Tuesday, December 22, 2009
In so many ways, and to so many people it has been a long and 'interesting' year. Personally it was a difficult one for me and I'm not lying when I say I will be glad when it is over. Before this year ends however, I would like to wish all my friends and family a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. I'm hoping that this New Year brings only peace, good health, prosperity and good cheer to those I hold dear.
PS -I had my six-month follow-up today, Dec 23rd. CT and blood-work show all is clear. It will be a most Merry Christmas, and gives me great hope for the New Year.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I've been wanting to do some faceted polymer pieces for a long time. I had an idea in my head of how I wanted them to look... like natural crystals, with uneven, organic facets.
I finally broke down and bought a disk/belt sander so I could make them just like I envisioned. These range in size from 1/4 inch to just under 1 inch. I still need to drill them (crossing fingers). I'm imagining them clustered in groups, perhaps in a color gradation.
I had to buff them lightly to clean the dust. That softened the facet edges a little. I like them that way, but also liked them harder edged. I've ordered some finer grit paper for my disc sander. I'm hoping that will give a finer finish and I can keep the facets sharper.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
A new addition to the work station. The drill press was sitting unused in my Mother-in-law's garage for the last 10 years. She had mentioned several times that she wanted someone to take the tools and put them to good use. Starting to fear she'd give them away, throw them away or yard-sale them...we finally took her up it.
It just needed a little dusting off, some oil on the steel, and some bolts to fix it to the bench top. It works beautifully on the acrylic that I've been playing with and opens so many more doors to creativity..... what can I make next?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I finished my newest product line, but ran out of good light to photograph, so listing will have to wait a day. :^)
Fun, bright, engraved acrylic rings in the same style as my bracelets. I also made a few key-rings and am working on some rings made of bent bands, like my bracelets.
I've really been enjoying working with the acrylic and it has me brainstorming another line combining the acrylic with my polymer clay work.... but that may have to wait until after the holidays. I've only got so much time and energy. :^)