Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Women and Soldering

This is my first blog entry and even after reading "Artful Blogging" I'm still not sure what I'm doing but I won't let that stop me. So here it goes folks...

Yesterday, having little in the way of paying work, I spent the afternoon at a friends house playing with a soldering iron. My friend, Xandra, has done some successful soldering and although I've tried to solder before have not been successful. Thinking, if I watched and took some instruction from her, I'd get something created that could possibly further my skills it would definitely be a promising day indeed. NOT! How frustrating that tool and little ball of solder can be. After carefully wrapping a scrabble tile with the copper tape and soldering all around it, I did manage after numerous attempts to solder a jump ring onto it, however, it is entirely off center and a bit wrongly angled. I kept trying but my dreams of things I could create "when" I learn how to solder has made me rethink what and what I am not good at.

Now, I am an artist to the core. I have a successful calligraphy business for the past 27 plus years, made books, art dolls, original creations that people actually pay for, create wonderful altered books and one of a kind pieces, dabbled in jewelry, anthing new that happens on the art scene, etc. but that darn little tool and tiny ball of solder has me stumped. My son told me that it's a "guy thing" and that he's not surprised that I can't do it. I was at first trying to prove him wrong, however, I'm wondering if he knows something I don't. I know there are thousands of female jewelry artists out there that can wip that tool into shape and make it do incredible things. I'm just wondering "is it me or are some women just incapable of soldering".

In any case, I think I'll stick to what I know and be done with it.

1 comment:

Lisa Holtzman said...

We women can do anything...even solder! We must solder on! ( Okay, I stole that line from our friend Xandra, but don't tell her, shhhhh)

LH