I thought this would be a fun item to post. This was my first attempt at soldering. I had the brilliant thought that I didn’t need to take a class; I didn’t need to read a book; I get the basic principals of soldering, how hard can it be? So I jumped into this head first. There were a few things I didn’t realize that needed to happen for soldering to really work. First, you need copper tape around the glass. This helps seal the glass and gives you a surface for soldering. Second, you need flux. Flux helps the solder stick to the copper tape. All I had was solder and the glass. It’s quite amazing that I managed to not kill myself and to also make something sort of presentable. I decided the answer to everything was to add more solder. I ended up making a handful of these and giving them out as Christmas presents about 7 years ago.
Now after I have taken a couple of classes and read more than a few books, I cherish instruction and try not to delve into the unknown quite so often. I’m hoping that when I become a world renown artist, these will be collector items. Then again, I think that about all the weird things I have created over the years. That’s why I keep everything. I’m like Andy Warhol, who had whole rooms archiving the contents of his desk drawers.