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Soldering Beyond the Basics
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Respected teacher and jeweler Joe Silvera shares key soldering techniques that help readers create 16 high-end designs — without a professional jewelry studio! Joe is the perfect coach for jewelry artists who want to practice and improve their skills, work with mixed metals and materials, and discover new ways to connect and finish jewelry pieces. Although this new book includes some basic projects, it teaches intermediate skills that students need as they advance their craft.

• Jewelry makers will expand their skills with intermediate soldering techniques, stone setting, and soldering with mixed metals

• Projects focus specifically on using budget-friendly tools and simple setups

• This thorough soldering resource includes Joe Silvera’s trademark instructions and lots of detailed photos
112 pages • 330 color photos
Price: $21.99
Product Number: 64600
ISBN: 9781627000291
Carton Quantity: 36
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Hot connections. The final frontier. Right? It does seem like using torches is the last thing some jewelry artisans will attempt when they need to connect metal pieces together. Wire wrapping, fibre lashing and riveting are great techniques but soldering makes those connections permanent when the metal components are fused together.

I recently received Joe Silvera's latest book on soldering, Soldering Beyond the Basics for review. It covers ways on how to move on from the basics. This book is thus geared for intermediate to advanced level artisans. His earlier book Soldering Made Simple: Easy techniques for the kitchen-table jeweler is more suitable for beginners.

The Beyond the Basics book is divided into 3 sections. The first deals with materials, tools, studio setup, how to solder and toolkit lists. The second section includes 16 projects which are rated from beginner (novice in soldering) to advanced solderer. The final bit reviews the basics such as annealing, sawing, filing, polishing with power tools, burnishing with a tumbler, adjusting ring size and adding patina.

The first section alone is worth the cost of the book because the author thoroughly explains what is needed to solder. There are, for example, different types of torches available for use so he covers how to fill and ignite them. Especially useful are the pages on adjusting the flame to get oxidizing, neutral or reducing flames, each of which has a different purpose

Also helpful are his tips on how to set up a studio so you can safely solder even at home by following commonsense safety rules. For example, protect the wooden bench top or table with a ceramic floor tile under the solder board.

There is a lot of information to take in - for example learning about firescale -retardant fluxes and anti-flux. So careful reading is required to understand what is needed for the projects.

The first several projects are at the beginner soldering level where he covers how to solder mixed metals, jump rings and even those with beads attached without cracking them with the heat! The fused ball pearl earrings was accomplished using heat shields to protect the pearls.

One excellent project is the Freeform Prongs pendant. The instructions show how a back wire frame for holding the metal focal is created and soldered.

He also teaches the classic bezel method but the double sided bezel technique makes it possible to view the gemstone from both sides.

There are some beautiful stone setting projects. But there was one great project to recycle and fuse scrap sterling silver into rings and perhaps even bracelets!

Definitely a worthy reference book. His first book and this one make a good set for the budding metal smith.

-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal
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