I realize I need to improve my soldering skills. I put so much work
into the ring I guess I just hated the thought of backing up.
Thought I could maybe save it by filing and sanding. Not the best
recourse. Guess I just got a little frustrated and looking for a
You weren’t necessarily wrong. Yes, soldering perfectly is the best,
and we all strive for that. But I want to mention two things. First,
I tell my students, true skill is being able to fix things when they
go wrong ( when you screw up). So, try to do it right, then try to
fix it if you don’t. You’ll learn invaluable things that way.
Second, there is the “I meant that” factor. I call something an “I
meant that” when it goes wrong, but then, in the process of trying
to salvage it, you come across a solution that you like better than
what you originally intended. My favorite example is an illustration
I cut from a magazine of a fabulous brooch. It is two pieces of
stone in an elaborate gold setting. I noticed that it appears to be
an oval stone, broken into two pieces, set into separate bezels with
a triangle of space between them. No one would (I don’t think) take
a stone and cut it into two parts and set it. The artist broke it,
and got the idea to set it in two parts. Serendipity!
So, do the best job you can, but don’t give up easily, just because
things didn’t go as you intended. If you get a stone stuck in a
setting and you have to drill from the back to get it out, enlarge
the drill hole into a star or heart or some other decorative shape.
I meant that!
OK, I just came back from class and I still have my teacher hat on.