Online Class

Soldering: Basics & Beyond


Gain a toolkit of essential soldering techniques as you create everything from layered pendants to striking bezel settings!

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Gwen
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Gwen Youngblood
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Heat up your handmade jewelry with essential soldering skills! Instructor Gwen Youngblood walks you through the soldering process, starting with how to set up a safe, effective workstation. Then, conquer the torch with Gwen's expert tips and tricks. You'll find out how to hold your torch, control heat levels and use the sweet spot of the flame in a number of fun exercises, including granulation and balling wire. Next, learn how to sweat-solder multiple metals and embellishments to create lovely, layered pieces. Then, dive into a range of bezel fabrication techniques to create the perfect showcase for a cabochon. You'll learn to size and shape your wire, solder a perfectly flush backplate and set your stone securely. Finally, master soldering delicate wire to craft elegant, filigree-inspired creations!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction to Soldering
Meet your instructor, Gwen Youngblood, who takes the mystery out of soldering right away with a detailed explanation of the process. Receive in-depth instruction on how to set up a workstation and hear Gwen's recommendations for essential tools and materials.
2. Soldering Jump Rings
3. Sweat Soldering
4. Advanced Sweat Soldering
5. Fabricating a Bezel
6. Soldering With Gallery Wire
7. Advanced Designs With Wire

Recommended with this class

  • Max Flame butane torch
  • Fine silver-prong setting cup
  • Fine silver wire, 14- and 22-gauge

Taught by

Gwen Youngblood
Gwen Youngblood
Gwen Youngblood experimented with many crafts before finding her true passions –– metalwork and jewelry making. Now she owns and operates Metal Art Lab, a jewelry-making studio in San Antonio, Texas. Gwen offers workshops around the United States and loves sharing metalwork techniques with students of all levels.

If you're not delighted with your Craftsy experience, we'll make it right or give you a full refund.