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Lazy Sue SolderN'Board

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Butane Soldering Torch with Gauge

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Cool Pickle #2
 
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Prips Flux - Powder

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Tools Included in this Beginning Silversmithing Tool Set & Individual Retail Prices. 19 of the tools included in the Refurbished are NEW . Red Star*
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1 Lazy Sue SolderNBoardTM TM* 29.95
2 Charcoal Block* 16.95
3 Shears (straight) 16.95
4 Nylon Hammer 8.95
5 Bench Block 29.95
6 Dowel Set - 6 pieces* 6.50
7 Chasing Hammer 16.95
8 Butane Torch 54.95
9 Flux Mix* 9.50
10 Pickle Dry* 10.95
11 Ring Mandrel-Steel-Marked  29.95
12 Files Set - 10 pieces* 9.95
13 File Crosscut  6 inch 7.95
14 Copper Tongs 7.95
15 Memory Wire cutters 16.50
16 Spider Hold Down * 29.95
17 Cross lock Tweezers 6.95
18 Straight Wooden  Tweezers 6.95
19 Titanium Pick 7.95
20 Looping Pliers 16.95
21 Ring Clamp* 7.95
22 Bezel Tool  6.95
23 Steel Ruler 3.60
24 Blue Silicon Wheels* 8.95
25 Yellow Polishing Wheels* 11.95
26 Spray Bottles -2* 3.90
27 Rough Polish 1 lb* 6.90
28 Fine Zam Polish 1/4 Lb* 6.90
29 T-pins -100* 3.90
30 Spring Clips -12* 1.95
31 Face Masks - 4 * 2.00
32 Table Cover - 8 piece* 7.50
33 Bailing Wire 18 inches* .50
35 Marking Punch (925)* 14.95
36 Total 443.45
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Economy Rolling Mill  with 7 Rolls (Free Shipping to Lower 48 states)
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Rings & Bracelet Tool Kit

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Rings & Bracelets Tool Kit

Lead Block 9.95 Bracelet Mandrel 49.95
Jewelers Saw w/Blade Asst 29.95 .999 Stamp 14.95
Finger Gauge Narrow 3.75 Curved Shears 12.95
Finger Gauge Wide 19.95 9 Face Texturing Hammer 39.50
Soft Jawed Vise  29.95 Watch Case Knife 7.95
Hole Punch 10.95 Ring Pliers 21.95
    Third Hand 9.95

Total 261.70

Whole Box Discount 10 %  - 26.17

Whole Box Discounted Total 235.53

Spider Hold Down Tool and More     Free Shipping on all orders over $100.00     Beginning & Intermediate Video Series

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:

Our 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 Lazy Sue 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 plumbing torch.

The 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 *
Distilled Water 16 oz /454 gr 8 oz/227 gr 4 oz/114 gr
Total Weight 4.0 oz / 114 gr 2 oz/ 57gr 1 oz / 28gr
Boric acid 1.7 oz/ 48 gr .85 oz/ 24 gr .43 oz/14 gr
TSP 1.14 oz/ 39 gr .57 oz/ 19.5 gr .28 oz/ 9.5 gr
Boraxo 1.14 oz/ 39 gr .57 oz/ 19.5 gr .28 oz/ 9.5 gr
*Precision not 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 needs to.

SolderN'Boards Hard:

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.

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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 large batch.

Small glass jar that can be used to heat water and easy to pour out of for flux mixing

Small funnel.

Sharpie Ultra Fine Marker, retractable preferred

Chain Nose pliers, pliers that are smooth with no teeth - (available at Bead Stores)

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 screw.

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 road teaching)

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 flat surface
1 lower wire shape* roll-18 grooves from 1mm to 5mm & 2 half round grooves
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. 

Shipping is included to the Lower 48 States

Our Beginning and Intermediate Rings and Bracelets Videos are available at Silversmithingclass.com/videos.htm

 

Tools Included in Set & Individual Retail Prices New
19 of the tools included in the Refurbished are NEW also. Red Star*
Video of Tool Kit

1   Lazy Sue SolderNBoardTM TM* 29.95
2   Charcoal Block* 16.95
3   Shears (straight) 16.95
4   Nylon Hammer 16.95
5   Bench Block 29.95
6   Dowel Set - 6 pieces* 6.50
7   Chasing Hammer 1695
8   Butane Torch 54.95
9   Flux Mix* 9.50
10   Pickle Dry* 10.95
11   Ring Mandrel-Steel-Marked  29.95
12   Files Set - 10 pieces* 9.95
13   File Crosscut  6 inch 7.95
14   Copper Tongs 7.95
15   Memory Wire cutters 16.50
16   Spider Hold Down TM* 29.95
17   Cross lock Tweezers 6.95
18   Straight Wooden  Tweezers 6.95
19   Titanium Pick 7.95
20   Looping Pliers 16.95
21   Ring Clamp* 7.95
22   Bezel Tool  6.95
23   Steel Ruler 3.50
24   Blue Silicon Wheels* 8.95
25   Yellow Polishing Wheels* 11.95
26   Spray Bottles -2* 3.90
27   Rough Polish 1 lb* 6.90
28   Fine Zam Polish 1/4 Lb* 5.90
29   T-pins -100* 3.90
30   Spring Clips -12* 1.95
31   Face Masks - 4 each* 2.00
32   Table Cover - 8 piece* 7.50
33   Bailing Wire 18 inches* 0.50
35   Marking Punch (925)* 14.95
40   Sub Total 443.45
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42   Shipping  & Handling Savings FREE   
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44   Total 443.45

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