Add depth and detail to your work through the art of layering. Fundamental sawing and soldering skills are explored and elevated, allowing you to build up multiple layers of embellishment with clean, solid, stunning results every time.
For the sake of aspiring smiths, budgeting artists and passionate hobbyists everywhere, this course is designed to create maximum impact with minimal means. You don't need anything overly fancy or expensive- just basic bench tools, a simple soldering setup, and good old fashioned elbow grease.
Absolutely. However, I recommend using the Sterno brand torch head and disposable canister, as opposed to a small creme brulee torch. This provides ample heat, an adjustable flame, and the fuel lasts much longer than the aforementioned alternative. Additionally, a Smith Silver Smith torch or similar rig works beautifully.
Do I have to watch or complete this course within a certain timeframe?
Not at all. Once you've purchased the class, you'll have access to the course contents indefinitely.
I've never soldered before, or I have limited experience. Is this course still for me?
If you're totally new to soldering, I recommend starting off with the Down & Dirty: Essential Soldering Techniques course. This will provide you with a foundational understanding of soldering tools and techniques as well as help reduce the element of overwhelm.
Will you be there to help me along the way?
Yes. I'll be available by email and also active in the online course community. Ask questions, share your thoughts, and leave feedback. I'm only successful if you're successful, and I'll be there to help you however I can, as promptly as possible.
Do you provide templates for this course?
I couldn't draw you a pretty picture if my life depended on it, so no, I do not provide templates for this particular course. However, I do provide recommendations and resources for purchasing your own templates from other gifted artists out there selling exactly what you may be looking for. Alternatively, this project can be done using your own drawings or simply by freehanding with the saw- hey, no lines to follow!
What kind of support is offered?
Students in this course will be invited to join a private group for this course, located on Facebook. Within this group, they will be able to ask questions, share struggles and successes, get additional supplemental materials or videos, and interact both with the instructor and other students.
What if I forget my log in information?
No problem. Just shoot me a note and I can reset your password from my end, which you can then change at any time.
Due to the immediate access to written instructions, video demos, templates and other resources, I do not provide refunds for online courses under any circumstances. Please make your course selections carefully.
Online courses are a privilege to teach and take. Ethical behavior is non-negotiable. Sharing passwords, downloads and other materials with anyone who has not paid for this course will result in your immediate removal from the course, nor will you be permitted to register for a future course of mine. Please note that this website tracks login geography- if you log in to your account from North Carolina in the morning and log in from California an hour later, the system will notify me of potential user abuse.
I reserve the right to dismiss any student at any time from this course if the above ethical guidelines are in question or not met. Other reasons for dismissal from this course and/or future courses include rudeness/disrespect to fellow students, to me, and teaching this course as your own.
I'm Jessica- a silversmith, southerner, wife and mama from a small town in rural North Carolina. Teaching has become such an unexpected passion of mine over the years, born largely out of the appreciation for those who have helped me along my own path. I've been a career silversmith for twelve years and an instructor for seven. I believe in growth, in human connection, in love, God, and paying it forward. I believe in you. Docendo discimus. Thank you for that.