If I'm working at my bench I have no problem in achieving Eleanor Roosevelt's dictate! Let me tell you, soldering in scary! At a basic level their is the safety issue, so it is actually wise to be 'scared' because with this comes respect and control. Hair pulled back, all loose flammable clothing tucked away etc.
|Brooch for Andrea, Cari-jane Hakes, 2011|
After the precise texturing of silver, the cutting and filing and sanding of each individual leaf AND the careful measuring and adjusting to make sure the bezel makes a perfect snug fit with the stone comes the soldering.
The thing that really scares me is the possibility of hours and hours of hard work melting before my eyes.
I use hard solder for all the initial joints. This means that the silver is glowing with an internal heat. It is just on the verge of collapse as the solder begins to flow and fuse all the disparate parts together.
|Back view of Andrea's brooch, Cari-Jane Hakes, 2011|
Post script: The pink ribbon isn't part of the design - it just means I can pull the stone out after a fitting.