It’s late at night in the workshop. I’m really too tired to continue working, but I’m so close to finishing that I can’t quite make myself shut down yet. There’s less than half an hour of work left, so I rationalize that it’s best to just push on and get it all done in one go. I fire up the torch and go to work. The silver heats uniformly and the piece is about to fuse.

At the last second the silver ring surrounding the brooch gaps slightly, sighing open under the heat and leaving an irregular, visible gap around the edge. By the time my tired mind registers this fact, the brooch and the surrounding ring have fused. Since they’re effectively one piece of metal now, separating them would take more effort than the project is worth. The brooch is now ruined: I have created an ugly child. Continue reading…

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