Here is some info and things you will learn by viewing the videos associated
with the Silversmithing and Metalsmithing show tools above:
Spider Hold Down Tool:
The patented Spider Hold Down Tool is most often used, where a Third Hand Tool
is not practical or easy to use, like positioning embellishments that are
to small to hold, to place bails accurately without having to fiddle
with adjustment that may change when the solder melts and saving time
when setting up to solder small components.
Lazy Sue SolderN'Board TM:
Lazy Sue SolderN'Board is a product of
necessity. We discovered, in class the hard way, that maintaining an
even heat while moving a torch around and trying to avoid melting the
bezel can be a very challenging situation especially for a beginner.
After repeated melted projects we realized that the project being moved
made more sense in many situations. Ta Da! Enter the rotating
SolderN'Board. Centering the work piece on the rotatable
SolderN'Board and stabilizing
your arm against you work table helps you maintain a consistent height
above the work piece with a more controllable angle. I have also found
that the the ability to place components and solder accurately are also
enhanced tremendously by being ability move the entire work piece with
having to get you arms and hands in weird positions.
Butane Jewelry Soldering Torch with Gauge:
"What soldering torch should I buy for making Jewelry" is almost the
first question a novice Silversmith or jewelry designer asks, Beginners
are typically presented with several decisions when buying their first
torch. Usually they learn from books, YouTube Videos, or a class and
purchase what the instructor suggests. When i started silversmithing I
did the same thing. When i finally started teaching, WOW! were my eyes
opened. The torch I learned on was a common plumbers torch designed for
soldering copper pipes. It was really a challenge for some folks to even
hold, keep the flame lit, sensitive to room temperature and had a poorly
focused heating point.
I went out and bought a few hardware store torches and found
that they varied in a great degree on temperature, flame size, reaction
to soldering at a 90 degree angle and many other issues. After finding
that they varied in great degree I realized I needed a torch that was
designed for the size projects i was working on. Most of the projects I
teach in my classes are between 1 and 3 square inches with a solid back
plate, so i finally settled on a torch similar to a Crème Brule torch
similar to the one called a Max Flame that was designed for soldering. I
continued to use that for my classes and eventually ended up private
branding the device. As time went by I eventually reached the conclusion
that the longevity of this torch was very short and the reliability was
questionable. After having a few heated discussions with manufacturer I
discontinued the use of that torch. These problems led me down a new
path, that was to find the best torch for this application.
Over the years I found that a beginning Jewelry Maker is unwilling to
spend over $500 and he/she needs a few torches that that varied in size,
one for small pieces about the size of a dime, a mini- torch with a
flame about an inch long and pencil point flame, a medium size torch
good for pieces and the sizes of a quarter to silver dollar size, this
is the torch i sell above , The
Butane Jewelry Soldering Torch With Gauge,
and a finally for pieces larger than a silver dollar the hardware store
Butane Jewelry Soldering Torch with Gauge
I sell has a few features most other small torches don't, the temperature
reaches 2450 degrees Fahrenheit, it has a fine flame size control knob,
and it is possible to tell how much fuel is in the torch. That last one
is a real big deal. Many other torches sold for Jewelry making tell you
to turn the torch upside down and fill till it overflows, so in order to
be sure you have enough Butane in your torch you are constantly filling
the torch to make sure you don't run out in the middle of your project.
With the gauge you know that you are not going to run out of fuel in the
middle of the project so your stress level steps down a notch.
With all the small butane torches like this one I strongly recommend
that you do not use the plastic adaptors sold with the Butane,
they are in the lid. They deteriorate and cause small pieces of plastic
to get introduced into areas of the torch that cause problems with the
size and quality of the flame.
There is also a popular torch on the market that the manufactures
says something along the line of "if the flame starts to be uneven you
need to clean the torch by blowing compressed air into the nozzle".
does this make sense to you? It doesn't to me. If I introduce air into
to the chamber that is supposed to hold butane haven't i just created an
explosive device? Air + Butane compressed in an enclosed chamber with
a handy igniter equals BOOM! In addition to that haven't I just blown
the contaminants back into the butane storage chamber?
As with all our really useful tools caution and common sense should
be followed. Things like never leaving a cigarette lighter or Butane can
in our work space, having no more than one torch on the bench at one
time, keeping some baking soda handy for acid spills and keeping a iced
drink on the bench in case of burns.
Cool Pickle #2:
Cool Pickle # 2 is used for removing surface oxidation, scale,
cleaning and pickling of non-ferrous and precious metals (silver,
copper, duralumin, nickel, copper, zinc and etc). It produces shiny,
bright surfaces without destroying fine details. A long lasting
replacement for Sulfuric Acid.
Our Cool Pickle # 2 may be the answer to your question "what pickle
should i use for Sterling Silver and Copper?". This pickle solution uses
the chemical Sodium Bisulfate as it active ingredient. It is useable hot
or cold. I typically use it cold because almost all heated acids are
more dangerous then cold ones. It works very rapidly when heated, but
rarely takes more than 15 minutes to clean material when used cold.
Unlike some of the other Sodium Bisulfate pickles it does not scum up on
the top and discolor rapidly. You can use the pickle until it stops
working or gets so dirty you can see through it to pick out the pieces
you are pickling.
The mixing recommendation is to use 4 parts of water and 1 parts of
Cool Pickle #2. I like using a straight sided 16 ounce Mason Jar. You
can use hot or cold water. In the mason Jar put in 2 inches of water and
then add a half inch of Cool Pickle #2 pickle powder. The solution still
works with less pickle powder but it take longer to clean your metal.
"How do i dispose of my pickling solution"? The recommended method of
disposal is to neutralize the pickle with baking soda and then evaporate
the water out of the solution and then put the resulting solid crystal
in a container to be disposed of with your household hazardous waste. Do
not pour this or any pickle solution down sink or into a public sewer
system or septic waste system. The silver oxides can kill the bacteria.
Prips Flux Powder:
What is Prips Flux? What is the formula for
Prips Flux? How do I mix Prips flux? How do I use Prips Flux?
Prips Flux is used to prevent fire scale, oxidation and
protection of surfaces being soldered,
I like this flux because it does not use alcohol. This means i don't
have another flammable or extremely dangerous chemical on my work bench. The
components in the powder are Boric acid, a food preservation and
cleaner, Boraxo, a soap and Tri-Sodium Phosphate, a metal pickling flux
and industrial cleaner. The combination is a very effective metal
cleaning and surface preparation treatment that makes soldering a lot
easier. The formula for Prips flux is:
Prips Powder Formula
3,2,2 mixture by weight mixed
4 parts water 1 part Prips flux powder *
16 oz /454 gr
8 oz/227 gr
4 oz/114 gr
4.0 oz / 114 gr
2 oz/ 57gr
1 oz / 28gr
1.7 oz/ 48 gr
.85 oz/ 24 gr
.43 oz/14 gr
1.14 oz/ 39 gr
.57 oz/ 19.5 gr
.28 oz/ 9.5 gr
1.14 oz/ 39 gr
.57 oz/ 19.5 gr
.28 oz/ 9.5 gr
required for this formula to work well
Due to the pricing and quantities required to
purchase individually of each of these individual chemicals and the
lack of ready supplies in all areas I have packaged it in 8 ounce
quantities for sale for my students.
When mixing it is important that you use clean
distilled water in a clean glass vessel, (Coffee Pot
works Well), bring water to a boil then add the mix. stir for one
minute and the bring back to a boil. Let cool and strain
through a Coffee filter. You can use immediately, but depending on
the purity of your distilled water you may need to strain
through a filter periodically. Also be sure to rinse your sprayer
at the end of your project to prevent the nozzle plugging up when
the fluid dries up.
Prips Flux is most often used in a spray bottle with
a fine mist sprayer. The metal is heated to above the boiling point
of water and then sprayed with the solution. Successive layers are
sprayed on until a thick layer of flux is built up.
The operating principle of Flux is to
block the creation of fire scale by depriving it of oxygen. The
layer of flux accomplishes this allowing the solder to flow where it
One of the primary uses of our hard soldering board is to protect your table
or work bench surface from catching fire when we are soldering and move
the torch away for the work piece. Most of the time a feathering motion
with the torch is required to get the heat focused where it needs to be.
This means the torch moves away for the work piece and on to whatever us
behind or underneath it.
Another common use is as a Kiln Board. It can be used as the
substrate that is used in a Kiln to support your work pieces while in a
kiln. The maximum temperature for use is 1750 Fahrenheit. Many artists
also use them to fire Precious Metal Clay and Art Clay Silver
Our Soldering Boards come in several sizes all are 1/2 inch thick we
have 4x4, 6x6, 8x8, 6x12 and 12x12 inch.
These SolderN'Boards are also machineable and you can drive locating
pins into them should you choose solder directly on them. I
frequently use the boards to solder on directly for Medium and Easy
Silver Solder. I do prefer to use a charcoal block with most of my
applications with the SolderN'Board directly under the block.
Beginning Silversmithing Tool Kit (New & Refurbished):
In addition to the tools and materials
most people already have at home
. This Beginning Silversmithing Tool Kit is the same kit with the tools
I use in my beginning classes.
You will need to have the following items on hand before starting a project.
Most of the items you will probably have in your home. The others should be
available at any big box store like Wal-Mart.
Safety Glasses, Goggles or face shield. My preferred is a face shield ANSI 1
Distilled Water - for flux (heated to boiling before mixing). You can make a
Small glass jar that can be used to heat water and easy to pour out of for flux
Sharpie Ultra Fine Marker, retractable preferred
Chain Nose pliers, pliers that are smooth with no teeth - (available at Bead
Needle Nose Pliers
Butane, filtered or refined (available at hardware store and cigarette stores)
Cigarette Lighter or Striker
2 - 16 ounce wide mouth mason Jars or equivalent for pickle & water
Silver scrap container & Solder scrap container
Scissors - Old pair preferred you will be cutting cardboard.
12 inch mill file and or wide emery boards
Paper towels (10 sheets torn into 4 square pieces)
Dremel or rotary tool set with a mandrel that has an end that looks like a
Carbon Steel Brush for the Dremel
Cardboard like cereal box should be compressible or sawdust
White Cardboard, like business card for use behind transparent stones.
48 inches of packing tape or duct tape to hold table cover on and together
Small trash can - Metal preferred
Baking Soda - to neutralize pickle during disposal or in case of a spill
Small Fire Extinguisher
Metal Trash Can
I believe this is the minimum an artist
or craftsman should start with to create sellable professional created
Jewelry. It has 35 items all of which are used on most projects. It
included everything to get started making Pendants and single n=band
rings except the Butane and the Solder and the Silver. It is also the
Kite used in our Beginning Silversmithing Video Series. The quality
is a middle range, not the cheapest and not the most expensive tools you
can purchase, but it is a good quality that should last you for a
reasonable amount of projects before you wear them out.
I offer a refurbished kit which is the same set as the new but has
about 16 tools that have been lightly used. I have these sets left over
at the end of a teaching season. I then clean tools and repair or
replace any which I feel have any wear. This also means that 19 of the
tools a still brand new and never used. I do run out of this kit from
time to time. if i am out I will contact you ASAP and refund your money
Immediately. (maintaining the website is pretty rough when I am on the
Shipping is also included to all US States via USPS Flat Rate.
Rings & Bracelets Tool Kit:
This Rings and Bracelet tool Kit was put together to expressly to
assist in making Dual Band & Wide Band Rings and Interchangeable
Bracelets. It has has a T-handle hole punch for making small holes
without using a drill for earrings and other small projects. The tools
in this Kit are the same as I use in my Intermediate class. We have also
already figured in a 10% discount.
Shipping is also included to all US States via USPS Flat Rate.
Economy Rolling Mill with 7 rolls:
This light duty Mill
roller size is 76mm (3”) wide, by 43mm diameter.
2 flat rollers (installed on mill)
1 upper wire shape* roll-18 grooves from 1mm to 5mm with a short 9mm
1 lower wire shape* roll-18 grooves from 1mm to 5mm & 2 half round
1 upper roll with 9 “V” grooves from 1.2mm to 3.4mm and 7 half-round
grooves from 1.4mm to 4mm
2 upper pattern rollers #1
*The wire shape is for reducing the diameter of wire, the wire may
appear to be square shaped, but is actually 6 sided, the other shapes
are for reducing the wire and may not be round or half round.