Beginning the Soldering Adventure

My apologies for the long time between posts again. I really need to start putting it on my calendar.

 

As you might remember, about a year ago I wrote about a class I took in which I learned how to solder sterling silver. I had every intention of starting to do this in my own creations from the start of this year, but only now have I been able to get started. But…I have started and I’m excited!

 

When most people hear about soldering, they think it involves a soldering iron; however, soldering silver involves a small butane torch, which means an open flame. This was part of my hesitancy in getting started. I feared the flame. Even after I set my mind to it, I struggled to get the concept of the flame. I was using it outside and in the bright light, I couldn’t see it until it was huge. I’m honestly not sure how I didn’t burn down my house!

 

My husband came to my rescue and got the torch set up correctly for me and moved me to a shady area so I could see the flame better. Within a matter of minutes, I had accomplished what I had been trying to do for about four hours. The sad part is, it was only two little solder joints. Live and learn I suppose.

 

The outcome of my adventure was two small rings which I was so excited about I worked them into a pair of earrings right away. Here you can see what I did:

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The silver around the edge is what I soldered and the copper disks I cut and formed by hand. The earwires are also hand-forged. I am so thrilled to be moving into this next step in jewelry design. I have wanted to do this for so long.

 

Soldering opens up a lot of doors for me because it allows me to work with metal more and this gives me the opportunity to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces. I also want to create pieces that all work together so customers can mix and match items better and add to their collections. For example, I plan to make a sterling silver cuff bracelet that could go with these earrings, but it could work on its own or with a few other pieces I have created. I also plan on making a necklace which will match these earrings, but it will also match a few pairs of earrings I have created using only copper disks.

 

As soon as the UPS man arrives tomorrow with my shipment of new supplies, I’ll really get started. Oh, and I’m going to make a note to keep you up-to-date on my progress as well!

 

Thanks for stopping by!