Such a productive day! Made an appointment with my professor and today we bound and soldered all the cast minis and the base onto the body. This is a HUGE moment! It's finally all soldered in place--no more hot glue or sticky wax holding it together!
Then I faced and overcame my fears and soldered a closed form by myself-- two different parts actually-- and both times it flowed like a dream and nothing exploded (yes that is a concern)!
So relieved to be (mostly) done soldering on this beast. I just have one little flower that needs to be tacked back on, but I have a plan for how to tackle that tomorrow. So excited that I just had to share my progress and excitement!