Bohemian Illumination-Soldering 101 for Newbies

A Online Self-Study Course

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Welcome To The Artsy Bohemian Online School of Robin Dudley Howes.

 

Have you always wondered...

how to make those pretty little charms with metal around them?  Well let me illuminate you!  With over 10 years of teaching this fun craft you’ll finish this workshop with a large basketful of techniques and a beautiful project. (FYI this sun catcher has been pinned on Pinterest close to 500,000 times and counting)! 

Even if you are seasoned or need to dust off your iron, I guarantee you’ll learn something!  Expect to make dozens of charms including how to solder a glass vial, flat back marbles and charm sandwiches!   

Who is this course for?

Anyone and everyone, beginners to advanced, with a sense of adventure and a can-do attitude.  Anyone who wants to start a new hobby or brush up on skills to the serious artist wanting to make a living selling artisan products from skills learned in my class.  

 

Who this course is not for:

If you have many years under your belt with this type of soldering or don’t think you can learn anything new or you solder consistently this class may not be for you.

Course Details - What You Get

Video demonstrations, downloadable handouts and resources.

The first part of the video series we’ll learn what equipment I use and the safest materials for this type of soldering.   You will also learn the following:

 *How to drill holes into the drift wood and attach head pins to hang the chain and samples of other things you can use instead of drift wood.  I’ll also demonstrate how to attach the hanging wire.

*How to prepare “simple” charms using game pieces, dominoes, “hole” less objects, small rocks and more with copper foil tape.

*How to solder the simple charms and attach jump rings in an efficient way (my exclusive jump ring secrets).  If you’ve ever soldered and quit because you couldn’t attach the jump rings I’ll get you over that hump.

*My one simple trick to make sure your soldering tip will always be tinned and you’ll never have to use toxic sal ammoniac to clean it! 

*Once you’ve mastered the simple charms (games pieces, small rocks etc) we move onto charm sandwiches (2 pieces of glass with something sandwiched in between) and all the variations of charm sandwiches and ephemera to use inside them.

* How to solder small glass vials and 3 different ways to solder them.  I’ll show you how to make a wire “basket” handle along with 2 other secrets to enclose the lid.

*How to patina your charms to age them (optional).

*How to avoid common mistakes with regards to soldering and what to do with the “bad” charms.

*How to wire wrap the charms and make your own jump rings to attach to the chain.  We’ll finish by attaching everything to the driftwood.

All the soldering mistakes I’ve made are your victory.  Meaning you probably won’t make the same mistakes I did because I’ll show you how to avoid them.  Even if you do make mistakes I’ll show you how to make it pretty!

I eat, live and breathe my craft, every day.  Decades of  accumulated knowledge, teaching and making.  It’s what I do and now I’m going to show you that you can do it too.


Frequently Asked Questions

YES!  I cater to newbies and seasoned solderers alike, plus you can re-wind any segment a zillion times until you get it! 

YES!  Once you purchase the class I will send an email with all the resources to purchase materials and tools and everything you’ll need to start.  I’ll also have recommendations for online and brick and mortar sources.  All of these resources will be included again in the first part of the course as a downloadable handout.

When you sign up for class you’ll receive a password that will allow access to the classroom.    Think of it this way, when you take an in person workshop, you drive (or fly) to the workshop location and enter the classroom, sit down and take the class only for this class you don’t have to fly or drive anywhere and you can turn on your device or computer in your jammies and eat cereal while you watch the instructional videos!   If you know how to turn on your computer (or what ever devise you use) and are familiar with the internet or have bought things online  or have any social media you should be able to take a course online no problem.

YES!  They will be available 1 week  (maybe earlier) before the class goes live and each one will be a little different but equally fantastic!   The kits include 1 piece of drift wood (approx..12-15 inches long), 15 chandelier crystals, chain, 2-3 game pieces, 3 flat back marbles, wire, 20 head pins, some shells and beads,  6 pieces of pre-cut glass for charm sandwiches,  14-20 new and vintage simulated pearls and  a few buttons.

YES!   As the class comes closer I will direct all registrants to an online forum to share successes and concerns and to ask questions of each other.

About the Instructor - Robin Dudley Howes

Creating art and teaching creativity is a way of life for me and has been my main source of joy and income for many years. My mother made clothes for my sister and I growing up and I couldn't wait for her to show me how....I was 5.  With small bits of fabric and buttons, I made clothes, bedding, jewelry, houses and other things for my dolls and I haven't stopped creating from that point on. I have no formal education in the arts but have always taken classes and read books to further my knowledge to make anything I put my mind to from soldering, mosaics, painting, jewelry, book making, clothing, tassels, crowns, crochet, macrame, knitting and so much more. 

So I guess you could say my education has been my curiosity to learn from living a creative life and the adventures I have traveled to get there.

Over the years I've taught hundreds of classes in venues at large National art retreats to cozy home gatherings.

Online classes are a great way to reach those who cannot travel to my classes and I am so thrilled to have a platform that has opened that door.


Please also understand that you make this investment at no risk.   You are covered by my personal, Iron Clad, No Questions Asked, 14-Day Guarantee. That is, you can spend 14 days going through the Bohemian Illumination Soldering 101 for Newbies course and apply everything you learn to your business and life. If, within 14 days of your purchase, for any reason,  you don’t believe the course was worth the investment, you can let me know and I will send you a full refund.

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