I'm kind of isolated in my own world of jewelry making, and
wanted to see what your (in the proper southern vernacular:
y'all's) perception is to this question:
What is a reasonable (expected) accuracy rate on soldering jobs,
in general? 75%? 90%? 98%? Other?
As I try to prepare myself for leaving my "real world" job, I
have to look at my productivity and whether I can actually make
enough jewelry to replace my existing income. I find myself
resoldering more often than I would like to admit, as the first
(and sometimes second) attempt wasn't successful.
Last night I had an especially lame performance, and only had
about a 50% success rate. That really kills my productivity
when I have to pickle, clean and resolder. Not to mention
I know about the ground rules.. fit, clean, heat control, etc.,
but I guess it's sometimes easier said than done. I've even
started boiling in a baking soda solution in order to neutralize
any pickle residue.
Do you folks solder successfully the first time and every time??
Charlotte, NC (USA)