Here on Hammermarks you see a lot of my finished pieces. Sometimes even the steps in their process. What you don’t see are my mistakes.
That’s right, I make mistakes. Yesterday was evidence of this. I was making another ring like the “Sweettart” one I did last week (remember that the stone cracked on that one). I actually had two problems. First, the bezel moved when I was soldering it (it was a weird shaped stone and a weird shaped bezel). I came up with a way to fix this (a learning moment!). But after spending all the time to finish the individual parts and put the piece together, I had a problem soldering the band on. I apparently used too much pressure and the ring cracked through the base. Very disappointing.
This isn’t my first mistake. Here’s a bezel that I completely melted when trying to force the solder to fit an ill-fitting joint.
I have also been practicing soldering jumprings. Here are my dismal results. While not exactly mistakes, they are awfully sloppy.
Do these problems get me down? Sure, at the time. Mostly though I just feel like I wasted my day. But, truthfully, this is what making is all about – learning. These moments make the pieces that do turn out that much more gratifying.
So, what mistakes have you made lately? What did you learn from them?