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Soldering is the process that most jewellers use to join pieces of metal together to form a permanent, invisible bond. Many people are nervous of soldering at first and choose to ‘cold fix’ their jewellery using pliers and wire. You will notice that many of these essential tools are for the preparation and cleaning processes, not the actual soldering itself, but all are of equal importance.? If you approach each stage in a measured and methodical way, you will be ensured some good results. Cooksongold is the UK's largest one-stop shop for the jewellery maker with over 17,000 products including a huge stock of silver, gold, palladium and platinum bullion cut to your requirements (sheet, wire, tube, solder, grain, settings) as well as huge ranges of findings, loose and finished chain, gemstones, ring blanks, jewellery making tools, silver clay, beading materials and much more. The Hand that Feeds cutlery in sterling silver - not jewellery of course, but a set of cutlery I made while a jewellery and metal student. In 1997 I returned to Australia and moved Sydney so that I could study full time at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.
After studying I continued making jewellery while living and working in Sydney and sold my work in a few retail outlets around Australia. After being featured on a few key indie design blogs, my sales took off and soon enough became a major part of my income. After a few years of selling online I finally took the plunge to become entirely creatively self-employed in 2009. And here I am, a whole 20 years after spotting the necklace which first made me curious, still making jewellery and I?m now privileged to be making something vaguely resembling a living from it! Don't forget to check out my 20 years, 20 jewellery pieces, 20% off range for this month only, as well as the other celebrations for the 20th anniversary. Join our mailing list to get insider access to exclusive specials, be first to see new designs and more!

15th April 2010 by Cooksongold Next time you’re at a craft show or jewellery exhibition, ask yourself a question: What sets one jewellery maker’s work apart from another’s and attracts attention? While we’d like to believe that our work can sell itself, the truth is that no matter how beautiful your jewellery is, potential customers are more likely to notice a well-designed display.
However, with a little practice and just a simple selection of inexpensive tools, soldering can become a very portable and versatile technique which can be incorporated into any workspace regardless of size. Soldering Torch: There are torches available to suit all skill levels and to suit all types of work. Shears: the variety of shears existent are used to cut your solder strip? into small pieces or bending sheet metal and wire into shapes. Reverse Action Tweezers: These tweezers are essential for holding and positioning work whilst soldering. Steel plate: A small steel plate or block is used after soldering is complete, to gently cool work down before cleaning. Pickle: is a solution made from sulphuric acid, which is used warm or cold to remove the build up of oxide produced during soldering.? ? Pickle should be kept in a ceramic, glass or acid proof plastic container – NEVER STEEL! Brass brush or pumice powder: After cleaning, jewellery will need to be rinsed and scrubbed to remove any traces of dirt. And if, for some reason things don’t work first time, don’t be disheartened, clean your work thoroughly and start again.? Remember practice makes it perfect, so why not start today?!
You can also check out part one and how you can benefit from the 20th anniversary celebrations with 20% off 20 pieces, a $100 voucher to be won and more!
There I completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts with a Jewellery and Metal major, graduating in 2000.

I wasn't convinced at all that jewellery could be sold successfully via the web, but within a short time of launching a shop on Etsy I realised I was wrong. This allowed me to change to part time employment while running an often more than full time business. Soldering allows you to create professional, beautifully finished pieces of jewellery suitable for sale or simply for your own enjoyment. For most beginners, a hand held butane torch will provide enough heat to complete most small scale jewellery jobs. Most jewellers use gold or silver solders which are sold in strips or panels in Hard, Medium, Easy or Extra Easy.
A small? brass brush or toothbrush dipped in? pumice powder will reveal a clean bright surface ready for polishing.
For larger scale work and for silversmiths, a bigger flame will be needed for example, the? Sievert Torch Kit.
Flux seals the surface of the metal, creating an airtight layer, which in turn allows the solder to run.
A range of fluxes are available to suit all requirements but if you are unsure, start with a? borax dish and? cone.

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