let's figure out why your soldering isn't working for you, so you
can be a jeweler and not a electrician...; ^)
I agree with Richard. Once you master the right type of soldering
(brazing) method, there will be lots of possibilities open to you,
and you’ll be able to do fabrication work rather than just using PMC
(which is a method of jewellery making which costs a great deal more
than the traditional fabrication methods and is very limited in the
results you can achieve, notwithstanding the handful of true PMC
geniuses who make true works of art with the stuff).
You might find you rather like working with sterling as opposed to
fine silver, due to its ability to hold a form better than fine
silver. I already find sterling silver to be "as soft as butter"
with regard to holding a shine on jewellery for everyday wear, and
wish I could afford to work in gold and platinum. But I worked with
fine silver sheet, wire and tubing on one occasion (when I made a
baby rattle), but will never work with the stuff again, as it dented
and scratched for fun and went out of shape too easily when I was
dapping hemispheres - it’s much, much too soft for my liking. I like
to make rings as well as other things like necklaces and earrings, so
I want my jewellery to hold up to everyday wear.
Go on, give it a go, master the soldering and you’ll have no end of
fun, and make pieces which will last for years to come.