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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087116406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871164063
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Silvera is the author of Soldering Made Simple: Easy Techniques for Kitchen Table Jewelers. He graduated with a BFA in Metalsmithing with honors, and then later apprenticed as a goldsmith in southern California. After his apprenticeship, he worked as a model-maker for jewelers in Los Angeles, and sold his own jewelry at fine art galleries and numerous shows across the country. His favorite technique is lost wax casting, with which he likes to carve detailed sculptures of animals, rings, and more. Joe is a popular metals teacher in the San Francisco bay area, with more than 24 years of metalsmithing experience. His classes provide a great foundation in the fundamental skills of jewelry, mixed with laughter, encouragement, and lots of creativity. Visit his website at SilveraJewelrySchool.com for updates and more information about workshops.

Customer Reviews

This is very easy to understand and follow instructions.
Cheri Reed
All in all, I would highly recommend this book to any beginner who's been struggling with soldering.
Terrie
This book clarifies the pluses and minuses of micro torches as well as soldering.
FusedNTwisted

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254 of 256 people found the following review helpful By Cloud on December 18, 2010
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The subtitle of this book is "Easy techniques for the kitchen-table jeweler" and it is aptly named! This book could easily serve as a self-contained course for new metalsmiths learning jewelry techniques. It contains all the details, with excellent photographs, that can assist a newcomer to learn soldering techniques with real confidence. The fact that the author doesn't insist on an expensive torch set-up but uses butane torches is a real plus for the kitchen-table jeweler. I have paid for courses that contain less information than I gained from the first 25 pages of this book! In addition to soldering techniques, the author includes chapters on sawing, filing, drilling, dapping, polishing and the use of patinas. All of these techniques are also taught in enough detail to answer all the questions I ever had. Finally, there are projects that introduce cumulative soldering techniques that result in hollow metal beads, a box clasp, a bezel-set stone and mixed metal jewelry. These are not trivial projects! I look forward to making all of these pieces and increasing my skills.This is a fantastic book!
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By KBG on December 13, 2010
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This book is great for someone new to soldering. It is filled with clear explanations which are supported by full-color illustrations or photographs. The first half of the book is excellent and focuses on tools, materials, and techniques which are all explained in detail. The second half of the book contains instructions for 12 projects to try, each successively more skill-building. Again, the process explanations are clear and well photographed. In addition to thorough technical instructions, the author additionally benefits the reader by sharing many nuances of the craft. His explanations plant detailed tid-bits of knowledge that would normally be gained through first hand experience. A well done book and highly recommended for anyone looking to learn about soldering.
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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By FusedNTwisted on January 9, 2011
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As a "kitchen table jeweler" for three years, I have learned a great deal from Joe Silvera's written instructions from classes and from this book. New jewelers have a hard time finding good, clear instruction on soldering and many jewelry instructors are inexperienced with micro torches. This book clarifies the pluses and minuses of micro torches as well as soldering. Additionally this book contains excellent instruction for successful soldering projects. You will surely find something here that is useful to you unless you are already a master metalsmith. Two of the jewelry magazines have recently examined micro torches in depth, but this book puts the torch with the solder project. Very helpful--and I'm not a beginner. The only downside is that now my supplier is out of micro torches.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gail Lannum on February 5, 2011
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This is a great book. It is very thorough. It covers the tools your need and how to work with them safely. Joe goes over torches - how to fill them and how to light them. There are some great pictures that show the difference between an oxidizing, neutral, and reducing flame and when to use them. He covers various soldering surfaces and what they can be used for. Joe covers the different solders and when to use them, flux, pickle, and how to deal with fire scale.

Joe also shows you how to set up your workstations to work safely. There are diagrams that show the various heating patterns you use to soldering different configurations of metal. These help increase your understanding of how heat flows and where to direct it to successfully solder.

Besides soldering, Joe covers annealing metal, hammer, filing, drilling, sawing, making jump rings, polishing and patinas. I really like the polishing sections because he shows you various attachments for the flex shaft and gives an explanation of how they can be used.

There are 12 projects ranging from simple earrings to charms, pendants, rings, bezel setting stones, making beads and creating a box clasp. I really like the ring projects but I'm into the idea of making rings right now. One is a great textured ring with borders and the other is a bezel set turquoise featured on the cover.

Also included in the book is a section on how to choose bezel wire, sizing a ring and a great chart which tells you how long to cut your ring blank based on ring size and metal gauge.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. smith on January 21, 2011
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I had a friend teach me to solder with a butane torch last year. But after our day together I was on my own. Alot of questions came up here and there, and so I ordered this book. It is wonderful. Not only does it teach the basics of soldering, but the pictures are good quality, the instructions are simple and to the point and it gives you tips on all aspects of beginning to metalsmith. I loved it, it answered the question I had and has a lot of great references. I just bought a flex shaft for my dremel and there is even two pages devoted to polishing and using them. He offerers lists of tools, what they do and how to use them. I just love this book, and I would reccomend it to anyone learning to solder.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Pat Wexelblat on January 21, 2011
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Although I have a studio, I'm still a "kitchen-table jeweler" at heart, and this book describes things so wonderfully well that my accidental successes have explanations, and I can go on, understanding more and more, making better and more purposefully successful pieces. I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Silvera's book to anyone and everyone who's even considering getting started or continuing with soldering.
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