one of my hobbies is jewelry making. this past year i decided to expand my skill set just a bit and delve into the wonderful world of soldering. soldered jewelry is very popular these days, so no better time to learn, right!
here is a brief tutorial of basic soldering:
(DISCLAIMER: my skills are rudimentary and all self-taught. i am not a professional, just a girl who wanted to learn, made a few mistakes along the way, and learned a bit)
hunt and gather your supplies. they are:
copper tape - can be found at hobby lobby
flux (i prefer gel) - i bought mine online
solder (lead-free) - hobby lobby
solder iron - most craft stores
something to hold your project in place (everything gets extremely hot!!)
cut your copper tape to the appropriate size of your glass
place half on, and wrap the other half to back
apply gel flux to copper tape.
this will act as the bonding agent between the solder and the copper tape. without it your solder will not adhere (a lesson learned the hard way)
with the solder iron, melt the solder onto the copper tape.
it takes a bit of practice to get a smooth line...mine are still in the "rustic" phase.
here is the finished product! quite satisfying...give it a try!