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Micro Torch Basics

with Kate Richbourg
Micro Torch Basics
Let Kate Richbourg introduce you to what she calls "the best gateway drug for serious jewelry making" with this FREE Craftsy mini-class!

Butane micro torches are a compact and efficient heat source for soldering, firing precious metal clay, finishing enamelwork and other projects. They're inexpensive, safe and easy to use. In this five-lesson class, best-selling author and teacher Kate Richbourg shows you how to fill, light and adjust your torch and use it to shape, secure and finish metal jewelry. You'll learn how to size rings perfectly and how to choose the right materials. Then Kate shows you her signature stack ring set and a perfect band ring made from half-round silver wire.


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Lesson 1. Welcome to Your FREE Mini-Class!

  • Welcome to your free Craftsy class.


Lesson 2. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Kate Richbourg, and learn why it can be so fun and easy to work with micro torches! Then learn about Kate's background in beading and metalsmithing as you prepare to start your first project.


Lesson 3. Know Your Torch

  • Working with torches might seem scary at first, but Kate takes all the fear out by comparing different micro torches and explaining how they work. Using the Blazer and Max Flame models, Kate shows how to fill them with butane, fire them up and adjust the flame to the best length.


Lesson 4. Safety & Set-Up

  • Safety is the key when working with torches of any size, so start off right by learning all about the various tools and supplies you'll be using, and how to use them safely and efficiently.


Lesson 5. No-Fail Stack Rings

  • You'll amaze yourself when you go from brand new metalsmith to copper ring designer extraordinaire in this fun-filled lesson! Learn how to set up your work station, solder, hammer and create five gorgeous stack rings from copper wire. These make a beautiful addition to your jewelry box, and make great gifts, as well!


Lesson 6. Perfect Band Ring

  • Use your new skills to create a virtually seamless band ring using half-round silver wire. Kate shows you how to size your ring to any size needed, navigate cutting and annealing, shape, clean and solder your ring and finish it just to your liking. You'll love the finished product!

"Thank you Kate. I have been super reluctant to do anything that involved torches and making rings. This class gave me the confidence to forge ahead (...) I love the way you talk directly to me as you go through the steps. I am pleased that you define the terms that you use. You have taken the hesitation out of my jewelry journey. My husband has asked me hundreds of times to make him a ring. I think that I could do that now."
- mjfglw179256

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