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.
The annual Halstead Design Challenge encourages participants to create a brooch revolving around a theme using the same kit of materials. This year’s competition inspired unique pieces with hidden objects and impressive mechanisms. Click through to the individual entry listings to see videos that unveil the surprise element of each piece.