Wow.

Tokyo Jungle is a really really good game. It’s like Sim Ant kind of, which is awesome. I just watched a group of pomeranians scare off a bear (a chimpanzee sort of scuttled by while we were fighting, which is important) using pack hunting techniques, then almost get outflanked by jackals, then get one-shot killed by a boar.
You can unlock dinosaurs.

Everything else is about par for the course, with intermittent attempts to have a life again while trying to determine just how hard I should actually be panicking about dad’s health.

I still exist.

Not sure what to do with myself, really, so I’ve been on here trying to suss out what the ‘community’ was like.

Haha I was so bad at Lent.

The idea was this lent that I was going to make two pieces a day. Instead, I got sick.
Story of my life.
Anyway, I’m at least working on the phoenix clay project again (sculpy stays pliable over a year’s time! It’s awesome!) and trying to center myself. It’s been really stressful.
So I had a disability hearing the other day, again. At least the judge and my attorney were amazing, but the vocational specialist said that I could work at a ‘sedentary, non impact job like ‘electronics factory’ or ‘cafeteria worker” and they’d totally let me take all the time I need off for doctors and lie down whenever necessary, no problem. He said I could lie down ‘in my car (which we’d discussed that I do not have and cannot operate)’ or, here’s the kicker: ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR.
Sometimes I wonder what planet the 1% really come from. Anyway, yeah, I’m not dead or whatever.

Oooog (Yesterday’s Shiny)

I did make something yesterday.  It is part and parcel of a larger project that I’m hoping to make a necklace out of and also a bracelet.

Lining up the usual suspects.

Lining up the usual suspects.

Oooog effort is draining.  I’m fraught with mucus and talking to my darling Faith via gchat video thing.

Okay not much more detail, but my phone camera eats and camera camera means effort.

Okay not much more detail, but my phone camera eats and camera camera means effort.

Those are for later tonight, though.  If I don’t die of mucus poisoning.  Is that a thing?  I’m pretty sure it’s a thing, since I have so much of it coming out of my everything right now.

LOL IT WILL BE STEAMPUNK NOW IF I GLUE A GEAR ON IT

LOL IT WILL BE STEAMPUNK NOW IF I GLUE A GEAR ON IT

Kidding.  That was just floating around my tool box because, hey, I’m not immune to money making any more than the next jeweler.

I see you, Keeten.  You won't steal this one.

I see you, Keeten. You won’t steal this one.

I used a bit of scrap wire to measure off the chain and snip it accordingly.

I used a bit of scrap wire to measure off the chain and snip it accordingly.

And, after a fashion, I had earrings!

AFTER A FASHION GET IT THEY ARE FASHIONABLE

AFTER A FASHION GET IT THEY ARE FASHIONABLE

Okay back to suckling nyquil and hoping to God dinner arrives soon because I sure as sugar am not getting up if I don’t have to.

 

 

 

 

 

Consecutive Daily Shinies?!

Say it ain’t so!

Tonight was a rather simple weaving project, one I’ve indulged in before.  Perhaps, had we not gone to see The Hobbit, I’d have had adequate time for a larger or more intricate project.   That movie was friggin’ long, though, leaving us worn out and possibly sporting bed sores or at least butt blisters (is that what bedsores are?  I fear googling any ailment).  Still worthwhile, especially with my dad and mom and Eric making sideline commentary the entire time.  It’s a wonder mom didn’t get us kicked out of the theater with her threatening to sell painkillers to get tickets to Les Mis instead.

The streets of Whitefish Bay are hard, y’all.

Oooog.  Must come up with charming captions for pictures.  Hard to brain.  Too many beards in the movie.  Oh!  Yeah!  I actually took a lot of process pictures this time!

Aren't they beautiful?  I lose so much time simply staring at my twinkly things.

Aren’t they beautiful? I lose so much time simply staring at my twinkly things.

At first, I considered using that sunstone that’s half-assedly wrapped (the upside-down tear in the second cell from the left in the middle), but I’ve a more specific idea for that later on that I just did not feel like getting into tonight.  The road to the Lonely Mountain was treacherous enough to leave me wanting the familiar.  See the filigree’d piece, third cell from the left in the middle?

FILIGREE'D!  OW, MY SKIN!

FILIGREE’D! OW, MY SKIN!

After staring blankly at it, then cracked.com, then it for a good ten minutes, however, I just wasn’t feelin’ the faceted round goldstone.  Goldstone and copper is a total love story, however.

PLAYER TWO HAS ENTERED THE BUILDING

PLAYER TWO HAS ENTERED THE BUILDING

It seemed a better building point.  I suppose what I end up doing with these pieces is something like a mandala.  In that, y’know, it is one.  But not round.  What are the criteria for something to be a mandala these days?  Repetition?  Circular-ness?  It being a good and hipstery word?

Ahhh, yes, labradorite, my old, dear friend.

Ahhh, yes, labradorite, my old, dear friend.

Whomever discovered labradorite?  Thanks.  You’re my favorite being.

Well it certainly is pointy.

Well it certainly is pointy.

That’s where it ended, though.  Truth be told, I still feel like I could’ve done better.  Smaller gauge wire, for instance.  Maybe better filling of the ‘negative space’.  It also helps to know WHAT I’m trying to do with this.  Bracelet?  Earring?  Pendant?  Hey, if anyone wants to tell me what to do with it, by all means.  All great artists steal, after all, or something.

In closing, I am so, so sorry that I’m far too sleepy to photoshop Gloin in on something, or maybe a beard.

 

 

 

 

Daily Shiny — 1/5/13

Despite popular belief, this is not a cat toy.

No, seriously, I need that.

No, seriously, I need that.

Anyway, I didn’t take enough during-the-process pictures, but I’ll get back on that.  Y’know, eventually.  Mostly it was difficult because Keeten kept stealing the pieces.

Keeten, I’m serious, stop or I’m calling the cops.

She kept grabbing it with her damn teeth and running away.  Someone is punchy today.

Anyway, it was a productive evening.  I took a Lake Michigan waterfront stone and wrapped it up, using topaz, silver, and glass.  The necklace itself has uh… wtf did I put on there.

Oh yeah!  Topaz, silver, glass.  Then on the chain is sea opal, fluorite, and moonstone.

Oh yeah! Topaz, silver, glass. Then on the chain is sea opal, fluorite, and moonstone.

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The back turned out well enough for it to be reversible!

Anyway, it’s finished!  Maybe I’ll do more!

I hope.  I’m on a new thingie for my supposed fibromyalgia.  It’s supposed to help the pain stuff and act as an anti-depressant.  Man, I’m open on here about crap.  Try not to blackmail me, y’all.  I’m just hoping it means less of the ol’ hillbilly heroin because oh man do I hate oxycodone.

The Daily Shiny, 2013!

Sound the alarms, because I am finally on the last stretch of working on the bracelet for my dearest Auntie Alice.  It’s only taken me two friggin’ years what with all the requirements shifting around, the need to learn new skills, the fact that PMC fucking dries out like you wouldn’t believe or breaks WAY TOO EASILY when you least expect it.  Also, I had to mount the central ruby upside down because it was so deeply and unusually cut and I had NO way of learning to make prong settings like that x-@

It's pretty great.

Really, I just wanted an excuse to use this.

So without further adieu, check this shit.

bracelettop

braceletside

bracelethook

Right now, it is sitting in a delicious container of egg yolks in order to achieve a certain amount of antiquing and a probable smell that I’ll need to do something about.  I don’t even know, maybe I’ll like have it hang out around some potpourri, and who the hell doesn’t like hanging out with some nice potpourri?  I had to put glue over the pearls temporarily so they don’t discolor, but I’ll just peel that off when everything is done marinating or what have you.  Somewhere, I have some liver of sulfur, which supposedly would be quicker than this, but I actually LIKE Eric and I don’t want to stink him out of the house too badly.  Well, no moreso than I do when I eat copious garlic.

Copious Garlic is my new-wave band, just so you know.

But yes!  Praise me!  And I will try to post the finished product tomorrow, god willing.

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