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Soldering Success in Every Scenario

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Tackle complex connections with soldering savvy. Learn how to account for your piece's materials, mass, heat sinks and beyond.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with all tools & supplies Jim uses
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Jim Dailing
  • 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

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Overview & Key Concepts
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.
2. Wire-Based Connections
3. Delicate Constructions
4. Larger Areas & Seams
5. Affixing Smaller Elements to Larger
6. Mixed Metals

Recommended with this class

  • Smith Little Torch with tips 4-6
  • Acetylene & oxygen tanks & supplies
  • 26-gauge, 14kt gold bezel wire

Taught by

Jim Dailing
Jim Dailing
Jim Dailing creates custom jewelry and wax carvings at his studio in Bend, Oregon. He's been teaching jewelry arts, sculpture and metalsmithing since he earned his MFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1987. Along with teaching classes out of his home studio and for Rio Grande, Jim is an instructor at Central Oregon Community College. His articles and designs can be found in industry publications such as MJSA, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artists and more.

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