Hot Connections Jewelry: The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques
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The art of soldering—permanently joining metal components with a torch and solder—can open up a new world of creative possibilities for jewelry makers.
In Hot Connections Jewelry, award-winning jewelry designer Jennifer Chin guides you through every step, from choosing a torch to basic techniques like sawing, filing, and riveting, as well as more advanced techniques like creating surface textures, setting stones, and using inlay.
With 23 in-depth lessons and 15 stunning projects, as well as inspiring examples from contributing artists, Hot Connections Jewelry is your essential guide to unleashing your creativity and confidence in jewelry making.
it from, the pickle solution. Never put steel tools or wire in your pickle. STRIKER A striker is a tool used for igniting the torch flame. It creates a spark with a flint rubbing against a coarse steel surface. THIRD HAND A third hand holds locking tweezers in place and is useful for situations in which elements need temporary support during soldering. STEEL BINDING WIRE Flexible steel binding wire is useful for holding components together while they’re being soldered.
outside hole of a small ring until you have a chain of alternating-size rings. Be sure the two smaller rings with the single holes are located on the ends. Pickle the bracelet. 16. Check the clasp mechanism, making sure the clasp ring slides into the latch ring with a small amount of resistance. If it is too small, file away metal until it is the correct size. If the opening is too large, squeeze the ring around a mandrel so that the ends are slightly closer together, being careful not to
PHOTO BY ALLEN BRYAN FORM & FUNCTION: BASIC MECHANISMS Mechanisms in jewelry are used to attach, hold, fasten, and suspend components. Commercially created mechanisms are called findings and include clasps, earring wires, nuts, cuff link backs, and pin backs. Premade findings are convenient, but creating your own mechanisms will add a completed look to your jewelry, and this chapter will include lessons on these essential jewelry-making techniques. Creating basic mechanisms, such as
soldering tool kit Silver, copper, and brass sheet metals, 22 gauge Hard, medium, and easy solder Sterling silver wire, 20 gauge 3mm tubing of your choice> 1. To create a patterned sheet for the bird’s wing, cut out four ½ × 2–inch segments from both the silver and brass sheet metal, plus two in copper. Use your jeweler’s saw for this, and then file the edges flush. 2. Arrange the pieces on your soldering board, alternating types, and solder the pieces together with hard solder. Use the
respirator has the proper filter for the chemicals to which you’ll be exposed. • Fit is key. Your mask must be airtight but comfortable to wear. • Change filters as needed. • Dust masks are not sufficient protection from fumes. Soldering respirator with filters and an adjustable strap. This simple ventilation system was created with a fan, aluminum ducts, and connectors to vent soldering fumes to the outside. SAFETY GOGGLES You should always wear plastic safety goggles during