Learn To: Soldering Masterclass FRI 07 JUNE

Date: Friday 07 June, 2024

Start Time: 10am

End Time: 4.30pm

Venue: FORGE

This day course is a skills improvement course and consists of soldering exercises to improve your understanding and undertaking of soldering tasks. You will be practising different soldering techniques.

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What will I make?

You will not be making a piece of jewellery but will be practising different soldering techniques.

What will happen on the day?

The day will begin with an overview of soldering equipment and the tools needed, with a look at various pieces of additional equipment that can help aid soldering jobs. We will then progress to a number of soldering exercises that will be undertaken in copper and silver. Exercises will cover pallion, stick and sweat soldering with an exercise that will need students to have some scrap sterling silver sheet and/or wire with them.

There will be lots of time during the masterclass to discuss tips and tricks to help with soldering, ask questions of the tutor and the day will finish with a look at samples of soldered work, both successful and unsuccessful to impart more information of how to improve your soldering going forward.

You will be given hand outs with this course, so you can go home and refer to them as you continue your soldering journey.

What skills do I need?

Difficulty Level: MEDIUM/ HARD

No previous experience needed, just a steady hand, a little patience and willingness to give it a go! Don't worry if you feel you're not artistic or creative, you will be taken through the whole process step by step.

What should I bring?

- Reading glasses (if you need them!) 

- Money or card payment for optional gold plating and posting rings to you (if collecting isn't possible)

- Sterling silver scrap for making some earrings that you will be soldering silver posts onto. Ideally some sterling sheet )over 0.5mm thick) and some wire but anything you have will be useful

What should I wear? 

Clothes: Casual and not too precious as they may get a bit dusty or damaged.  Avoid long, loose fitting sleeves and anything that might catch or get caught whilst you are working.

Shoes: Casual flat shoes and no open toed sandals in case you drop a hammer or something hot on them!

Hair: Tie long hair back.

Who is my instructor?

Laila Smith has been making jewellery for over 25 years and she started her career on a Fellowship in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. She has been teaching for two decades and has run her own jewellery studio for a little longer.

How do I get there? 

See contact page for details on public transport and parking.