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with Joanna Gollberg
Online Class

Solder Smarter: Strategies for Better Results

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 11 episodes
  • 2h43m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

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

2. Torch Use

Your torch is the most important and powerful piece of equipment in your soldering toolkit. Joanna introduces a popular gas-oxygen model, the Smith Little Torch, discusses gas options and shares safety tips.

3. Soldering Setup

3. Soldering Setup

Set yourself up for success! Learn about the functionality of different soldering surfaces and types of solder. Joanna shows how to set up your gas tanks and check for leaks. Then, light your torch and adjust the flame size for a variety of tasks. Joanna also discusses safety and good joins.

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