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Metalworking is generally regarded as a skill that takes years of dedication, requires a large studio space, and costs a lot of money. Fortunately, "Simple Soldering" proves that does not need to be the case! This handy how-to guide is complete in its exploration of the craft of creating soldered metal jewelry, including tools, techniques, and 20 beautiful projects that beginners and enthusiasts can make at home.
A seasoned instructor at Beaducation, Kate Richbourg demystifies basic soldering for any home crafter, showing how to create sophisticated, polished, and professional-looking jewelry pieces through simple soldering techniques. First, she'll show you how to set up a jewelry workspace that fits the confines of your budget and living space. Detailed step-by-step instructions walk you though the basic tools and materials you need, plus how to use them. A Sampler chapter gives a host of introductory exercises that teach solid skills, allowing you to test these techniques on a small scale. Finally, the book culminates in 20 finished projects that include earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, and clasps that may also include bead or wire embellishment.
Kate also demonstrates how to combine and layer techniques to gorgeous effect. She also examines common mistakes, shows how to correct or adapt them, and gives advice on when it's time to start over. As well, she addresses common "myths," or unconventional techniques, circulating in the amateur jewelry community ("I'm afraid of chemicals--can I use Kool-Aid to pickle my pieces," or "can a kitchen torch be used on solder?") and talks about which ones work and which don't. Find answers to your questions in "step-out" boxes that explain certain ideas, designs, and innovative concepts.
Paired with an instructional DVD, Kate's expert teaching skills will help projects come alive, right in your own studio.
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Table of Contents

* Metalworking is growing, growing, growing-the next big wave in jewelry-making craft * A thorough guide focused solely on soldering techniques. It is the only authoritative book that also includes a DVD, which brings a personal touch to the work and enhances the understanding of techniques from the book that are easier to learn by watching * Current books tend to be encyclopedic and intimidating to beginners or crafters looking to develop their skills. Many focus mainly on the use of tanks/torches and a dedicated studio on a big scale. Simple Soldering teaches how to create polished pieces without requiring dedicated studio space or lots of expensive tools and materials * A solid, in-depth primer on a basic jewelry-making skill: beginner exercises on inexpensive copper tiles guide readers though basic metalworking techniques, plus readers are encouraged to layer and combine techniques * Expert tips on how to identify, correct, and adapt mistakes, as well as advice on when it's time to give up and start over

About the Author

Kate Ferrant Richbourg is the former Director of Education for Beaducation and has led classes and workshops around the world and online. She has more than 16 years of experience teaching jewelry techniques, including beading, wirework, and metalsmithing. Simple Soldering is her first book. Kate lives in California.

Reviews

-Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making, by Kate Ferrant Richbourg is a complete course in soldering... It is taught with all the clarity and enthusiasm for which the author is famous. I was knocked out by the method of learning devised by the author. I have never seen anything like it. It is wonderful... Each project has the charm of artisan style. The hand crafted look is very evident and completely appealing. None of the designs are anything less than keenly beautiful. Kate Ferrant Richbourg is not only one of our greatest instructors, she is one of our greatest designers.- --Pretty Kitty Dog Moon Jewelry "Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making, by Kate Ferrant Richbourg is a complete course in soldering... It is taught with all the clarity and enthusiasm for which the author is famous. I was knocked out by the method of learning devised by the author. I have never seen anything like it. It is wonderful... Each project has the charm of artisan style. The hand crafted look is very evident and completely appealing. None of the designs are anything less than keenly beautiful. Kate Ferrant Richbourg is not only one of our greatest instructors, she is one of our greatest designers." --Pretty Kitty Dog Moon Jewelry ""Simple Soldering: A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Making," by Kate Ferrant Richbourg is a complete course in soldering... It is taught with all the clarity and enthusiasm for which the author is famous. I was knocked out by the method of learning devised by the author. I have never seen anything like it. It is wonderful... Each project has the charm of artisan style. The hand crafted look is very evident and completely appealing. None of the designs are anything less than keenly beautiful. Kate Ferrant Richbourg is not only one of our greatest instructors, she is one of our greatest designers." --Pretty Kitty Dog Moon Jewelry

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