Over the years I have made quite a bit of jewelry. However, I have a few favorite things that are dear to me, like my soldered charm bracelets, that always seem to add just the right amount of sparkle. Hopefully, my choice of bling beckons others to investigate, to feel, to imagine, to inquire. It’s one way to connect creatively. It is also an avenue to share who we are with others. I believe our adornments, as well as or dress, is a reflection of who we are on the inside.
Together we will learn basic soldering techniques, and learn a few good soldering tricks to create a platform for sharing your true selves, your story, by using playful imagery, symbols, special papers, pieces of love notes, pressed flowers tattered lace or words, that represent who we are. You will learn how to solder jump rings to your glass charm, and attach a few jump rings to or drill holes through some of your own items that you bring along with you to class. Combining your fabulous treasures and newly created glass charms, will provide just enough sparkle in a beautiful statement bracelet to wear.
Kit Fee: $30.00 paid to the instructor at the beginning of class includes.
I will bring several fume extractors to keep odor and any smoke to a minimum. We will share my safety silicon mats (no cookie trays needed for this class), sal ammoniac blocks, flux and brushes, flux neutralizer, terry rags, drill press, and lens cleaners. I will supply all the cut glass, copper foil, and gift you several special charms to add to your pieces for EXTRA bling. You will take home a special wooden solder jig of your own, a sturdy bracelet chain for your finished charms, jump rings and lobster clasps.
Students Must Bring:
1. Soldering set up, which includes a soldering iron…Please make sure it is a 100 Watt ¼” CHISEL FLAT TIPPED SOLDERING IRON (no knife like or point tips), with a sturdy stand, and small cellulose type sponge. Your iron should have either a separate rheostat or one built into the handle to plug the iron into to control an even temperature. This process is very difficult without a rheostat. Also bring your own ½ pound spool of NON-LEAD solder, large bead, with NO rosin core. If you do not have these exact tools, Artistics Artifacts has put them all together for you and will send them directly to you before the workshop, if you pre-order at firstname.lastname@example.org Any Artistic Artifacts cost incurred will be in addition to the $30.00 kit fee. If you have any doubts as to whether your iron and rheostat will work, send me a picture of your equipment asap. ***
2. Two nice jewelry pliers to use for attaching charms to bracelet.
3. A dirty or beat up small pliers to use during the actual solder process. You will need it to manipulate your pieces during the process and the flux will ruin new pliers.
4. Bring a Sharpie Brand marker, any size tip.
5. Small paper cutting scissors.
6. 91% rubbing alcohol, found at Walmart or drug store.
7. Old toothbrush.
8. Optional: bring pressed flowers, thin lace, your own pictures, SIZED AND ALREADY CUT into 1”x1” or 1”x .75” or 1”x.5” pieces, odd or broken costume jewelry pieces, old earrings, rings, other odds and ends. . (The instructor will have plenty of vintage pictures, words, papers, and pressed flower petals for charms if you do not have any of your own to bring in the sizes mentioned).
9. DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT bring any extra glass or copper foils to class. For class to run smoothly, and guaranteed success for everyone, please use only the cut glass pieces that are provided in the workshop kit. After the workshop, you may continue making and adding charms to your bracelet with whatever glass sizes you chose
*** If you do not have the your own soldering iron set up, as listed above in #1, please order supplies from Judy Gula’s, Artistic Artifacts store online at email@example.com Here you will can order the soldering equipment that you need for the class and for years of enjoyment at home.
*ALL STUDENTS WITH LONG HAIR SHOULD HAVE IT TIED BACK, LONG PANTS AND CLOSED TOED SHOES!