Soldered jewelry is something I have been itching to try for a while. But as with most things did not know where I was going to find the time but after running into a kit for just the very purpose I just knew I had to give it a try. The kit is from Simply Swank and has everything you need to get started. You can buy it on the net or locally ( Chattanooga) you can find the kit and other swank products at Hobby Town.
The kit comes with 3 projects you can do. Also bought the book and the video (Just call me the Queen of excess!) and uhhhh... ok a lot of other stuff, so much that they awarded me some high-buyer club discount coupons *blush* BUT. you can just get the main kit and have all you need.
Of course I did not do the projects that recommended since.. well I am just that way. What I did was get out some of my broken English china that I use for mosaic and feature some of the beautiful patterns in making two necklaces. The process is fun and rather addictive an I am already planning on what to do next.
Warning.. this is NOT a craft for children or those who are the types that burn themselves each time they try to use the curling iron. This is a VERY hot and very real soldering iron and while it does use lead-free solder there are multiple chances to burn yourself with the iron unless you are careful.
That said... THIS IS FUN!.. and hope to get a local group together to do this is the future. The featured piece is the second one I did last night. The chard was part of the rim motif on some wonderful plates that came to an awful end due to a dog running head long into my china hutch. The beads are some vintage beads from the French General. I like the funky non-semetirical look of how it came out.. I strung it up on a leather cord to wear today but think I am going to make it a nice chain some time in the near future.