Sweat Soldered Cuff Bracelet
Cuff bracelets rock! And we’ll be making a tonne of them together in this class as we cover forming bracelets with various tools as well as really pushing those soldering skills with sweat soldered design options too.
Kick Ass Handouts
Nobody wants to work with their laptop on their desk! That’s why we created downloadable handouts full of detailed instructions and step by step photographs to help you on your creative journey. Our Flush Set Pendant class has 51 pages of easy to understand handouts, supporting materials and tools list.
Crystal clear, direct to the point, and with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Our aim is that you learn as quickly and as effectively as possible whilst making you feel like you’re right here with us in the studio. Our Bezel Set Pendant class has over 1 hour 45 minutes of easy to follow, succinct videos to help you get creating confidently in no time at all.
We understand that concepts don’t just need explaining in terms of how, but also why…it’s only by truly understanding the why that you’ll be able to develop the thought processes necessary to work effectively alone. We’re super happy to have you as a student, but what would make us happiest? You, being able to create, all by yourself.
Conquer your soldering fears!
Conquer your soldering fears and push your forming skills to the next level as we take you step by step through making a stunning saw pierced and soldered cuff bracelet and a pebble inspired cuff bracelet. Plus we’ll also keep you extra busy as we show you 4 more simple bracelet designs too – just to introduce you to all the tool options! We have included a total of 10 designs in the course resources section, which you can use as you wish – just in case you want a little more practice! This project will require confidence in soldering and piercing work so if you’re totally new to metalsmithing, we recommend taking our Saw Pierced Pendant, Chunky Chain, Delicate Flower Ring and Spinner Ring classes before attempting this one.
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Practice makes perfect, and that’s why we went to town in our videos creating variations of cuff bracelets using different techniques and tools – the only limit here is your imagination. Just to make sure we keep you busy, and you have options available for smaller torches such as the smith little torch, we included 10 templates incorporating different size variations for you to experiment with. But there’s absolutely no need to stick to our templates here! You can go crazy designing your own, or mix up techniques from other classes, such as creating a cuff bracelet with flush set stones. Or if you prefer, you can keep things simple and make a series of funky roller printed cuffs which are super fast to make and sell!
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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum
- A big torch such as a Smith Silversmith, a Sievert or a Smith Little Torch with a rosebud head – there is no chance of doing this with a small butane torch
- Soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderite pad from Rio Grande), tweezers or solder pick, flux and pickle
- Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
- Chasing hammer
- Steel block
- We use Durston’s Bangle Forming Die Set to form the bangles, but this is not absolutely necessary. We will go into other options in the course.
- Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
- Half round needle file – #2 cut is ideal
- Flat hand file – #0 or #2 cut
- Rawhide mallet or dead blow mallet – we’ll discuss many other options within the course
- Flex shaft
- 1mm drill bit
- Double sided tape or rubber cement (basically kiddie glue – not a glue stick)
- 20 or 22-gauge sheet in sterling silver, copper, bronze or brass
- Hard and medium silver solder
- 22-gauge titanium sheet
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.
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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.