My experiments with spirals in silversmithing class have been interesting, if a little stressful. I now know why they call this technique ‘sweat soldering’. It reduced me to a perspiring anxious heap! I made a disk which I had hammered and textured and wanted to solder on the seven hammered spirals that I had made out of thin tubing. I melted spots of solder on the front of the disk then placed the spirals on the solder spots. The tutor told me how to heat from the reverse using firing bricks and a piece of wire screen to raise it up so I could get the torch flame underneath. I thought I had fused the spirals in place and dropped the pendant in the pickle bath to clean the firescale off. Imagine my horror to see all the pieces come off! It took several attempts before I eventually ‘got it’. But I felt so good when I came out of class to have mastered something new that was so completely out of my comfort zone. Here is the finished piece.