Soldering is one of the fundamental building blocks of jewelry fabrication, and can be one of the most challenging to feel confident and comfortable with. Join Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick for Soldering Mastery and become best friends with your torch!
In this class, Jenn will take you through various soldering exercises, refining your technique and heat control. We will be covering various styles of seams in connecting sheet to sheet, sheet to wire, and wire to wire. We will also work with a variety of methods of soldering, and talk about what is appropriate and efficient for different applications. From larger seams to small details, clean seams to complex construction, this class covers it all!
Techniques covered include:
- Different grades of solder and their properties
- Different styles of seams for both sheet and wire
- Heat and torch control
- How to choose and use various soldering aids
- Holding pieces while soldering accurately
- How to tackle complex fabrication
- Pallion, stick, and paste soldering
- Soldering on small details
- Soldering moving parts
- Soldering on textured surfaces with control
- Clean-up tips and tricks
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
A kit of materials is included with this class and will be mailed to you. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping..
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
This course meets for 6 sessions, 3 hours per session, for a total of 18 hours. Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
Tools for this Class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of tools with recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- Torch- large butane or acetylene/air or propane/oxygen
- Extra butane canisters if using butane torch
- Soldering set-up- solderite board, pick, pickle
- Hard charcoal block
- Honeycomb or ceramic block
- Third hand with base
- Paste flux
- Liquid flux- My-T-Flux, Cupronil, or other liquid flux with applicator or spray bottle
- Soft brass brush
- Radials and mandrel
- Sandpaper assortment
- Half round hand file
- Needle files
- Bench pin
- Saw frame
- Saw blades
- Dremel or flexshaft
- Rawhide or nylon mallet
- Steel bench block
- Steel pins (straight or T, no plastic tops)
- A few disposable plastic or paper cups
- Wire cutters
- Pro shears or solder snips
- Chain nose pliers
- Round/flat forming pliers
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Prior experience with soldering and fabrication is required. Jewelry 1 and 2 or equivalent experience.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick
|Date & Times
|Wed. May 5, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time),|
Wed. May 12, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. May 19, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. May 26, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. Jun 2, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time),
Wed. Jun 9, 6PM - 9PM PT (Pacific Time)