Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Solder Sculpting Day 2 Studio!

The beauty of solder sculpting..is you do NOT have to be such a great solderer with the solder lines
such as for a large area on a panel or expressly for box making, or many small projects kaleidoscope's as another example.
Making boxes is a lot of trial and error...even after you finally get the box construction down
many don't go together so perfect...answer to this
is decorating the seams and lids
to take focus off a not so great soldering job!
Now..i have been soldering forever!!...my seams aren't so much a problem for me..but
i do not like a boring plain box...make it unique..give it personality...sculpt something on it
bring it to life...
these same techniques are excellent for small things ...like those microscope slide pendants I see sported all around...decorate the edges and give them additional flare...clean up some of the soldering by finishing the edge off with a pretty edge...without having to purchase extra stuff!
Learn it yourself!!!
Here is a box I constructed today with flowers on the lid...this one I am going to instruct in the video...I think it is very doable for any level...
You shall see the flowers and a dragonfly (in the upper right corner)...what gives the imagery its personality is finishing it with patina, or you wouldn't see all the great crags and strokes and dots...
Thank you for dropping by I appreciate every visitor
Have a terrific day/evening


Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

This is so lovely. You have done a fabulous job with the detail.

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

I like the embossed flower and also little detail on the edge.

MrCachet said...

Another great box! I think the use of the glass is a real eye-catcher. Have you used any stained glass yet for your boxes?

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The solder on the box seams is amazing. You know, you are so good because these places you are showing people how to cover won't ever look as good or even (height, distance, etc.) as how you do it. You are a true master at soldering.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

You have tweeked my interest...this box is very inspiring. My friend had taken a soldering workshop last summer in Cincinnati and she has made some very intriguing pieces and the design elements are growing stronger with each work. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Mary! This is a very pretty box! I love the flower design! So cool! :-)

Linda said...

The box is very pretty. Soldering is what I always found the hardest to do in stained glass.

Thanks for stopping by my blog to offer congrats on the birth of my grandson. He is the joy of my life. Such a precious bundle.

Mar said...

TY everyone you are all so generous with your postitve comments

manipulating solder helps disguise a lot of flaws to solder lines a person isn't charmed with...but more
it decorates a blah project

fine solder lines are achieved with the correct temperature setting
when i have students the most witnessed issue

is they do not touch the glass with the solder tip
( i will actually place my hand on theirs and press their hand down onto the glass)

place it right on the glass it isn't going to hurt it
or cause a heat fracture
that will happen only if you leave it too long in that place
and it is the ONLY way to get a good flow going

temp is everything (this depends on the iron of choice and the solder being used)
and sometimes too little flux

yes there can be too much flux
but it just causes a popping nothing major will happen to the area
so until you get it right with the touch of flux
put too much on

i do hope i am intriqueing an interest in class

@ dave..i have done stained glass boxes too..including actual staining (painting..for which i a best credited)

Linda said...

A very special box.....would make a precious gift.