Last week I placed an order with Simply Swank for their Simply Solder Art Kit. I had read a few reviews on a couple of blogs that were filled with high praise for the kit and Melissa & Lisa the owners of Simply Swank.
I have to tell you that the shipping was fast. I ordered on Thursday and the kit came in on Monday. There was a problem though. The bottle of flux leaked all over the box. I immediately emailed Melissa who had taken my order over the phone on Thursday. She sent me out a new bottle of flux right away. It's great to find a company who is selling a great product and has excellent customer service. So if you were thinking about entering the world of soldered charms I highly recommend Simply Swank.
I have never soldered and really had no idea of what was involved but I had seen so many cute soldered charms and I had also bought Sally Jean Alexanders book "Pretty Little Things" a few months back. After seeing all of Sally's beautiful creations I decided soldering was something I wanted to learn.
The kit from Simply Swank comes with everything you need to get started. The kit even included a few sets of glass but I had a package of 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 memory glass from Ranger already on hand so I did not buy anything extra. I had a birthday gift card from my good friend Kim and I did not want to purchase anything extra in case after playing around I decided that soldering was just to hard or that I was not interested in the process after I tried it.
The pictures above is my very first attempt at soldering. It does not look very good but I will say that I did a few things wrong with the cooper tape. I actually had a hard time with the tape. Soldering was easier then getting that tape on the edge of the glass. Plus I was a little rushed as I was applying the tape. One of the corners also did not adhere to the glass so it did lift up from the heat. But I am very happy with my first attempt.
My husband was going to buy me a soldering iron at one of the local home improvement centers so I wouldn't have to wait to have the kit shipped. I am so happy he didn't talk me into it.
My 16 year old son was watching me as I soldered this charm. He had recently been making some repairs using a soldering iron from my son in law and could not believe how easily the Simply Swank Soldering iron melted the solder and flowed over the copper tape.
I am afraid I am going to have to hide my new toy! I just know my son can't wait to try and get his hands on it.