Popular jewelry designer and instructor Scott David Plumlee shows readers how to create 24 intricate-looking earrings, bracelets, and necklaces at home with a new quick and easy soldering technique.
An innovative new material is turning traditional soldering upside down. Scott David Plumlee, author of Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry, teaches jewelry makers how to use a revolutionary new soldering paste and a small hand-held butane torch to create a range of seemingly complex but easily doable chain and bead designs at their kitchen table--no elaborate, expensive studio required. Scott's ingenious methods, clear instruction, and inspiring designs will give any aspiring jewelry maker the confidence to master this formerly intimidating technique.
Table of Contents
Introduction Exploring the Book Wire, Beads, Tools, and Finishes Wire Beads Soldering Tools Hand Tools Finishing Processes
Essential Soldering Techniques and Problem Solving Paste Soldering Techniques Common Soldering Problems (and Solutions) Dimensional Soldering Problems Metal Colors Making Argentium Silver and Gold-Filled Head Pins
Jump Rings and Basic Chain Patterns Jump Ring Theory Wrapping and Cutting Jump Rings Jump Ring Sizes for the Chain Patterns Working with Jump Rings Chain Pattern Tutorials
Four Clasps and an Earring Back The Magnetic Clasping System The S-Clasp Argentium Silver Bar and Loop Toggle Clasp Coiled Bar and Loop Toggle Clasp Earring Backs
Peace Symbol Designs Wire-Wrapping Basics Single Peace Necklace Double Peace Bracelet Triple Peace Earrings Byzantine Peace Necklace
SCOTT DAVID PLUMLEE has been making jewelry for over a decade and has led more than 150 workshops on chain jewelry at crafts venues nationwide. A world traveler and jack-of-all-trades, Scott has studied ancient cultures and craft designs all over the world. His work has been featured in Bead & Button, Wirework, and Art Jewelry magazines, and can be seen at www.davidchain.com. He is the author of Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections, and Chain and Bead Jewelry Geometric Connections. His studio is based in Taos, New Mexico.
Silver Soldering Simplified by Scott David Plumlee