I would of answered yesterday, but I wanted to see if what i do was
mentioned by the more experienced people.
You have an nice design, and for me i like it!
I saw a few problems. One you have firescale on the bail. That means
your flux and stuff you used to protect the metal from said fireplace
and flowing problems wasn’t working. It also showed the spot on the
lower left of the design elements where the solder had flowed onto
the piece. OK, a good flux that has been mentioned by others will fix
the firescale. The flow problem can be cleaned. Here is my favorite
way, but it takes some time.
Go to a woodworking center/business, and get powdered grit. You can
get it in about quart size containers as the smallest amounts. It is
relatively cheap through the woodworking businesses. Also get
yourself some good thick wooden toothpicks not those skinny kind.
Become a redneck for a bit of time, and chew on the end of said
toothpick. This flays out the fibers.
let it sit and dry for about 30 min. It doesn’t need to be totally
dry, just not sopping wet. Place a bit of the grit in a bottle cap.
Now you can dip your toothpick into the grit. You use the tooth pick
in tight places that most other things can’t reach. it also gives you
more control than using a flex shaft. I do this mostly when watching
TV in the evenings. I have large amounts of powdered grit from 600 to
30,000. I can get mirror shines on anything I take the time to hand
finish. It just takes time and looking outside the box.
Aggie Who hates autocorrect