Soldering simple???

Maybe for some.

I’ve made a few attempts to learn to solder.

Last year was a one day class on soldering electronics. At that time I didn’t know it was a different thing to soldering metal. It was disappointing in other ways, the organiser agreed and refunded the cost, so all will remain unblogged and unidentified.

In January this year was a week with Christian Hall (7-Jan-2018). I was out of my depth, nervous of the torch, and the one soldered join I brought back was basically the tutor demonstrating and me watching.

In February I tried a metal smithing class with Jane Tadrist (18-Feb-2018). That time my little tealight was soldered, but I now admit sadly that Jane did the first seam as a demonstration to the class, and the second so at least the thing would be done before we ran out of time.

The time spent with Christian and Jane was certainly not wasted nor without learning. It was just without me, hands-on, soldering.

So over the weeks of March I bought a soldering kit, a heap of associated paraphernalia including air extractor and fire extinguisher, and rearranged the garage to create a safe soldering station. Finally in April, I’ve spent time with me, hands-on, soldering.

There has been sawing and filing. There has been butt, T and even a little sweat soldering. There has been melting and balling of silver. There have been many hours finding and watching videos, and more hours reading library books – the excellently named Simple Soldering by Kate Ferrant Richbourg and Soldering Made Simple by Joe Silvera. There has been some wastage, and some metal repeatedly and brutally cut, soldered, recut, resoldered… There have been many failures and somewhat fewer not-exactly-successes.

Towards the end of the month there has been a hint of what I was originally aiming towards. The attempted sweat soldering didn’t work. Everything slipped around. Much of the solder became a “decorative element” rather than providing any structure.

But I like the way it cleaned up.

Germination II


It’s reminiscent of Germination II, at a much smaller scale. Importantly, it’s something I’m comfortable exploring in a domestic environment. Plus it’s a good reminder that the soldering is a means to an end. “Good enough” is enough.

3 Responses to “Soldering simple???”


  1. 1 Claire B April 30, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    It looks very difficult, very precise, and very easy to get wrong. I think I should come over and give moral support one day soon. I can’t offer advice because I’ve not done it but we can at least discuss the possibilities of what’s going on. It’s always better when there is someone else to bounce thoughts off, and perhaps another pair of hands wouldn’t go amiss.

    • 2 fibresofbeing April 30, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      Best Comment Ever. Brilliant idea. It’s a silly, persnickety, impossible thing to do and I am filled with admiration and awe at the people who make the earrings I love to wear. But a fun day of chatter and support sounds wonderful.


  1. 1 Jane Tadrist: Silver Jewellery Etching | Fibres of Being Trackback on May 20, 2018 at 9:48 pm

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