My new favorite thing is hot, liquid metal. So radiant. So quick. So impressive. I’ve been making charms (when I haven’t had soldering iron issues) and I just learned how to make charms with a torch. Yep, fire.
At Laura’s house the other night, Natalie, of Life is a Collage and Serendipity by Natalie, was nice enough to come over and teach us the art of the torch. Natalie teaches at art retreats all over the country, so it was extra wonderful to have one-on-one time with her. Plus, she’s super fun.
This Believe charm is the first one I made. It’s about an inch-and-a-half wide and I brushed two colors of patina over it.
Laura made the soar charm (below). I thought it was super cute and I like it better than either of the ones I made, so she sent it flying home with me.
I’ve been busy soldering and making charms like the one above. However, this week, I experience a major problem: I am a destroyer of soldering irons. See the nice and clean and perfect iron below…well that’s what mine looked like for two seconds. But after not much use, I completely mangled TWO brand new soldering irons.
It’s crazy! I just don’t get it! I’m going to give it one more go with a more expensive, larger, higher wattage Weller, so I hope it works. I also just got an order of a different kind of flux and a bar of Sal Amoniac that is supposed to be the miracle worker for soldering irons. Let’s hope!
The soldering iron on the right was the one I used for maybe four soldering sessions. It looks totally chewed and won’t even melt the solder. And the one on the right, well I only had that for THREE HOURS before it started to do the same thing. Bummer!