Book Review: Review of Soldering Made Simple by Joe Silvera
Learn to Solder Metal Jewelry
Sometimes there’s just no getting around something. It’s certainly that way with making art jewelry. If you want to keep improving your work, you know you’re just gonna have to improve your skills. If you haven’t been classically trained as a metalsmith or art jeweler, then learning to solder metal may be something that you’ll want to learn as a priority. Soldering Made Simple: Easy techniques for the kitchen table jeweler by Joe Silvera may then be exactly what you’re looking for. You'll find some wonderful jewelry making instructions in this book.
Wonderfully straightforward, Part One of the book, Soldering Made Simple, tightly defines the process of soldering metals along with full descriptions of soldering tools and all the tools for jewelry making you’ll need to begin your soldering adventure. Soldering Techniques follows and includes all the information you’ll need to get started with some easy practice on how to fuel and light your torch, adjust the flame, etc. This section alone justifies the books’ purchase.
Meaty Metalsmithing with Soldering Jewelry
Metalworking Techniques is the next section and includes information about annealing (heating and thereby softening the metal), hammering, filing and drilling and using a jeweler’s saw. You’ll also learn how to make jump rings, use a dapping set for forming metal, polishing and also how to patina (add color). This is a fabulous extra amount of information that goes beyond simple soldering. Wonderful plus here because it gives you some options of what you can do with the metal once it’s been soldered.
Rounding out the first half of the book is a section called, Tool and Equipment Sets, that delineate all of the various tools you’ll need for each of the projects that follow in the second half of the book. This is unique and cuts down redundancy in the book.
Part Two is the meat of this book with twelve projects in all. The projects increase in complexity and by the time you’ve hit number twelve, the author feels confident that you’ll have some pretty good soldering skills under your belt. You’ll not only learn how to do simple soldering like earring wires, but you’ll also learn how to solder seams and use a soldering tripod.
In these projects, as I said earlier, you’ll also gain some expertise in texturing the metal and things like soldering mixed metals. Want to learn how to set a stone by making your own bezel? Well, Mr. Silvera makes that look easy, folks.
All in all, Soldering Make Simple by Joe Silvera, is a very well done and conceived book for anyone wanting to learn the essentials of soldering.
One of the best parts of this book however, is that Mr. Silvera also teaches you some additional metalsmithing techniques as a bonus. Hands down, you're gonna get some most excellent jewelry making instructions with this wonderful book.