soldering basics

last sunday, i held a basic soldering class here at the house. it was fun and we all learned alot. (even me!) we learned that little crafty soldering irons don't get hot enough and i had to relearn the fact that if you try to stuff to much in between your glass pieces, it is really hard to close, tape and then solder! but i managed to get it taped and my project turned out great. the rest of the class worked on smaller, learning projects like a wood domino, scrabble letter and glass gem. these give the foundation of things to consider when soldering. then we moved onto our projects, with the girls working on little 2x3 ornaments.

here is stefanie (from my etsynj street team) adding a jumpring to her project.

this is stefanie's mom, Laurie

here's miss marlene and jill working hard
jill practices with the iron
here is the piece i worked on while in class. it is a big piece of glass (the biggest i've ever worked on) and it is thick to begin with. the pretty quilt snippet is from a bag of beautiful quilt pieces that i picked up on saturday at Shupp's Grove, in Pennyslvania.
there are 2 spots left for the soldering class that will be held here thurs. july 9th from 10:00-2:00. email me at if you are interested.