Weld It! Pulse Arc Welding for Jewelers and Metalsmiths
Instructor: Jeff Georgantes
December 4, Monday, 10am-5pm, Class Fee:$145
I’m really excited that we are going to be offering a one day class on pulse arc welding. I’ve been wanting to find out more about this tool and how it is used and finally I’ll have a chance to try it out!
So what is pulse arc welding and how is it different from soldering?
Pulse arc welding is basically a very small TIG welder. It is used for metal to metal fusion that creates strong weld joins. Unlike soldering, the piece does not need to be heated, fluxed, or pickled. This makes it excellent for repair work and re tipping prongs when the stones are already set. No need to remove and reset the stone making repairs much faster.
It’s also a great choice for when you don’t want to reheat the piece that already has a lot of solder joins. When Victoria Lansford was teaching her Russian filigree class this summer she mentioned that when she added welding to her repertoire it lead to being able to join items that previously would have been very difficult (if not impossible) to solder.
Another cool thing about welding vs. soldering is that you can hold your piece together with just your hands! I know we’ve all spent all a bunch of time balancing two pieces together setting up a solder join just to have one part fall off or roll away just as we start soldering. Pulse arc welding doesn’t heat the whole piece but a very small localized heat zone. So you can hold the pieces together with your hands which is much faster and easier. Pulse arc welding can weld all metals…even metals like stainless steel, steel, aluminum, tin and even titanium. Of course it also welds all of your precious metals more commonly used in jewelry too.
I can’t wait to take this class and see how it changes my work plus it’s an excellent professional training opportunity too.
If you would like to register for this or any of our other classes give us a call at 206-524-0916 or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE
For a complete class this visit us at www.danacadesign.com