Practice Makes Perfect
- 5-6 hours
- To make perfect connections you need to practice. Spend the day sweating, picking, chipping, wiring and pasting joints until you get comfortable. We will focus on all of the hard joints and do a little problem solving to find a fresh approach to soldering pins, jump ring, bezels, putting together unlike pieces, etc. Students are encouraged to bring any pieces they would like resolved.
ToolsSome tools will be provided by the instructor. Please refer to your registration.
Bench BlockSteel or Anodized aluminum - Used as a hammering surface for metal stamping or working with metal.
Chasing HammerUsed for chasing/moving metal. In my classes chasing hammers are used to create hammer marks on metal and riveting. Instructor will provide for every class needed.
Basic hand tools – Any quality is appropriate for my classes. These do not need to be high end or expense.
Magnifier or Optivisor– For almost all classes this is listed as an “As Needed” tool. If you have sight challenges it is recommended that you are properly prepared. For advance stone setting classes this is required! If you decide to use reading glasses consider better than 2.5x.
Ott Light or Task LampThis is optional item that is listed for every class. It is up to you to determine whether or not you will need to have one depending on your vision.
Metal Ruler6" metal ruler is preferred unless otherwise noted. A larger one will also work, however, it may be a little cumbersome.
Side CuttersAlso known as wire cutters or snippers. For many of my classes I prefer Ultra Flush side cutters because it eases the workload. Ultra flush is the most flush you can buy as opposed to just flush cutters. If you don't own a pair of Ultra Flush cutters, you may want to invest in a good pair either Lindstrom or Swanstrom. There is usually not a different in price between ultra and just flush cutters so why not just buy the best? The image shows just a side cutter (top) and ultra flush (bottom).
Items in this Soldering Kit will be provided for use during the class. If you are interested in ordering a kit please click on the image. Kit includes: Butane torch, butane, 1 tube solder paste, fire tweezers, copper tweezers, Sparex, tripod with mesh, flux, soldering board. (Note: kit will be delivered at class. If you require the kit prior to class please contact us to make arrangements.
Student FilesStandard size is 2/o. For filing metal. . Instructor will provide to share for every class needed.