Saturday, April 29, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT
Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse
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.
This class will be recorded, and the recording will be available for students to access through their Little Metal Foxes accounts for a full month after the live class.
Soldering is a basic and essential skill for metalsmiths and jewelry makers. However, not all soldering situations are the same. There are many types of solder, flux, and logistics to consider, to get the solder to go where you need it. During this workshop, the primary focus will be on solder setup in complex soldering situations. We will demonstrate and discuss solder situations involving various types of solder that can make connecting parts easier for more professional results, jigs, clays clips, and claws. We can also address some of the soldering challenges each participant may be facing with projects.
We will discuss the various advantages of several soldering setups and devices so you will know what’s out there, how to improvise, and what is appropriate for you. Other topics to be covered include various fluxes and the challenges with soldering various metals.
- Basic solder setups and tips for getting it to flow.
- Clean, fit, heat, and the correct solder for the situation.
- Wire versus chips.
- Balling solder.
- Pick soldering.
- Paste solder.
Recommended supplies and materials are based on individual needs. We will be discussing the best options for you so you can be an informed consumer. You can practice with what you have, or order later based on today’s lesson.
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 the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping). 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.