WELD UP. Down is for car exhaust and a few pipe welders.
Your up looks better anyhow.
Once you get better, you will not have to "go back over it" and should not anyhow.
Thanks for the pictures!
I don't think it could break if you tried.
More heat and move faster will help. It took me years to get good at it.
Lower heat and going slow puts more heat into the metal and makes puddle control harder. Just keep at it.
2012 R1200R !
2000 R1100RT (parts for sale!), 1976 R75/6,
There is a seat for everyone.