Learn to solder with confidence and ease in this brand new, exciting course from the London Jewellery School. We know that many budding (and even established) jewellers struggle with soldering, especially when it comes to making advanced and complex pieces. Which is why we have put together this course to guide you through each stage of the process to mastering the art of soldering in silver.
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What Will Your Get?
- Lifetime access to 6 comprehensive video lessons, guiding you through all the techniques, tips and tricks to perfecting your soldering
- Downloadable course notes to work alongside the videos
- Access to our supportive community of jewellers and tutors to help you at every stage of the process
- Access to the videos 24/7 - you can stop, pause, rewind and reply as much as you like
- Excellent close-up shots to see what is happening in each step so you don't miss a thing.
What Techniques are covered?
- How to solder in silver, copper and gold
- Soldering pieces with multiple solder joints
- Preparing metals, flux and solder types for soldering
- Working with different solder types and forms; borax & liquid flux. Metal and syringe solder
- Making and working with pickle solutions at home
- Soldering jumprings for jewellery, findings and chains
- Sweat soldering
- Soldering d-shaped rings
- Using all the tools and materials including a jewellers third hand and binding wire
- Soldering a hollow shape/ drum
- Safety when soldering at home
- Troubleshooting common soldering mistakes and Hayley's top hints and tips.
Plus much more!
This really is an excellent course that we are super proud of and are sure you will gain so much from in developing your technique and taking your making skills up the next level.
Hayley is a bench jeweller with over 20 years of experience. She runs her own company making and selling high-end bespoke jewellery.
She has taught at the London Jewellery School for 8 years and also teaches workshops from her own studio. Having been a mentor on the London Jewellery School Diploma for a number of years she is experienced at working with students and has a great capacity to support them on their journey to professional silver and gold jewellery making.
My main focus now is dividing my time between creating bespoke and commissioned pieces for private clients, as well as consulting small jewellery business on ranges, design and production. And of course I love being a tutor for Jewellers Academy and various other organisations and community groups.
Believing in myself and pushing myself to learn and grow even when the hurdles seem so high. As a result I was invited to show my work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, I have been published in Vogue, Stylist and Marie Claire to name a few. And I was invited to be an ambassador for Triumph Lingerie's Women in Making campaigns 2013 and 2014.
Colour is my main source of inspiration, and no matter how hard I try to use muted colours, a flash of bright fuchsia or some tropical hue always seems to find is way into my work. Recently I have found myself drawn back to my roots by being drawn to traditional techniques and skills.
Hayley's website: www.hayleykruger.com
StartHow to Use This Course
StartCourse Notes: The Soldering Masterclass
StartLesson 1: Introduction, tools & materials (7:03)
StartLesson 2: Soldering the Ring (19:20)
StartLesson 3: Multiple Solder Joints (Soldering the Ring to a Base) (20:49)
StartLesson 4: Techniques for Soldering Jumprings and Earring Posts (15:12)
StartLesson 5: Sweat Soldering & Soldering D-Shaped Rings (10:28)
StartLesson 6: Troubleshooting, Hints & Tips for your Soldering (8:40)
Tools & Materials Needed:
- Hand torch (filled with gas/ lighter fluid)
- Fire brick/block
- Flux (borax and cone and/or liquid flux)
- Safety pickle
- Slow cooker or hot water pot (with plastic sieve) or jam jar
- Pyrex bowl with water
- Solder probe
- Fine tipped paintbrush
- Solder in hard
- Jewellers saw with blade
- Reverse action tweezers in a third hand tool
- Bench peg
- Solder: easy, medium and hard (silver)
- Wooden or plastic spoon for mixing the pickle
- Tin snips for cutting the solder
- Steel block
- Turntable for soldering
- Binding wire
- Syringe solder, hard type
- Charcoal block
- Hand file
The Soldering Masterclass has lots of projects for you to practise on. We recommend practising in copper to begin with before moving on to using them in your designs. A sheet of 0.5mm or 0.7mm sheet and 0.8mm round wire would be suitable to work with.
We have a list of worldwide jewellery tools and materials suppliers here
Please note: this is an intermediate level course. It is not recommended for beginners, If you are new to jewellery making we recommend you take The Silver Jewellery Workshop online course first, to master the basics before developing your soldering skills. It is also advisable to start with the Make a Silver Ring course and work your way up to this level. This is a perfect follow-on to these two courses.
See some beautiful pieces made using this course.
From left to right: Claire and Kirsty Hambridge