You know when you have one of those "works in progress" and it seems like it's been "in progress" forever? I'm living that! It's not that I'm not making progress, just that, to almost anyone's eye, not much has happened. Looking back at the photo of this lamp that I posted on July 27, you would be forgiven if you said it doesn't look too much different from this photo above. But it is very different and that difference is solder! Solder is the silver-colored metal visible in this photo but not in the other one; it is the metal holding all the pieces of this lamp, and any other Tiffany-style stained glass piece, together. It adheres to copper but not to glass which means that if you wrap each piece of glass in copper foil, the heated solder will stick to the copper, joining the whole project. It's an amazing metal because it becomes practically liquid at around 400 degrees. The "practically liquid" part is what has made this work in progress move very slowly lately, that and the curvature of the lamp. Because when the "practically liquid" solder is heated onto a curved surface, it wants to run down the sides of the curve. I'm not exaggerating when I say that each night as I've gone to bed for the past week, I've seen solder running down the curves of my eyelids. Truly! But the lamp is now off the fiberglass mold and I am able to start attaching the hanging hardware. There's still a long way to go but I'm really looking forward to what comes next: decorative metal work!