Friday, March 25, 2011

TGIF

 

TGIF, blog friends! Thank you so much for the kind comments about the Make It Monday video. I've been branching out and trying to learn new skills lately, the video being one, and the above lil' goodie being another! I'm trying to learn how to solder! The pendant above is my first project (look at all the firsts you're seeing from me this week - guess I'm feeling pretty brave showing you it all!).
So I have a lot to learn with this technique, and this is really far bumpier than it should be, but I'm really happy with it. I was having a seriously TOUGH time trying to conquer this - I burnt my wrist when some hot solder flew backwards, I left a pretty bad burn mark in my desk (YIKES!) and I completely messed up my first tip on my soldering iron. I was determined not to let it get the better of me, though, and finished my project.
The image is from PTI's Friendship Jar Spring Fillers. I colored it with Copics, pretty straightfoward...it was stamped onto Stamper's Select and backed with Spring Rain.
I ordered my soldering supplies from my friend Ellen Hutson. This kit has all you need to get started - well, almost all! May I be a little bold and tell you that you can save yourself a very embarrassing spot on your work surface by stopping by the home improvement store for a 12x12 tile...trust me on this! ;)
Since I'm still such a novice on soldering, I will tell you that Ellen's blog and the Simply Swank website have some great tutorials. I hope to give it another shot this weekend, so who knows, maybe I'll have another one to show you soon.
Have a great weekend! Be well!
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5 comments:

Jessie said...

great project Jenn! Have always wanted to try this! I will remember to get a tile when I try!! Have a great weekend!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Super adorable! Love that little chick image. And hurrah for you in making this. Be careful and good luck on the second try.

Cindy O said...

Thanks for sharing your first project, even with its "bumps" - it's encouraging to hear the ups and downs of a new technique

resmith said...

This is so cute! I did buy this kit sometime ago and yet to give it a try :(. I so need to get it out and give it a go. Thanks for the tip on the tile. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rachael said...

What a delightful little necklace! Well done! :)