Thursday, October 3, 2013

lots and lots of solder dots


...sigh - over last weekend while my pals were working on cutting back the undergrowth, they also picked a bunch bucket full of the feral prune plums. On the first of October our plucky heroine started on a huge batch of spicy Chinese style plum sauce, and then between studio work that required soldering all the things, and this gorram cold, the mixture sat on the stove for three days, being boiled up once a day but not getting canned. Now there are little dots on the surface that might be mold, so it all has to go in the compost, wasting all that work and all the various ingredients. Dayum! That would have been a years worth of spicy/sweet condiment... sick girl is now verysad girl. I went to see if there are any plums left outside, but as suspected they were all blown away by the high winds and bashed to flinders on the ground...

One of my kitchen tenets is to put effort into making high-flavor condiments that can then be used to add savor to simple meals throughout the year; plum sauce takes the place of things like ketchup, and hoisin sauce, and if homemade, has no weird ingredients that require a chemistry degree to decipher, just things like tamari and garlic and vinegar and cayenne, and plums... hmmm...there might be a batch of last years plums still frozen at the bottom of the chest freezer

(sadface) dread rhinovirus is still stomping on my head...

when I was talking about soldering all the things? Well this is just a little bit of what that looks like in process, filigree takes a long time and many many steps...

lots and lots of solder dots

...and this is what all the soldering was about - a Birka style, twisted wire filigree Laurel medallion, now on the way to someone far to the south of here

2 comments:

  1. Very impressive soldering set up! I am always stunned that the set up takes so much time and the soldering itself goes in a flash! It's a lovely piece!!!

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  2. I would definitely say that setting up for each soldering is in some ways more of an art form than most folks realise.

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