Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Twice this year I’ve weeded….well, probably more than that. For my efforts and due to an incredible installation job of a sprinkler system I had a bumper crop of perennial flowers. My mother would be proud – her gardens were always great and some of the flowers were transplanted from there.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
These are pics of the casting I made from the wax model I showed in an earlier post. I should have taken a photo with all of the wax sprues on this piece after I took the cabochon out of it. It was a mess of wax sticks going here and there and looked like a tree on the back with roots going to all of the appendages. Once it was cast there was a small loss of some of the seaweed in the bottom of this piece (see the wax model in an earlier post) but, I can either fabricate a new piece to attach or alter what I have left.
The photo is pre-polish and still rough. I threw it in the tumbler for a couple of hours this afternoon so I could see where I stood for hand polishing and finishing but haven't taken any photos of it. I'll just wait and post it when it's finished. There is a second similar piece (created for a smaller square cab)that's already done in wax and waiting to be cast in September. So, maybe when I complete this piece I'll list it in my Etsy.
Onward and upward!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I thought I'd back track just a little because I mentioned the class with Cindy Moore but never showed you what we did. As class techniques go these were good ones. I'll be using the hinges again but working in silver, once I work out my glitches. This is a great class for anyone who's never made hinges before. I've done a lot of hinges but never this way. They work really great and the design is extremely adaptable. The one here is out of copper and it isn't going to take any awards for clean workmanship but the next one will, now that I've got the techniques down.
One of the cleaver things Cindy used (maybe it was a Nancy Garber/Brighton Beads find - I'm not sure) was a Mini Cut Off Saw (Harbor Freight) for the hinge tubing. Now this is no precision tool but it sure beats the heck out of sawing the little buggers by hand. You will have to remove the bur left behind from the saw but considering you have to file everything anyway I think it's a find. As a metalsmith I'm used to working with tools that can be dangerous if you are not careful. This tool definitely falls into that category. Despite it's size and price ($27.99) it's still a cut off saw and it doesn't have any major safety devices so keep your fingers firmly attached to your hands and out of the way of the rotating blade. It has a vice so that is easily accomplished but be forewarned - this blade can cut, metal and skin. Stay focused. I think the cut off saw will also work nicely for cutting ring bands, tiny tubes for tube set gemstones, and for those who love lining beads with tubes it will make short work of it. A must buy for your tool collection if you don't have one.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
I truly think there has never been a tweezers I didn’t love. Marcie Lamberson was in Malcolm’s ARTCO booth at the same time I was and recommended the tungsten tipped tweezers. I’ve wanted them since last year so off the shelf they flew!
Then there were the ones at Arrow Springs. Those with the angled tip were listed as leaf tweezers - ? I don’t know about that but the tips on those could easily be used to pluck something off of a bead that you did not want there….or maybe to pull those points on the tips of those little leaves (hence the name?). I remember an ancient class (as a long time ago) I took with Kim Fields and she used these absolutely minute tipped tweezers to grab up glass and pull it off. I think they were stamp tweezers. I can’t tell you the number of tweezers I ruined practicing how to do that. Sounds easy now – but when I was a newbie it sure wasn’t.
Then there are the “use the glass to the last nub” tweezers. Not a bad idea I think. I am trying to do that by attaching old rods to new rods as I go but often I don’t have the same color handy and that leaves bunches of little bits sitting here and there on the bench waiting for the identical color to arrive. Maybe they will help.
Last, but not least. I purchased some square, round, and an oval mandrels plus some Asian beadmaking tools. Now, do I think I will be able to make those wonderful floral beads that so many of our Asian counterparts are famous for – absolutely not! But, the tools were too intriguing to pass up and the trowel (another Marcie recommedation she kindly showed me how to use) was wrapped in a Japanese newspaper which I find fascinating. I think I’ll squirrel away the paper in my resin box for a later project.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
At the Gathering well over 1000 beads were collected to distribute between the hospital programs. Make beads – vote – send money - Help wherever you can!
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Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
This was the how it looked from our table at the banquet. There were plenty of bidders on the donated items. I sure wish I needed the Orton controller because it was sold for $200. and they are worth nearly double that - shucks, what are you going to do! But, it was all great fun and the money goes for many worthy causes within the ISGB.
We also had a presentation by Margaret Zinzer, who stepped in for Lori Greenberg to talk about Beads of Courage. Although the voting has passed for this month it looks like we have another chance for the month of August and are currently in third place so keep those votes coming!!!
It's off to the bead trade and closing party. If I get a chance tomorrow, although I am leaving Rochester for the drive back to Michigan I'll post some photos from the last presentations...have a great evening - I know I will.