Not everyone understands exactly what soldering involves as compared to other types of metal work like casting and fabricating. It may be helpful to break down and explain basic silver solder techniques. Each of the group members can then take it to the next level and try the techniques out.
"Solder" is actually a metal alloy ( mixture of metals ) which is heated in order to join metals. Solder comes in different alloys such as silver and gold. Match the type of solder to the type of metal so that you do not see the solder after finishing a solder.
Heat the solder to join two pieces of metal with a torch to the correct temperature so the solder melts and flows between the two pieces of metal, bonding them together.
While learning to solder is not really any more difficult than wrapping a bead with wire, understanding what the metal is doing can be just as important as understanding the step by step process.
If you are experienced please join in and share your expertise. If you're a novice just starting out and interested in learning how to solder to design jewelry then please join in, because it is the novice interested in learning that will make the group a success !