I've been thinking for a while that I needed a soldering iron. I've actually bought one before and returned it before opening it. Finally, I bought one again and all the extra tools I need to make this glass box. I'm so glad I did because now I have so many ideas of new things to make with my iron! I have a lot to learn and I really need to practice cutting glass- that has been the trickiest part (even though YouTube tries to tell me it is the easiest part...). I just watched a few minutes of this video and then tried it out for myself. After the box was complete, I ended up with a few cuts and burns but I'd say it was worth it.
I also made this completely misshaped hexagon vase for some more practice. I am so surprised by how forgiving the solder is and how strong the shapes are in the end. I got all my tools at Hobby Lobby near the stained glass section- you can also find soldering irons and solder at Wal Mart or any hardware store near the plumbing repair section. For the glass, I went to Dollar Tree and picked up a few picture frames for an inexpensive glass option.
I'll share more about soldering and how to solder in another post!
Do you have any tips for soldering?