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Soldering--the art of permanently joining metal components with a torch and solder--is seen as a challenge by many crafters. This comprehensive volume takes the mystery out of this misunderstood technique with clear instruction for jewelers of all levels. Designer and jewelry industry insider Wing Mun Devenny gives the reader-- An introduction to the history of soldering with an overview of conventional and lesser known methods An in-depth look at essential equipment and tools as well as health and safety precautions The fundamentals of soldering, from setting up and handling parts to understanding solder and fixing mistakes A range of soldering techniques--from simple to more complex The author also provides 15 beautiful, step by step projects for the reader to create including rings, pendants, cufflinks, a brooch, and earrings. More than 400 full-color illustrations throughout.