I have now ordered, from Farnell, as it only seems right, some solder wire and solder paste. I'm going for lead-free as an environmental sciency person.
Farnell (second) sub-total £19.26
- solder paste, lead-free, no-clean, 5 ml, 10 g, manufacturer: Edsyn, part number 1521898, £16.11
- solder wire, lead-free, 0.7 mm, 2 m, manufacturer: Multicore, part number 9887105, 64 p.
Back on 11th June, the costs had reached £262.88, excluding a set of washers and screws from B&Q, and the welding tips that got missed off, at £2.
Then on the 21st July came the first Farnell order (less the refund now received), £72.08
and the subsequent return postage of £1.62
the RapidOnline order £12.35
the RS order (less the solder paste refund now received), £3.59
the Maplin further order (including 2 LEDs now not needed) £1.99
today's Farnell second order (as above) £19.26
so the running total now stands at a whopping £375.77
I probably wouldn't have started if I'd thought I'd be spending this much, but hey, still having fun, and it's giving me something unusual to talk about at weddings!