November 01, 2018
Different forms of soldering irons have been in use for over 4,000 years. Soldering irons were heated by burning coals or an open flame up until the late 1800's. In 1896, the first patent for the invention of the electric heating apparatus was granted to Richard Snyder and August Tinnerholm. When this device was first presented at the worlds fair a member of the press called it an 'American Beauty'. From this point on soldering irons have continued to grow into the tools that are used today.
The soldering iron is used by metal workers, electronic technicians, roofers and jewelers. Even though we all may use different types of solder and flux, the goal is usually to bond two pieces together by solder. The flux is applied to the metal pieces so that the solder will adhere to the metal. A few years ago I started to find a different way to use silver solder when making pendant necklaces. I started taking pieces of stained glass, wrapping them in copper foil and then soldering the copper foil. I wanted to come up with a new design for a silver pendant. From there I started to play with soldering on pieces of metal instead of stained glass. After my first piece turned out so well I knew I would continue to make silver pendants and silver earrings in this way. Each pendent or focal piece has its own story because I hand solder each of them making no two alike.
The silver pendants and focal pieces for the necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in this collection remind me of the clouds. That is how I came up with the name, The Silver Lining. 'Every Cloud has a Silver Lining'. Did you know that there are ten main different types of clouds? Cummulus, Stratus, Stratocomulus, Altocumulus, Nimbostratus, Altostratus, Cirrocumulus, Cirrostratus, Cirrus, and Cumulonimbus. As I looked at all the photos of the different types of clouds, I could see parts of them in my silver pendants and focal pieces. Do you remember as a child laying in the grass with your friends and looking up at the sky? Did you ever play the game where each of you would come up with something you saw in the clouds? You can do this again. Let your imagination go and come up with your own story about your individual piece knowing it was handmade with love.
These are a couple of testimonials I received from Happy Customers that purchased one of my Toggle Necklaces that inspired this collection.
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