one thing I did while 'on vacation' was to take a one day work shop on soldering at a local stain glass store. The owner of the store, Toni, was terrific and the 5 of us students had a great day.
One thing I learned about soldering...as in most of life, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE.
Today I made a collage charm. I created a small collage to fit the size of my cut glass and then applied copper tape and soldered. I hope to bet smoother results with more practice.