Sunday, August 29, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
This class includes the video recording, which you will have access to for 30 days after the class (we've got your back if you can't attend the live class in person!).
Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
The addition of gold accents adds value and a color option to your work while still remaining affordable. This workshop will focus on an introduction of gold and silver accents through flowing solder into recessed areas of textured metal. The solder inlay technique can be done with a variety of solders to add color, and your best results will be on a sterling or copper base sheet. This is a great way to experiment on a budget! Instruction will include information that will familiarize you with how different solders work. Students will learn through instruction, demonstration, and later practicing the techniques using solder and sheet to construct pieces that can be used for all kinds of jewelry and wearable art. The focus will be on the essentials of surface treatments using gold and silver solders. Also, the proper use of tools and equipment, studio safety, and finishing techniques. Project demos will include making pendant samples using sheet with gold and silver solder accents.
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate, with ability to solder
Supply List for Students
The links below will take you to RioGrande.com or other suppliers. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access Rio Grande wholesale pricing for significant savings. This site may contain Amazon and other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, at no cost to you, we may receive a small commission on qualifying purchases.
- 6"-12" inches of gold easy solder (~1/2 pennyweight) - will give you plenty to experiment with. Any karat of gold solder will work, for example 10k easy gold solder.
- silver easy solder in wire and/or sheet - It will take a good bit of solder to fill deep texture - make sure you have several feet of silver wire solder on hand.
- 16-20 gauge copper sheet - minimum 3"x3” piece recommended to experiment with. (Pick this up at the hardware store or at Rio Grande)
- 16-20 gauge sterling sheet is a good base to work on - minimum 2"x2” piece recommended to experiment with.
Options For the Flux
There are several fluxes you can use to protect the surface. A good flux will create a fire-coat on the surface covering all of the metal. Prepared fluxes include Cuprinol, Pripp’s, and Stop-Ox II work very well for this process. I like the Stop-Ox II. It must be applied as you are warming up the metal. I use the 8oz spray bottle for application.
- Paste Flux (or a Borax and water-based flux.)
- Stop-Ox II from Rio Grande. This is water-soluble and non-flammable. I recommend the 8 oz spray bottle.
These tools are available from Rio Grande and other suppliers locally and online for your convenience. But, if you have your own tools or want to add to your kit, this is what we will be using.
- Jeweler saw & 2/0 blades
- Dapping block and punches
- Stamps (alpha/numeric and design shapes)
- Small hammer
- Small tweezers
- Hand drill, Dremel or flexshaft
- Bench pin
- 6” half round file
- Flush wire cutters
Items from the hardware or drugstore
- Emery paper, 200/400/600 or emery boards
- Center punch/scribe
- Safety glasses
Torch and soldering set up. (If you don’t have a torch and set up, check out the starter set from Seattle Findings!
Use the code ME20 for a 10% student discount when ordering from Seattle Findings!). They also have some good starter kits for students.
- Here’s a good basic student kit from Rio Grande
- Rolling mill