Michelle here to show you a fun way you can use The Robins Nest with jewelry making!
This is going to be a basic intro tutorial for "real" and "faux" soldering!
(Faux solder pieces can be used in cards and scrapbook pages)
Materials and tools needed:
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Foam tape and clear drying glue
2 Memory slides
For the "faux" solder- silver tapeor copper taoe
For the "real" solder - Solder iron, stand, regulator, copper tape, lead free solder, tip cleaner, clamps, flux, tarnish paste and cloth, heat proof surface and non stick craft mat.
Sandwich the two slides between your fingers, (fingers prints on the outside of the slides are OK) Carefully add your copper tape to just the top side of the slide and fold over the remaining onto the back slide, trimming any tape over laps as you work. Burnish or smooth the tape with your bone folder, eliminating sharp corners and wrinkles.
Your piece is now ready to embellish a page or card! Just clean off the fingerprints with a bit of windex. If you did silver tape for the faux solder, you can just color it with gold or copper leafing pens.
I'm sorry I don't have a step by step for soldering, I'm still getting the hang of it my self. But if you have done it your self, the next few steps are for you.
Clean your hot iron in the tip cleaner regularly while working.. I use one by Aoyue. (Found it on Amazon) No wet sponge fuss.
A few tips when soldering: don't solder on a empty stomach, have as few distractions around you as possible, don't be tired, keep the solder tip cleaned.
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~Michelle Frae Cummings