A few weeks ago I already mentioned on Instagram that I have found a new hobby: Soldering!
I absolutely love it! I always thought that it would be too hard to do, and that it would require many expensive tools and supplies. But my Pinterest page was filling itself with many gorgeous glass pendants, lamps, terrariums and many more pretty items. It just screamed DIY, but I still figured that I would never be able to create those sturdy accessories, ‘only factories can make those’..
After googling a bit, I found the amazing simpel and inexpensive solution: Copper tape! This special product is my soldering dream come through. It simply means that you wrap the tape around the edges of glass and use it to attach pieces of glass together. (because you can solder copper together)
Now, I understand that soldering is an advanced technique, so that many of you might be a bit scared to try it, trust me I definitely was one of those people. But after practising on old pieces of glass, it turned out not be that hard at all.
The soldering tutorial that you see here is very simpel and you can alter it to your own taste by using a different flower or changing the size of the glass pendant. It is all op to you!
So here you go, the LRS first advanced DIY Project! And please my dear friends, be careful with the soldering iron, because even though it is an easy to use tool it still gets very hot and we wouldn’t want you to hurt your precious hands!
– Soldering Iron
– Pieces of Glass (I used the glass of a broken picture frame)
– Copper Tape 5 mm wide
– Glass Cutter (I used the old fashion one)
– Cutting Board, or something else to protect the surface
– 2 small Jump Rings
– Necklace or a Necklace Chain
– Tiny Flower
STEP 1 – Cut a triangular or square shape out of a simpel piece of paper in your desired pendant size.
Place the piece of paper on your cutting board and put the piece of glass on top.
STEP 2 – Use your glass cutter and ruler to cut the glass. Cut two pieces of glass.
**Here is a website that explains how to properly use a glass cutter in case this is your first time.
STEP 3 – Dry your flower. (use your favourite drying method, I actually tried the microwave trick for the first time) Place the flower between the two pieces of glass.
STEP 4 – Take the copper tape and tape all around the two layers of glass. (it’s a bit like the wrapping a gift technique)
**Make sure that the tape ends up smooth, any bump will show in the end result!
STEP 5 – Now comes the fun and harder part: soldering!
– Put flux on the copper tape.
– Using your solder, solder all around the pendant, covering the copper tape completely.
** In case this is your first time using a soldering iron, here is a very nice clip on how to use a soldering iron for beginners.
STEP 6 – Cut two small strips of copper tape. We will use this to attach the jump rings.
STEP 7 – Fold the small strip of copper tape through the jump rings and attach them to the top of the soldered pendant.
– Add flux and use your soldering iron and solder to attach the jump rings to the top of the pendant.
And that was it!! You survived it all! Hurray!
Now, let’s show your fancy advanced DIY necklace off to the world!
Getting the soldering vibes? After I made this necklace, I went on to more advanced projects like this glass lamp:
Soldering opened up a whole new DIY world to me, and I hope that you like it too!! Please let me know what you think or show me your soldering projects in the comment section!