Soldered wire accents allow you to create geometric designs with a line drawing feel. But, soldering thin wires onto sheet metal is a challenge. How do you achieve a complete solder join along the entire length without cumbersome clean-up and polishing? Our very own Studio Coordinator, Erica Stice, has some tips.
Many jewelers remember falling in love with metalsmithing at their first torch soldering experience. That mercurial silver flash when solder starts to flow is magical. But, what is actually happening at that moment? What is the science behind soldering? Learning more about solder can improve your workmanship and help you to choose that right materials for each job.
Rolling mills and jewelry studios go hand in hand. Some jewelers use their rolling mills to imprint patterns on an annealed metal sheet. Others use a rolling mill as the raw material workhorse of their studios. I personally have always seen it as a luxury. As a texture and patterning tool to run brass pattern sheets through or fun found objects. It sort of just sat in studios that I visited, used but not too often. That all changed. Read on to see how the rolling mill can become indispensable in your studio practice.