About a year ago I started thinking about making jewelry. Not that I have ever made jewelry before. But there were some specific pieces that I had the feeling of "Well! I could do THAT!"
Then a month ago I started thinking about soldering this jewelry because I realized in my extensive google searching that soldering was what I was going to need to do to make these specific pieces.
About two weeks ago I emailed my 'soldering expert' who patiently explained to me what soldering was...my questions ranged from "It is like using a blow torch? Is it like welding? Is it scary?" because I am pathetic like that. My S.E. (soldering expert) asked me what I was trying to do. I tried to explain. Which is not easy to do when you haven't a clue as to what you are trying to do other than "I want it to look my favorite owl necklace! It apparently has lead free solder around the edges!"
I think I might be annoying with my ignorance coupled with enthusiasm.
After much questioning, my S.E narrowed down what I was trying to do and embarked on a mission to help me figure out how to do this, because my S.E. is awesome. And thus encouraging me on my jewelry dream which at this point has become a wee bit of an obsession. I am gonna be a jewelry star.
Doesn't everyone tackle new projects thinking along these lines?
And even though I have honestly 10 much more important things I need to be doing, I gathered all my supplies together on Wednesday. And tried to solder for the first time. Because I have a jewelry dream and that is the most important thing right now. Really this is how I think. It is sad.
Anyway...the soldering? Not so good. Do you know how HOT those solder guns get?! I knew but didn't really KNOW that I was going to be MELTING METAL. I knew, but didn't really know.
I can't even show you the end result. I am going to save it, of course, because it will be funny to look back on some day when *I* am a S.E. and everyone is buying my amazing jewelry.
But for now? I am going to take a break from melting metal for a week or so.