|Got him! And look at all of that ammo coming up on the left ;-)|
|There were a number of people sledding on the little hills of snow alongside the Capitol building|
So I'm back in the studio and decided that in order to get better at soldering, I've got to practice. Usually, I'm one of those people that are OK realizing that it takes a while to get good at something, practice makes perfect, and all that rot. There are some things about which I wonder if any amount of practice will ever result in my getting good, forget perfect. Those things are cooking and soldering. I can cook OK, but I think it's just OK. No one has died yet and I was going to say no one has ever spit anything out, but there was that veal scampi I made a couple of years ago with what turned out to be nuclear-like pucker power. My daughter spit it right out on her plate and has refused to eat that dish ever again. It really was tart, I'll admit, and I've learned that lesson and have made the dish a few times since with significantly better results. Did I mention that she was a college grad at this point?
|Before (the other side)|
|The "after, but not finished" versions|
Tomorrow I'll give it another try. The inexpensive glass I bought when I picked up those cheap picture frames at a discount store will help reduce the cost of learning. There's no point in using less expensive solder - poor quality supplies will result in a poor quality finished product. I have learned, however, that cheap magazine pictures or scraps of wrapping paper make a perfectly suitable insert. There's no need to waste an original little painting.
Since I did not at first succeed, I will try again. Sigh.