Sweat soldering is one of the most underrated metalsmithing techniques. It may sound complicated, but it’s simply sandwiching two or more pieces of metal together using solder. This allows an artist to paint a scene or create a contrasting, raised design in metal. Sweat soldered designs can be simple or intricate with many layers working together or by creating one clear silhouette.
In Sweat Soldered Pendant, participants will learn tips and trick on how to design and pierce intricate silver, copper and brass layers that are sweat soldered to a backplate. We will discuss best soldering practices and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items:
2 x 3 inches 20 gauge Sterling silver sheet, dead soft
2 inches 3.0 mm outer diameter heavy-wall sterling silver tubing (usually sold in 1 ft lengths)
some of each hard, medium, easy, extra-easy silver wire solders
jeweler’s saw frame
1 pack 2/0 saw blades
1 each round and half round needle file, cut 0 (or get the set here)