Good call enlpck; Starting and stopping on center will make things much harder on you. You're right, relax and take your time. When you're making the passes from about the 3:00 to the 9:00 positions sometimes the slag dropout can fool your eyes and it's hard to focus on the puddle. If this happens go back to technique and trust your eyes second. Try this on a horizontal piece like flat plate. Put your hood on and start and arc and get it established, then close your eyes and run a straight bead (with a weave pattern , just like the cap.) When you are getting consistent acceptable results, you've got technique down pat.
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