I have mentioned "soldering" a couple times in my posts lately and I think that only a handful of you know what I am talking about.
About 3 months ago I put an ad on KSL.com to advertise my stained glass abilities hoping to get someone who needed help in a shop or something. After a few days I forgot about it, but one Saturday I got an email from a gentleman asking if I could solder. He sent me a picture of what his wife was making and I felt pretty confident that I could do this, so he came to my work so we could talk. He brought everything I could need to start right away and we scheduled to meet the next day to see what I had done. I will admit, I was not good at first. I tried for hours and only made small amounts of progress. When we met Sunday he was only able to take about half of what I did back to his wife for use. I took the rest back to try again.
After a couple of weeks of trial and error (and meeting almost everyday) I found my groove and have been cranking out the pieces ever since. And I know you are all wondering, yes, I get paid. Per piece. And it was enough before Christmas that I did not have to use any of my Granite pay checks to pay for the gifts. I think it will slow down a little, but I still have stuff to do every day.
The picture above is of my sister-in-law Audrey wearing an example of my work.
I really like doing this, and I hope that the business takes off. They are already in a couple of boutiques here in the Valley and a couple more down in St. George. And they are talking to JMR and Lolla Bella tomorrow, so hopefully that goes well.
Now you know!