This month I'm reviewing The Art of Soldering for Jewelry Makers: Techniques and Projects by Wing Mun Devenney.
It's kind of ironic I chose this book for January's review because I bought it from Amazon on 1/24/2014, so I've had it for almost a year now. I've used this book many times for inspiration and to just to look at her great tutorial pictures.
BONUS: it is available on Kindle for those of you using electronic books.
The book is organized to show you what you need to get started, the key soldering techniques, the post soldering process and finally a wonderful project section. The project section has about 14 different projects from simple to complex and is a great place to get inspiration and try out something you may have never done before.
One of my favorite projects in the book is the pendant project which uses casting investment to create a cone for soldering multiple joins at once - it's called investment soldering. It's very clever. This is definitely one thing I've seen before, but hadn't thought about trying, so that's on the "To Try" list of things for the studio this year. It makes me think I will actually start making my own prong settings now that I see this technique will work for a lot of different operations.
The other bonus... I have 50 lbs of investment powder I don't use (I didn't like the 10 hour burnout schedule), so here's a way for me to avoid wasting the powder. I love it when a new use comes into play.
In each part Wing Mun provides clean, concise instructions and quite frankly, makes it look so easy. If you're new to soldering and you want a great tutorial book, this is the perfect companion. I highly recommend it to all of my new soldering students and use it quite often myself.
I'd love to hear your feedback if you have or have seen this book, so please shoot me an email or make a comment below.
Here are the details about this book from Amazon.com:
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (October 1, 2013)
- ISBN-10: 1438002637
- ISBN-13: 978-1438002637