I attempted to make this piece once before and failed, so this is actually the second incarnation of the design. In version #1, I (foolishly) chose a gauge of silver sheet for the back plate that was much too thin for the overall width/size of the piece. This threw off the heat distribution when I went to solder, and caused the whole thing to warp. It was a royal mess which I then proceeded to make worse by attempting to "fix." I ultimately decided it was best to scrap the whole thing (all that time, hard work and silver… YIKES) As frustrating as that is however, sometimes it's better to admit defeat.
I definitely do not enjoy starting a piece over and would often rather just move on to a new design, but I'm particularly fond of and see the potential for this piece so… here we go again! I've scaled it down this time (it's about 3" x 3") and I'll be using thicker gauge sheet for the back plate. Often starting over makes the second go round, go that much smoother and usually the piece becomes even better as a result. …Fingers crossed!