Thanks soooooo much.
So to all you lovely ladies out there and you words of wisdom.Thanks so much. You'll understand the photo by the end of this post - don't go to the end yet!!!
Where do I begin...hmmm sounds like a song doesn't it?
I used a blowtorch, in fact it was the one Sally-Jean used whilst I was in Italy almost this time last year. Yes I did some soldering with her. It was not using copper tape but sterling silver. So I did not use a soldering iron. However I will try mine if the next attempt fails. I went out today – as I was so frustrated – and bought a different solder and a different flux. So I will give it a go. As I said yesterday, I think it was the flux.
Julie: I also have Sally-Jeans book which I just love too. If this next attempt doesn’t work I will get the iron with the thermostat.
Sharon: I probably did contaminate the flux as well.
Kelsey: I bought the flux you suggested today. Our Bunnings is so lame – I had been there twice looking for solder and flux – the irons are on one level, the flux on another and the solder in a different area from both of them – so helpful aren’t they.
Ro: Thanks for the instructions – much appreciated! I can assure you, there were lots of “bits” flying – bought myself some “stunning” goggles today too!
Must take a photo of myself all decked out either when soldering or dremeling old books. I’ll be at Dick Smith for that other tool, although whilst I was in the USA in December I did buy something that sounds similar that has 3 clamps attached. Michael has sent me that box recently but its sea freight so I probably won’t see it anytime soon.
Ev: Actually the jump rings shuld not be a problem as I made my own as per instructions from a collage book – of which the name escapes me. Whilst Michael was here, he showed me the same technique. I will scan the instructions and post because it is such a great thing to use for so many applications.
Jen: The solder I bought today has flux in it and I got one that doesn’t – so I covered all my bases. I hope. Yep, I think my next purchase is going to be the thermostat iron.
Debbie: You cracked me up with your comment – I sometimes make those excuses to myself too – but I have become a lot braver in the last year or so. Thanks for the lovely words too.
Megan S, Lissy, Megan P, Ruth and Karen – thanks so much for your empathy and advice– much appreciated. That goes for everyone who commented today. I know I have to get up and walk away but I am the type who tries and tries and then I lose the plot. Oh by the way, with regards to Ruth’s advice – what do you clean the tip of the iron with, please and thanks.
I so love all my arty friends – it’s so nice to share the highs and lows of creativity with like minded people. I like that I can share my frustrations with you guys and know that I will get understanding and above all else, great advice. So I just want you all to know that I am so blessed to have you around.