Video Tutorial – DIY Gorgeous Soldered Pendants + GIVEAWAY

by Johnnie Collier

UPDATE:  WE HAVE A WINNER!  Do you love the look of soldered jewelry, but feel totally intimidated by that hot freaking iron and molten metal?  My creative friend Hope is here to break it down for us in a detailed How to Solder Jewelry video that demystifies the process and will have you making jaw dropping pieces lickity split!  As if that isn’t enough, Hope has teamed up with Saved By Love Creations to give you lovely readers a chance to win your choice of 3 gorgeous pendants!

Soldering Tips for Jewelry

Hope invited me in to record her process!  Before jumping into the video, I want to let you know the supplies you see will being used are from GlassSupplies on Etsy, a shop owned by Robin Ramsden.

Foil Tape For Soldering

This tape used in the video is 3/8 inch wide copper backed foil tape, which you can get at the linked store and probably elsewhere.  Hope recommends black backed foil tape for most simple projects since it holds the pieces together better and is just strong/less frustrating for us newbies!  She was out of it or we would have been using it for sure.  It is available in the linked shop above (GlassSupplies on Etsy).

Obviously if you are using thicker glass pieces than we did, you may need wider tape.  You will have to experiment.

More info on supplies is found below and in the video tutorial.

I did a soldered pendant experiment and shared it with you here:

I took my pendants to Hope’s with me and she helped me figure out how to make them more what I was going for.  I learned so much from hanging out with her that I haven’t seen elsewhere.  It turns out I wasn’t using near enough solder, and oh yeah, my soldering iron tip is disintegrating.   There is a solution for that, and many soldering woes.  This woman solders A LOT and is a wonderful resource!  She is also super sweet, so if something isn’t covered that you want to know about, you can find her on Facebook:  Hope Ellington.  She even takes custom orders, although she is pretty swamped with them right now from what I have seen so hurry if you are interested.

There were so many tips and tricks that I had to break the video up into 2 parts, and they are still long.  You will learn a ton, and if you are like me, your soldering will be vastly improved.  I made a pendant this morning and love it!  Don’t worry, you will see it soon.

SUPPLIES (the video goes over specific brands Hope loves):

Supplies for Soldering Jewelry

Jewelry Soldering Techniques



Now for the best part.  You get a chance to win a free handmade soldered pendant from Hope’s Bloomington Indiana Shop, Girlfriends on the Farm!

Pendant 1 – A fancy pants, blinged out vintage ephemeral piece

how to make a vintage soldered pendant

Pendant 2 – A message in a bottle “LOVE”

Jewelry Soldering Techniques

Pendant 3 – Vintage Lace under beveled glass

Soldered Doily Pendant

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim @ EverythingEtsy August 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm

An awesome Etsy shop and such helpful information…great post!



2 Kadie August 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I like #2 Love in a Bottle. Thanks for the great giveaway and AWESOME videos.:)


3 Mimi August 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

A fancy pants, blinged out vintage ephemeral piece — it was a difficult choice because I love them all


4 SavedByLoveCreations August 16, 2013 at 7:30 am

I love that one too. Ok I love them all. Good luck Mimi!


5 Karen - The Graphics Fairy August 15, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I love them all but the first one is my absolute favorite!! Such gorgeous work!


6 Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline August 15, 2013 at 9:56 pm

They are all so pretty but Pendant 1 is my fave!


7 Elaine Barlow August 15, 2013 at 10:11 pm

I love the message in a bottle! So cute!!


8 nancy d August 16, 2013 at 2:08 am

Hard choice, they are all so beautiful! But I do love #3, the lace. Gorgeous!


9 SavedByLoveCreations August 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

Thanks for entering, Nancy! I love them all too, and they are so different. Great choice on the lace.


10 Amee August 16, 2013 at 8:51 am

I love them all. I think I would pick bling or lace. I don’t know! Beautiful work!


11 Connie H. August 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

They’re all beautiful. I think I’d choose the vintage lace pendant. Thanks for posting the tutorials. I just may have to look into a new hobby.


12 Christia C August 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

Oh I love them all. I think if I had to choose the vintage one.


13 Laura / The Shed by Pet Scribbles August 16, 2013 at 10:05 am

What a great day you had! Hope is so creative! Hard to choose, any would be awesome to own, but if I was forced to make a choice I’d choose the third one, the lace one! And the videos? What a great resource!


14 Tracy August 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

I tried soldering a couple of years ago and got totally bummed out because mine was so inconsistent and “lumpy”….looks like I’ll be ordering the correct supplies, THANK YOU, and trying it again! I’m super excited!! Ü Thank you so much!


15 MC Chau August 16, 2013 at 11:39 am

Love the Message in a Bottle necklace – so cute!


16 Natasha Marr August 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm

Wow these are gorgeous, absolutely love the wee bottle. Im definitely gonna try doing this myself. Thanks for the inspiration and also for the chance to win. Hugs xNx


17 Marlene August 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

So hard to choose, okay in this order #1. #3. #2. All are beautiful


18 Danneel Mitchell August 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Great give-a-way! Love the pendants.


19 Angela Mullis August 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

What a great post! Thank you very much for the videos. I have always been a bit intimidated by soldering, but your videos were so full of helpful tips, I’m ready to jump in! I love all of these gorgeous pendants, but I think the Bottle one is totally adorable! I’m a fellow Hoosier, and live less than an hour from her shop. I can’t wait to check it out! Pretty please count me in for this awesome giveaway!

Angi Mullis


20 SavedByLoveCreations August 16, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Great, Angie! You will love her stuff. The shop is full of amazing handmade treasures.


21 Denice Metz August 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I would love to win PICK ME
thanks for the chance


22 beth j August 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm

The vintage lace is my fave.


23 Rebekah C August 17, 2013 at 1:26 am

I love #1, very pretty!


24 Judi August 17, 2013 at 1:52 am

I’d love any of them, but my first choice would be #1! I can’t wait to try making one myself!!!


25 Stefanie W August 17, 2013 at 11:25 am

Gosh, it’s so hard to choose! I think I like the vintage lace the best. :)


26 Meganne August 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

I would love the first pendant


27 Susan D. August 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I would LOVE to win Pendant # 1. I think it is so beautiful.


28 SavedByLoveCreations August 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Good luck Susan!


29 katrina August 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

They area all so cute but if I won…I would choose Fancy Pants :)


30 Jennifer August 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Thank you for posting this tutorial. I tried soldering years ago and couldn’t get the hang of it. I know hope to be on my way of creating all those ideas that I didn’t think I could do. Thank you!!


31 SavedByLoveCreations August 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

So glad you are going to give it another go, Jennifer! You can do it. xo


32 Carla August 20, 2013 at 12:45 am

Hey there….I am really excite i found this site….I am having a hard time soldering and I really like when the solder is thick and fat with no wrinkles in it…I’m having a hard time achieving this. Maybe another tutorial on your soldering technique would be a winner for all of us…
great job on the video too! I see you had help and that was great! Too many people try to video themselves and it doesn’t work out to well.
Thanks again,


33 kempton August 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Thanks for offering such a through and easy to follow tutorial. It is just what I have been looking for!


34 kempton August 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I don’t care which pendant, they are all beautiful!


35 Jane Rhoades August 22, 2013 at 12:30 am

I love them all, but my favorite has to be the blinged out ephemeral piece. You do beautiful work!


36 Laurel M. August 22, 2013 at 9:37 am

The bottle or the lace one are my favorites


37 lesley August 22, 2013 at 10:28 am

definitely pendant 2!


38 Mercadez August 23, 2013 at 9:51 am

I’m so happy I won, I sent you an email with all of my info in it. Thank you again. :)
I also make and sell jewelry, my site is
I started making items because I got hurt and lost my job and needed to stay afloat and positive for my children. Thank you again, and id love to know what you think about my web site.


39 karrie April 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm

i love this tutorial! I was curious as to how you do the soldering with the rhinestones on the side?


40 Johnnie Collier April 23, 2014 at 4:59 am

Thanks Karrie. The rhinestones are adhered using E6000!


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