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When we all sat down to get started, Todaro introduced herself and explained the supplies in front of us: A few pieces of glass, lead caming, pliers, wire cutters and a soldering iron. The first step was to take the caming (the malleable metal used to online glass pieces) and wrap it securely around the edge of the glass pieces that would become the wings, eyes, tail and body of the dragonfly.
This process was the lengthiest part of the class, which was nice because it not only gave the instructors a chance to walk around and speak with us, but it also gave the students a chance to connect with one another. While I can only speak for those in the class I attended, my fellow students were extremely friendly and very willing to share extra materials or help out anyone who was having a hard time.
The next step was to solder the eyes and sets of wings together. I’d never soldered before, but I was pleasantly surprised with the progress I had made by the end. The greatest thing about soldering is that errors are incredibly easy to correct. Solder that drips on the glass chips right off and bubbles or uneven solder can be smoothed out just by reheating it.
After that, we connected the tail, wings and eyes to the body and soldered on curled wires to make the antenna. Then we cleaned off the residue from the flux, a liquid applied to the caming to make the solder stick, and then Todaro attached it to the piece that connects the dragonfly to the lawn stake and we were all set.
It was a pretty simple process. Not that it didn’t take time and care, but it was definitely something that allows you to get creative without being an artistic genius.