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Monday, January 25th, 2010
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Castle of Solder

See the penny at the left bottom corner? That's how this started. Me, a soldering iron, solder, and that penny. About thirty years ago, I think. I built the tower at the bottom left on top of that penny, and when I was done (some time later), I thought... if a tower... why not a castle? So I took a blank circuit board, soldered the penny to it, and kept building from there, drop by drop.

Solder is interesting to work with this way; you heat the target spot, put some more solder on the tip of the iron, and with the tip of the iron, you encourage it to bond in a droplet shape. I used a Weller 60 watt digital temperature controlled soldering station to make this. The process is remarkably similar to sculpting with bits of clay. Only hotter, and with a lead poisoning bonus round.

Every room in the castle is hollow; staircases have steps; passages are supported by pillars; and each level of each tower has a floor.

#art #castle #notes

EXIF:

Width: 2197
Height: 1463
Company:  Canon
Camera:  Canon EOS 50D
Shot On:  2010:01:25 21:08:21
Aperture:  ƒ/29.0
Focal Length:  100.0mm
Metering Mode:  Pattern
Exposure Mode:  Auto
Flash:  Did Not Fire
Exposure Time:  13.0 seconds
Exposure Program:  Aperture Priority
ISO:  100

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