Solder Like a Lady: Metal Jewelry Making with Girl Power and Power Tools | Jewelry

soldering metal jewelry with Kate Richbourg


Girlfriends, get completely ready! We’ve partnered with Kate Richbourg, the unique #solderlikealady metalsmith, to rejoice woman energy. We use sharp applications we pound on metallic we perform with fireplace! ‎And whether we do it putting on a amazing apron, perfectly-liked denims, or pearls, we’re not worried to get filthy and we’re not frightened of soldering.

You may possibly be contemplating that resources, fireplace, and filth don’t sound pretty ladylike. To our beloved grandmothers, that could possibly be legitimate. But like Kate, modern gals know there’s a lot more than one particular way to act like a woman. Getting a outstanding jewelry designer and generating artwork with our palms is definitely an possibility. How’d this whole thought of soldering like a girl come about, in any case?

How #SolderLikeALady was Born

“So ‘solder like a lady’ arrived to light when I was filming a course around at the Interweave Studios. When I was a tiny lady, my Gran generally employed to say to me, ‘Katy, you will need to act like a girl.’ Well, my Gran was each individual inch a woman, but at any time since I was a small, I have constantly marched to my possess tune and wanted reminding from time to time,” Kate admits. “During the filming, I permit out a few of not so ‘ladylike’ phrases, and I could just listen to my Gran in my head indicating, ‘Katy, communicate like a lady!’” (Everyone else obtaining teary? No? Just me? ‘kay.)

Kate Richbourg being creative with her Gran - solder like a lady

“I joked about how I do not usually act like the woman I was introduced up to be,” Kate continues, “all the even though wielding 6 diverse jewellery soldering torches and putting on my signature dresses and vibrant pink lipstick.”

soldering with Kate Richbourg #solderlikealady

“Even however my Gran normally wished me, in her words, to ‘act like a lady,’ she also encouraged me to be accurate to myself,” Kate says, “She was a wonderful purpose design. She worked really hard her entire lifestyle and was strong, wise, and established. Even while I would get in issues if she heard me say it, she was surely badass in the most ladylike way probable. That is how I experience when I weld my torch or strike with my hammer. I can sling people instruments with the best of them—AND do it with a little bit of type, humor, and a excellent lipstick.”

What Does It Necessarily mean to Solder Like a Girl?

Certainly, we can get our palms filthy, engage in with fireplace, and however be a girl. Remaining lifted in the South and now a Southern girl via and as a result of, I am very well skilled in the instances and areas that need lipstick. Here’s a trace: all of them! But we all know that soldering like a woman (or carrying out anything like a lady) usually means a lot more than the great lipstick and a intense angle.

For Kate, soldering like a lady implies empowering students to deal with their jewellery targets. It also usually means beating the anxiety that at times will come with utilizing the tools and torches vital for metallic jewelry making. “Solder like a lady is definitely a rally cry for me,” Kate states. “Over my 25 years of educating, I have witnessed a whole lot of gals come into course with a level of distress around doing the job with torches and instruments. That soreness, I consider, can occur from absence of exposure or knowledge performing with tools at a young age or in their task life.”

micro torch metal jewelry making: solder like a lady with Kate Richbourg

“But immediately after just a little bit of instruction and guidance, all of a sudden the light clicks on and the successes begin to come about. It is like a boulder that rolls down a hill. The momentum keeps developing . . . thoughts circulation, and the ‘I can do this’ frame of mind kicks in,” Kate says.

Why Find out to Solder

“My wonderful pleasure is to educate how equipment and torches function, share awareness and mastery of the medium so absolutely everyone can feel empowered to make and express an creative eyesight by way of the common language of creativity. Whether you are a home hobbyist or a experienced jewelry designer, there is electric power in that torch and instruments. Go forth proudly and sure, solder like a girl!”

For countless numbers of ladies, earning jewellery is not just a hobby—it’s an accomplishment, an escape that offers considerably-desired “me” time absent from the fast paced-ness of modern life, a supply of self esteem and empowerment. It can also be a daily life-modifying or existence-preserving job. Whether or not it is a work in the conventional jewelry industry, promoting handmade jewelry from a village a globe away, or nearly anything in in between, jewelry can be a path to independence and protection for fearless women all about the globe.

Exhibit Us How You #SolderLikeALady

Are you just one of people fearless gals? Do you thrive on badass metalsmithery? Then exhibit us how you solder like a girl! Is it your sassy outfit, a good lipstick, some sweet basic safety eyeglasses, or your preferred new music that brings out your female ability in the studio? We want to see! Submit your photos or movies on Instagram or Fb and tag them with #solderlikealady. Be part of us in subsequent Kate’s Gran’s lead to “be a badass in the most ladylike way probable.”

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Obtained the lady actions down but want to learn to solder? Check out out Lexi Erickson’s video METALSMITH Essentials: HOW TO SOLDER Jewelry. It is offered as an ONLINE WORKSHOP and can be accessed possibly independently or through INTERWEAVE’S WORKSHOP Subscription. Subscribers get dozens of jewelry-making and beading courses! (Volume 2 IS NOW ALSO Readily available!)


Originally released March 17, 2017


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