So I did a ton of soldering yesterday.
My torch decided to act up so I had to do it all by iron. So it came out messy, which means I had to file a ton, which is why it looks gritty instead of smooth in these pictures.
And why my home is coated in solder-dust grains. But really, the torch was making a sputtering sound and would only function in 2 modes: flame thrower and off.
So, I had to use so much solder for what I needed that it caused a lot of iron grunge, so I had to rub it on my sal amoniac, which creates tons of horrible chemical smoke.
But I was too focused to stop, so I ended up w/that exhausted feeling you get after spending all day freezing w/your muscles clenched against it.
You can towel it off here, that works too. But I like to try to get it as oxidized as possible, so I tend to leave it on.
Thing is with the messy solder situation I ended up with an unusual amount of crevices. I fiddled with it some more and I think it's good now.
I finally got tons of beads I'd ordered in the mail. Because I'm on my 'staycation', it seems like time is moving slowly, so mail seems to be taking forever. But I got some goodies and finished off the chain/cord/necklaces of the above. I think I might be stuck in a rut on how I connect wired beads for necklaces, but I donno....
It sure is nice to have time to blog during my process and not just when I'm done.
Hope you're all doing well and staying warm and that you had a nice Christmas if you do Christmas.
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