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Have you ever had your solder just ball up and refuse to flow or not even ball up at all? Possibly your metal turned bright red, but that li
April 23, 2019

Top 5 Reasons Silver Solder Doesn't Flow

by Erica Stice

Solder not flowing? Find out the reasons why. Jewelry soldering can be frustrating at times, but with the right knowledge, you can quickly troubleshoot the problems.

Soldering gold-filled can be problematic. It requires knowledge and training. Read this article for how to solder gold-filled jewelry.
March 26, 2019

Soldering Gold-Filled: Tips for Success & Troubleshooting

by Erica Stice

We receive more questions about gold-filled items than any other products here at Halstead. We have addressed many material issues in past articles. But, this piece will focus on how to solder gold-filled jewelry items and the issues that may arise. Soldering gold-filled is tricky and requires knowledge about the material before you attempt it. Briefly, we will also discuss other hot topics dealing with gold-filled items such as sanding, filing, and cleaning.

Learn the tips and tricks to soldering copper and brass! Understand the material, soldering challenges and a few technical problems that may occur.
March 12, 2019

Soldering Copper & Brass Metals in the Jewelry Studio

by Erica Stice

Copper and brass are fun materials to work with in the jewelry studio. They are beautiful in their own right and they are perfect for learning new techniques. But, soldering these metals raises unique issues in design and technical execution. Learn more from our studio coordinator, Erica Stice.

Learn to pick solder! This is one of the 3 standard techniques that every jeweler should know. This method protects fragile pieces when soldering.
February 19, 2019

How to Pick Solder in the Jewelry Studio

by Erica Stice

If you have a small piece or want a precise join without a lot of solder flowing, learn to pick solder. Pick soldering minimizes solder messes and heat on your jewelry piece to prevent melting disasters. Add this skill to your bench resume today.

Learn how to sweat solder! Raise the value of your sterling silver pieces by soldering on 14kt gold to really make your jewelry designs stand out.
February 05, 2019

How to Sweat Solder 14kt Gold to Sterling Silver

by Erica Stice

Use 14kt gold solder ornaments on sterling silver jewelry blanks to create unique mixed metal jewelry pieces. Erica Stice is breaking down the sweat soldering process so you can add this great technique to your jewelry making skills.

Learn about solder here. We cover the types of solder, soldering techniques, metal alloys in silver solder and more. This is a great reference guide!
January 08, 2019

Types of Silver Solder Used in Jewelry

by Erica Stice

Many jewelers remember falling in love with metalsmithing at their first torch soldering experience. That mercurial silver flash when solder starts to flow is magical. But, what is actually happening at that moment? What is the science behind soldering?

Need a new jewelry soldering station? Read Erica's article to learn how to choose the right soldering fuel and torch tips for your home studio.
December 20, 2016

Solders, Torches & Fuels Used in a Jewelry Studio

by Erica Stice

Picking a fuel type for your jewelry studio can be an arduous research session. We've narrowed it down with the pros and cons for each type, with additional information on torch tips included - updated February 2019.

This article includes three awesome torch tips to help you with your soldering skills. There's also a section on maintaining your torch tip, as well.
November 07, 2016

3 Torch Tips for Soldering Jewelry

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Understanding how your torch tip works helps you understand jewelry soldering. Learn how to adjust your soldering torch tip to make your project easier.

Butane jewelry torches are a great way to start soldering or enameling in your jewelry making. Here are some troubleshooting tips to avoide problems.
March 24, 2015

Butane Jewelry Torch Troubleshooting

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Read our latest blog to learn safe handling tips and troubleshooting when using a portable butane jewelry torch. Check out the video too.

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