. Torch Use
3. Soldering Setup
4. Flux & Firescale
5. Appliqué
6. Pre-Melting Solder
7. Props
8. Stick Soldering
9. Penetrable Soldering Block
10. Troubleshooting
11. Finishing

Recommended with this class

  • Dual-fuel torch such as the Smith Little Torch (oxy/acetylene or oxy/propane) with gauges
  • Smith size 4 or 5 tip
  • Flex shaft & accessories

Taught by

Joanna Gollberg
Joanna Gollberg
Joanna Gollberg received her jewelry design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Upon graduating, she founded Joanna Gollberg Jewelry and she has been making and selling her original designs ever since. Joanna has authored four books, including The Art & Craft of Making Jewelry and The Ultimate Jeweler's Guide, and her designs have been featured in numerous publications such as Art Jewelry magazine, 1000 Rings and 21st Century Jewelry. Joanna teaches jewelry making at the Penland School of Crafts, the Denver School of Metal Arts, the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts and here on Craftsy!

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