Learn to Make Jewellery Stage Two – Soldering Intensive
In this second instalment of introductory jewellery, you will experience the use of a range of jewellery tools and techniques in a friendly and relaxed environment. Your experienced tutor will guide you through a range of techniques to expand upon the fundamentals of introductory jewellery making. This class is designed to have a rotating specialisation throughout the year.
In Stage Two - Soldering Intensive students will concentrate on and hone their soldering skills. You will build your confidence level with the torch by soldering a chain link bracelet, and a hollow formed pendant. Numerous soldering techniques will be practiced intensively while working towards building up samples with varying degrees of joinery, intricacy, and methodology. You will be introduced to a variety of techniques from pick to stick soldering. You will develop an understanding of how to control the flame of the torch, what makes solder flow, and how to problem solve quickly.
This workshop is open to all levels of soldering skills but it is encouraged that you have basic knowledge of jewellery.
The Tutor: Erin Pearce
Erin Pearce is an award-winning Jeweller, who began her career almost 20 years ago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Practicing across multiple artistic disciplines allowed her the opportunity to pursue an increasing motivation to explore concepts through jewellery making. Erin expanded her skills through a number of roles and jewellery courses within the industry, before undertaking an apprenticeship in Jewellery Manufacture.
In 2020 Erin formally launched her own jewellery manufacturing business, Mill Foundry, with a personal focus on further exploration of technique and a desire to learn through every piece she creates. Her work is influenced by mid-century modern design and a constant consideration of the placement of both herself, and her work, between the worlds of Contemporary Art and traditional jewellery manufacturing.
ABOUT THE COURSE
You must complete Learn to Make Jewellery Stage One – An Introduction or equivalent.
Stage Two is designed to cover core specialisations throughout the year. You will be guided through the following techniques over the first few weeks:
Soldering – Learn how to effectively solder small and large scale pieces using silver, copper and gold
Different techniques – Soldering pieces with multiple solder joints: a chain, a hollow shape, jumprings for jewellery and findings
The science behind the technique – Preparing metals, flux and solder types for soldering. Flame and heat use
Findings/ connections – You will gain an understanding in how to attach clasps and connections or additional finer details
Advanced soldering – You will be able to undertake more complex solder joins, knowing what type of join and solder to use for the job at hand.
Confidence – Feel more confident at the torch while elevating your soldering aptitude, through this intensive weekly class
This intensive class will focus heavily on techniques and samples, with the objective of building up high levels of soldering proficiency as the instructor leads students with industry level expertise. Numerous soldering techniques will be practiced intensively while working towards building up samples with varying degrees of joinery, intricacy, and methodology. Build your confidence level with the torch by soldering samples of chain, a hinge, and a hollow formed box. You will develop an understanding of how to control the flame of the torch, what makes solder flow, and how to problem solve quickly. Wearable pieces of jewelry may be worked on throughout the course, when time permits.
Discussion between tutor and the students as a group and as individuals will take place each week, to guide you to improve your skills.
A materials pack is supplied for you to make a sterling silver chain link bracelet & base metal pendant/ earring samples. Included in kit are: Hard, Medium & Easy silver solder, sterling silver for bracelet, base metals for samples and emery. If you wish to work on additional projects, a selection of materials will be available to buy from your tutor at cost price. Students may purchase and bring yellow gold and yellow gold solder to work on a side project.