I don’t know if anyone else has tried this, but what helped me with
soldering was doing lampworked beads. Developing an eye for glass
viscosity in different parts of the flame helped me learn how to
angle the torch for delicate soldering applications. Plus, I guess
the hand-eye coordination practice didn’t hurt either. It was an
unexpected crossover benefit!
Has anyone else had something like that happen? Where one interest
ended up helping out another?