This is a book I picked up after my jewelry design classes were over and I was frustrated that I hadn’t learned as many techniques as I had hoped. The DVD that comes with this book is excellent. Kate is a patient teacher and breaks everything down into easy steps. Even if you haven’t tried soldering before, she makes it simple and shows you how to get started with just the basics. The practice projects were really helpful and let you experiment with each technique before the final projects at the end help you put it all together. Highly recommended.