Greets Lisa, If you don’t already have it I would suggest getting Tim
McCreight’s “The Complete Metalsmith” book and video. He is to the
point and explains what soldering really is. If you need more then
check your local community collage they may have some basic hands on.
Personally I got that tape and book and melted some dix-gold(brass).
Joining sheet to sheet, wire to sheet, and jump rings shut always
working towards smaller sizes.
Sometime the best way to learn is not “what to do” but “what not to
do” in order to get the results you are after. As far as blowing up
or burning down anything well your torch will have instructions on
setting up. The fear in the beginning is good in that you will pay
more attention to the details. Making sure that you’ve done
everything the instructions said do and checking 4 times
“Life - what a beautiful design”