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!
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.
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):
VIDEO TUTORIAL Parts 1 & 2:
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
Pendant 2 – A message in a bottle “LOVE”
Pendant 3 – Vintage Lace under beveled glass