Today, I have been mostly welding.
Finally decided that struggling on with my useless birdsh1t welding had gone on long enough and booked myself onto a proper MIG welding and inspection course over in Weegieland.
This was my first effort of the day:
Note inconsistant, blobby line. Mediocre penetration and I blew a hole in it (1mm mild steel)
Subsequently improved to these (unfortunately I tested my best ones to destruction, so no pretty pictures to show):
Same 1mm steel
Spot welds in 2 bits of 1mm steel (I had to have a second shot at the far left one)
All in all pretty pleased. Will be practicing again tomorrow, using my own machine this time - hopefully I can achieve something similar.