Point Soldering-Invented by the Devil?

rubelliteearrings2FinalSILOAn outsiders description of using a point soldering tool could easily be:

Set up your carefully fitted parts in perfect alignment, poke them with a glob of solder stuck to the point soldering tool, WHILE heating it with a torch and melt the solder off the stick exactly into the seam without moving any of your parts out of alignment. Repeat with each piece of solder.

If that doesn’t sound like a recipe for madness, I don’t know what does. If you have already invested the considerable time in making point soldering work for you, fine. If you haven’t, save yourself a lot of time and aggravation and use stone tweezers instead.

Stone tweezers are much better than a solder pick for grabbing, placing and moving little bits of solder. There is no learning curve to speak of and multiple pieces of solder can be arranged before soldering. They are pointy enough to pick up small pieces of solder, and their texture, which is meant to grip small stones, also turns out to be perfect for holding tiny solder balls. In addition, they hold up well when subjected to heat. Use your tweezers to put your solder where you want it before you turn on your torch, and to gently nudge it back into position if it moves in the flux while heating.

More about this and lots of other ways to make your soldering easier, faster and more successful are detailed in my new book,

Soldering Demystified

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Soldering Demystified

INTRODUCING A NEW BOOK

BY JEANETTE K CAINES

In this book I’ve distilled over two decades of testing in the studio to bring you the easiest, quickest and most reliable soldering methods, coupled with over 190 luscious macro color photographs.

Stop struggling with soldering and start making your most beautiful and creative work yet.

 

Read the first two chapters for FREE

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Foldforming with Charles Lewton-Brain August 2nd, 3rd and 4th at Jewelry Arts Institute

 Join us with Charles Lewton-Brain at our studio in NYC

 

22 East 49th Street NY NY 10017

Fourth Floor

10am-5pm one hour lunch

850.00

Charles Lewton-Brain is credited with inventing fold forming, a metalsmithing technique recognized the world over as the only new, original innovation in metal working in millennia. Fold forming uses the metal’s flexibility to make complex forms resembling chased, constructed and soldered shapes. You can rapidly achieve results is three to five minutes from single sheets of metal! The tools are simple: fingers, hammers, mallets, anvil, vise and rolling mill.

In three days of demonstration and practice, students will learn to achieve complex high-relief forms. The workshop will use thin gauge copper but these techniques may be used with many metals including gold and silver.

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Walking Tour of the Jewelry District with Jewelry Arts Institute

Walking tour of the Jewelry District with Valerie Blum

Thursday June 27th 9:00 am- 11:00am 75.00

http://jewelryartsinstitute.com/one-day-workshops-2/


47th Street is one of the world’s most vibrant jewelry communities – and an incredible resource for aspiring jewelers. Hidden away in malls and workshops are some of the world’s best platers, casting houses and refiners – even that guy who can fix anything. But where are they – and who are they – in the district’s labyrinth of booths, barkers and hawkers? On this walking tour, you’ll find out – and meet some of our favorite vendors for a rare, behind-the-scenes look at their businesses. Join us for an insider’s view of a fascinating neighborhood, and you’ll never ask where to go on 47th Street again!

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Soldering-What are you doing wrong? with Jeanette Caines

Soldering – what you are doing wrong? with Jeanette Caines

Jewelry Arts Institute NY NY

 Saturday June 22nd  11am-6pm

  190.00

In working with thousands of students over the years, soldering is the least understood skill. Misconceptions abound as well as only partially understood truths.

Lets get down to the nitty gritty of the how and why soldering goes right and wrong. Never again wonder if your solder will flow. We will have demonstrations and discussions of common soldering scenarios and how to do it right so your solder always flows.      Just a teaser…….The hottest part of the flame is not what you think it is.

http://jewelryartsinstitute.com/one-day-workshops-2/

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JAI’s Free Torch Workshop and Open House

Banish torch fear by getting acquainted.

Sunday May 5th 11am-3pm

I would like to invite everyone to JAI’s FREE Workshop: Get to know your Torch on Sunday May 5th from 11am-3pm, here at our studio 22 East 49th street Fourth Floor NY NY.valerie28o If you just enrolled or are thinking about it this is your opportunity to get a head start on how to work with your most important tool, the torch. You are welcome as well if you are a returning student and would like to brush up on your torch skills. We will have instructors giving fusing demonstrations, giving tours and answering your questions. Drop in anytime between 11am-3pm to get to know your torch, and us! Please RSVP at info@jewelryartsinstitute.com

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Jumprings Demystified Workshop with Jeanette Caines

Saturday March 30th

Jewelry Arts Institute

22 East 49th street

Fourth Floor

NY NY 10017

11am-6pm (one hour lunch)

190.00

 

Learn how to get beyond jumpring pitfalls! In this workshop we will have demonstrations and discussions on how to make and solder on your jumprings to enhance your work. You will learn about the tools you need and methods to use to make your jumprings beautiful as well as functional. Sign Up Now

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Soldering Workshop – What are you doing wrong? with Jeanette Caines

Soldering – what you are doing wrong?

       with Jeanette Caines

Jewelry Arts Institute NY NY

 Saturday February 23rd 11am-6pm

  185.00

In working with thousands of students over the years, soldering is the least understood skill. Misconceptions abound as well as only partially understood truths.

Lets get down to the nitty gritty of the how and why soldering goes right and wrong. Never again wonder if your solder will flow. We will have demonstrations and discussions of common soldering scenarios and how to do it right so your solder always flows.

http://jewelryartsinstitute.com/one-day-workshops/Jeanette36

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