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"If you already have experience in basic metalwork and cold connections (riveting, hammering, texturing metal, etc.), then this is the perfect book to get you started in soldering...Page after page of detailed and easy-to-understand information, photos, and tips--and tons of gorgeous photos of author Jennifer Chin's masterful jewelry pieces--will have you online and ordering your soldering iron and supplies in a matter of hours. Turn up the heat!" --Bead Design Studio Magazine

About the Author

Jennifer Chin is an artist, teacher, and metalsmith, as well as the owner of Lush Metals, a jewelry studio located in Boston. Her work can be seen at some of the most prestigious fine craft shows, museums, galleries, and boutiques in the U.S. and on her website, LushMetals.com. This is her first book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823033368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823033362
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not a book on soldering techniques.
There are two sections on soldering. One is your beginner basics and other somewhat more advanced techniques, but it is in no way a complete sourcebook on the subject.
Beautiful jewelry making book, but I didn't want another book on jewelry making. I was looking for a comprehensive guide on soldering and this is not it. Period
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I love the pristine cover from the start. It speaks of modern jewelry with a timeless appeal, and fills in a space in the soldering book market that has been lacking (in my opinion). It runs 160 pages, and they're all chock-full of instruction, projects, and valuable tips and hints.

The book is broken down into six sections, and each section (other than the Basics chapter) has three projects which build upon the skills learned in that section:

1. Soldering Basics

2. Essential Fabrication & Soldering Techniques

(sawing, drilling, riveting, soldering, shaping)

3. Forming Metal: Other Fabrication Techniques

(scoring, bending, forging, dapping)

4. Textures, Patinas, & Finishing

(chasing, reticulation, rolling mills, patinas, polishing)

5. Adding Stones & Beads

(gemstones vs other materials, setting stones)

The projects are nothing like I've seen in other books. They're modern, sleek, and almost architecturally influenced. Yet you could take these designs and easily move them to the whimsical and playful arena, as is evidenced in the extensive (and gorgeous!) gallery photos.

Is this a book for the beginner? I believe so. Don't let the amazing cover fool you or scare you. Is this a book for the more advanced artist? Certainly. That's the beauty of this book. There is truly something for everyone, and many, many jumping-off points for your own creativity.
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I just got this book today.

After reading a few pages in each section, it seems as though the author actually put some thought into how the readers will understand this book!

I found 'Hot Connections Jewelry' to be an easy-to-understand read. Jennifer is very in-depth on the methods that she describes, yet she's not wordy in the least.

I love that this book is clean and uncluttered. It's a collection of necessary simplicities covering simple garage guerrilla methods to top shop jewelers' methods.

I'd recommend this to anyone interested in gaining the knowledge to creating beautiful metal jewelry.
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I received a review copy of Hot Connections Jewelry, The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques by Jennifer Chin.

Chin writes that she "conceived of Hot Connections Jewelry as an easy-to-follow resource for people who have experience making jewelry with beading, wirework, or cold-connection techniques and want to expand their skills to include soldering in their creative repertoires". I think she has achieved her goal and created a great guide to soldering with much more than soldering in it.

The book is profusely illustrated with color photos as well as very detailed sketches.

There are six sections. Each section contains an overview of the subject, lessons, and projects. There are also gallery photos in each section. Each gallery photo includes a short description of how the item was made. I found these descriptions very useful. The jewelry throughout the book is modern in style with clean lines, and graphic shapes.

Section One covers the nitty gritty details on how soldering works, choosing and using torches, metal, and workspace. I really like the annealing color chart that was included in the section on using torches, as well as the review of safety procedures. Lesson One is on annealing sheet metal.

Section Two details basic fabrications techniques such as sawing, shaping, and riveting, among other techniques. There are step-by-step lessons on each technique.

This section also contains the basic soldering overview including solder and flux, soldering tools, soldering methods, and pickle. The solder and flux section has useful charts on solder melting points & uses, and silver solder melting and flow temperatures.
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When I bought this book, I expected it to be the be-all and end-all of soldering. It's not. This is not the "complete sourcebook of soldering techniques." In fact, it is not a book solely dedicated to "Hot Connections" at all. Much of the book's content is on jewelry making topics and techniques other than soldering.

So, if you are looking for a complete sourcebook on soldering, you will need to continue looking.

In a book dedicated to soldering, I expect the projects to feature soldering. Surprisingly, there are four projects that require no soldering at all. Out of the fifteen projects, only eight are soldering projects. As an example, why include a project on a forged chain requiring a minimum of soldering when you could have chosen a chain project where all the links are soldered?

There are several soldering essentials that receive scant attention. For me, the most glaring omission is on positioning the work piece. Positioning and supporting the work piece to be soldered can be crucial to the success of the solder joint. Most of the soldering demonstrated in the book is done on a flat surface, so the set-up is relatively straightforward.

What about pieces to be soldered that are not flat or that have to be supported in some way? This topic is only mentioned in passing. The soldering of the three tiered swan earrings pictured on the cover is not straightforward at all. I can't imagine soldering those earrings on a flat surface with just my torch and a soldering pick.

Then again, that's why I bought the book, so I could learn how to solder designs like that.

Jennifer Chin creates beautiful jewelry. She makes detailed, intricate pieces requiring soldering skill and precision. Her book looks like an exhibit catalogue, with picture after picture of exquisite jewelry. Sadly, it is not the "go-to" resource on soldering techniques.
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