We're constructing our second model of the semester, (the matrix and itinerary) with music wire and plexi glass. When executed properly, our professor said the two materials complement each other extremely well. So far I've tried everything, and all I can come up with is something that looks like egg whites fried in asphalt using a tin foil spatula.
Is there any way to avoid that greasy, rusty, look? I've used a 40 watt and 80 watt soldering iron, as well as a butane torch, and all three yielded the same result. Sand paper and rubbing alcohol don't seem to be helping either. I've also tried two types of flux, in multiple quantities, to no avail.
The plexi is somewhat of a bitch too. Plexi Zap adheres but leaves behind a foggy residue. What's with that? I heard a few students talking about acetate being a lot easier to use. Does it have the same affect as plexi glass?
No need to call the wambulance, but I will say it's frustrating not feeling confident with the materials given, especially when you have a narrative on the tip of your brain.