Learn sophisticated jewelry soldering techniques alongside custom jeweler Jim Dailing in this class from Craftsy and Rio Grande. Start by getting comfortable with wire-based constructions as Jim walks you through soldering earring posts, small wire elements and a structural cube. Move on to tackling connections for delicate findings with a lesson on soldering jump rings, T-bar clasps and pinbacks. Then turn up the heat as you see how to solder larger areas and seams while Jim demonstrates on a wide-band ring, a two-layer ring, and a scored and folded piece. Take your technique further as you build skills for connecting a smaller element to a large one that's already been soldered. Plus, Jim will teach you how to solder pieces that contain two different metals while minimizing cleanup and accounting for the metals' differing conductivities.
Meet your instructor, Jim Dailing, and explore how each lesson will give you skills for assessing different soldering scenarios, choosing a strategy and applying skills that will help you succeed. He'll also share some essential info for the setup considerations, materials and heating techniques that will come into play for every scenario.
Explore some basic jewelry-making scenarios where small pieces of wire need to be soldered. Watch as Jim demonstrates how to set up and solder earring posts, small wire elements and a three-dimensional cube.
Build confidence soldering more delicate constructions such as findings without overheating your pieces. From jump rings to a T-bar clasp and a pinback, you'll see how to avoid mishaps with smarter soldering technique for these jewelry pieces.
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