Prerequisite:  Metalsmithing 1


Sweat soldering is one of the most underrated metalsmithing techniques. It may sound complicated, but it’s simply sandwiching two or more pieces of metal together using solder. This allows an artist to paint a scene or create a contrasting, raised design in metal. Sweat soldered designs can be simple or intricate with many layers working together or by creating one clear silhouette. 


In this workshop, participants will learn tips and tricks on how to design and pierce intricate silver, copper and brass layers that are then sweat soldered to a backplate. We will discuss best soldering practices and troubleshoot any issues that may arise. 



Bring your Metalsmithing toolbox, including the following items: 

  • 2x3" 20 gauge Sterling Silver sheet, dead soft
  • 2" Sterling Silver Heavy-Wall Tubing, 3.0 mm outer diameter 
    (tubing is usually sold in 1 ft lengths, Rio Grande #100425)
  • Silver Wire Solder in hard, medium, easy, extra-easy
  • 2/0 saw blades and wax/blade lube
  • Sanding Sticks and Sandpaper  220, 320, 400, 600 grit 
  • 1.02mm High-Speed Steel Twist Drill Bit, #60  (Rio Grande #349419)
  • Face mask or 3M particulate respirator (N95, P95 or better) 


  • *20 gauge copper and/or brass (you can work entirely with brass and/or copper if you would prefer or use silver, brass and copper for your layers)
  • 4/0 saw blades
  • Jeweler’s saw frame
  • Metal Jeweler’s ruler
  • Scribe or Center Punch
  • Round and Half-Round needle file, cut #0 (or get the set RioGrande #114258)
  • Eye protection
  • Round and Half-Round escapement files, cut #2
  • Flex-I-File Combo Set (#123)
  • Brass texture plate (Cool Tools and Santa Fe Jewelers Supply have these)


8 Contact Hours | Studio fee is included in your tuition ($5 value)

Sweat Soldered Pendant: Sat, Sept 3

SKU: 021371
  • Metalsmithing 1