I am so glad that Friday is finally here. This has been one crazy week. I've been busy as a bee and don't feel like I've accomplished much. Do you ever get that feeling?
I am pretty happy about one thing I accomplished. Today, I stepped out of my comfort zone and did some soldering. I've taken about every class ever offered on soldering and it still rules my life. I either melt the metal or apply fire scale so thick I don't need to patina the piece:O) Today, I needed to solder six balls on to the piece I wrote about yesterday. I knew that I had to do them all at once or not at all because when one is soldered in place and you go to solder the next one, you take a chance of the first one coming loose. This afternoon, I finally sucked it up and set about accomplishing the task at hand. The first attempt failed! Into the pickle pot everything went. Second attempt a success!! I was so pleased with myself for trying something that I considered extremely difficult. THEN, I realized that I needed to solder my maker's mark on the back - yuck!! With the balls all tightly in their place, I had no choice if I wanted the maker's mark on this piece, and I did. Into the pickle pot again to be certain that everything was as clean as a whistle. Now for the big move - turned her over and squirted four little dots of solder on the tag, lit the torch and SHAZAAAM......soldered in place!!! I sat there for a minute, smile on my face, enjoying the best moment of the week. I had taken a chance and won!!!
Tomorrow I will decide how I want to proceed with this piece. Do I want to just attach a jump ring to connect the 2 pieces or do I end up creating a more complicated attachment? I can almost guarantee you that it WON'T be a jump ring - way too simple. I'll also add a nice patina to her and I think the old girl is going to be beautiful! Do you think these two piece look good as is or should I split them up and have 2 separate pieces?? So many questions, so many decisions to make, so little time.
I really need to start thinking about packing for our trip soon. We leave on the 27th for Ohio. Oh, what the heck, I can do that next week.
Nite everyone.....tomorrow is another day