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Well, as some of you may know, my silversmithing studio is set up and on the go!
It took me a few weeks after my course to finally get all the bits and pieces I needed – but here it is, finally!
Okay, it looks a mess – and is also surrounded by the garden stuff! Here are some close-ups…
Here is my soldering torch – with the small nozzle attached at the end.
Here is the soldering station – with ceramic heat block, my soldering tweezers, flux and brush…
And here is the pickle – the metal goes in here after being soldered to remove the flux and any fire-scale – I have the jar in the pot so I can pour hot water around it to heat the pickle – it makes it work better!
I sourced my tools and materials from Peppertown Gemworld, House of Jewellery, A & E Metals (get most of my metal from them – awesome service and usually next-day-delivery!), and Bunnings.
One lesson I learned straight away – don’t rely on a little hand-held torch to solder. I tried one, and while cute, it just didn’t have the heat.
I got my soldering torch head (a small and a medium, too), handle, and tube from Bunnings. I am using our little BBQ and camping gas tank at the moment, as I don’t yet have an adapter for our big gas tank.
I went mad making things this weekend past – here’s just a selection…
Single Stacker Ring
Set of Stacker Rings
I’m hoping to do a how-to post soon to show you the process of making a ring, so you can find out all the steps involved.
I also made this – but not totally happy with how the soldering went – my most complex thing so far, as it involved multiple soldering steps – a three-metal circle pendant…
So, there’s the smithing journey so far!!
If you’ve got any questions, feel free to send them my way in the comments!