Chunky Chain

So you’ve decided you want to get to grips with soldering?

You’ve come to the right place!  I want to show you step by step that soldering really doesn’t need to be as difficult as you think.  By learning the right techniques such as torch control from the start, whilst working on fun projects, you really can build confidence and get up and running in no time at all.

Here we’ll guide you step by step through the wonderful world of soldering as we create a chunky chain together. No soldering experience is required to take this course but it is advisable to have some experience with the basic tools, such as a jewellers saw. If you don’t have that experience already, check out our Saw Pierced Pendant online class before diving into this one.

In this class, you'll get to...

  • Understand basic metal forming techniques with simple and more complex tools
  •  Appreciate the need for, and grasp the importance of annealing
  • Understand how to prepare your own pickle
  •  Learn how to use silver solder with confidence
  • Understand the basics of soldering with a pick
  • Learn how to prepare solder for use
  • Get creative with chain making
  • Understand what really happens when soldering
Handmade chains
Learn how to solder for jewelry making
How to polish jewelry

Why we created this class: When it comes to soldering, there's no simpler way to get to grips with the skills necessary than to annihilate your sanity by making a chain. But I promise you it's not as hard as it looks with a few tips and tricks to help you along the way.

Chunky Chain Flush Set
Chunky Chain
Chunky Chain Hammer

Practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to try new things and think outside the class box. You can even incorporate skills learnt in other classes here such as adding an octopus setting to your S-clasp, or even make a custom chain for your saw pierced or prong set pendant.

As a Metalsmith Academy member, not only do you get access to this class and all our online jewellery making classes, you'll also have access to so much more including...

Express Bites

We are listening to what you’re struggling with and making videos and handouts to help you with exactly that – our stalking skills are on point!

Template Packs

If you’re feeling a little lost for inspiration, have no fear, we have templates galore for you to use however you like – zero credit required!

Tips and Tricks Library

Solutions to the problems causing you drama! Not only do we share our tips and tricks, but you can upload and share too!

Creative Kickstarters

Every two months we’ll be releasing a brand new challenge! But what’s a challenge without some ass kicking prizes? (Seriously, think GRS MicroBlock and you’re in the right ballpark).

Student Roadmap

A firm favourite with our current members, you’ll never have to worry about where to start or what’s next again. Everything is laid out in a logical step by step process.

Community Support

If you’re feeling down on the motivation front, don’t worry! Our supportive community forums, with members from all over the world, are here to help.

Supplier Discounts

Gesswein, Otto Frei, Durston Tools, Pepe USA and SC Studios…. just some of the suppliers giving our members exclusive discounts.

Direct Help

Every morning Lucy and Vennice are over in the forums helping solve your dramas, and have a good gossip over coffee.

Join monthly for only $47 per month, or save on two months’ membership fees by joining annually for $470 per year. You’re free to cancel your subscription at any time, and it’s entirely drama-free to do so!

We love to give you everything you need to get up and running in our classes, so we're always sure to provide tonnes of inspiration for you.

We want more than that though! You know what makes our hearts the happiest? When we see our students getting to grips with finding their own inspiration and developing their own unique styles. But I understand how hard it is to know where to start when it comes to getting inspired: creative block kicks in, and two hours later you’re just staring at a blank page.

I promise you though, it’s just about knowing HOW to look. Inspiration really is everywhere, and we want to show you just how easy it can be to find. So to help do just that, we put together this free e-Book just for you.

Jewelry design, how to find inspiration

What our Metalsmith Academy members are saying

5 stars all the way, looks a bit suspect right? Just to make sure, I’d suggest Google reviews too!

Join monthly for only $47 per month, or save on two months’ membership fees by joining annually for $470 per year. You’re free to cancel your subscription at any time, and it’s entirely drama-free to do so!

Jewellery making tools

A note on tools

The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools.  Please note that in our course materials we give you lots of options in terms of tools, so we strongly recommend watching the course videos before going out on any crazy shopping sprees.

Want to learn more about the tools you really need to get started metalsmithing?

Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a basic tool list above, and the course contains detailed tool handouts together with product codes for all tools used during the class.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide a specific answer to that questions.  It depends on the tools you decide to purchase and the quality.  We try to include as many options as possible in our classes so that student’s can make choices based on their budget, but we will be honest, tools are not cheap.

The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.

Absolutely you can!  It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.

If you do want that little extra support, don’t worry at all – that is one of the main reasons why we launched our membership.  Lucy, Vennice and the team will be active in the forums daily to help with any problems you might be having with the classes.

This class is a little more advanced, we recommend starting out with the saw pierced pendant class as a first step into metalsmithing.

Unfortunately not at this stage, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.

Free resources for jewellers and metalsmiths

Saw piercing free tips for jewellers

Top tips for successful saw piercing

Free jewelry making book

Find out which tools you really need

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