Silver Soldering Simplified: A New Jewelry Technique You Can Do at Home

Silver Soldering Simplified: A New Jewelry Technique You Can Do at Home

Scott David Plumlee

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 0770433677

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Popular jewelry designer and instructor Scott David Plumlee shows readers how to create 24 intricate-looking earrings, bracelets, and necklaces at home with a new quick and easy soldering technique.

An innovative new material is turning traditional soldering upside down. Scott David Plumlee, author of Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry, teaches jewelry makers how to use a revolutionary new soldering paste and a small hand-held butane torch to create a range of seemingly complex but easily doable chain and bead designs at their kitchen table--no elaborate, expensive studio required. Scott's ingenious methods, clear instruction, and inspiring designs will give any aspiring jewelry maker the confidence to master this formerly intimidating technique.

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workshops. All the fine art retail galleries that retail my jewelry and provide representation. Betty Wong and all the fine folks at Potter Craft, Crown, and Random House. Martha Moran, for your editorial skills to organize creative ideas into teachable concepts. Sophie Lenoir, for the rooftop photo shoot to capture my face in front of Taos Mountain. Spider, for making the best jump rings in the universe and for all the good advice. Over the past decade of leading workshops and

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jaw a consistent 3.1mm and the other a consistent 3.9mm diameter. They are designed to secure beads onto head-pin wires with a double loop (see The Magnetic Clasping System). Mandrel-tip pliers. Nylon-tip pliers are used to straighten fine 24-gauge wire during wire wrapping and bead setting. Generic brands have an inferior nylon jaw, while Swanstrom ones and have a Delrin® jaw (a high-tech resin that lasts longer and resists grooving). Nylon-tip pliers (with Delrin® jaws). Side

remove this pink coloring I use a second pickle solution, which contains one part Sparex® acid (sodium bisulfate) to four parts hydrogen peroxide (available at drugstores) in a small container. The acid-peroxide solution quickly gives up its extra oxygen atoms to the air, and thus is only active for a day or two, so just make a small amount to cover the metal. Again after this second pickling process, always neutralize your jewelry with baking soda and rinse under tap water. Patina. Although

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