20 October, 2008 at 3:24 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , )

These pieces have such a great rich colour.  They fit together, hiding a secret compartment.


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11 October, 2008 at 7:07 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The retreat is over and I’m here to testify that luggage filled with tools is heavy.  Very heavy.  But the steel bench vise did come in handy!  The retreat was fantastic, being with other artists is energizing, but I have a hard time creating around other people, so I didn’t have to worry about carefully packing up a lot of delicate finished pieces for the trip back.  Just heavy tools.  Did I mention the bench vise includes an anvil?

The box in the photo is a simple one, I love the face.  I’m trying to find more of these vintage white tins, they are by far my favourites.

In my eternal search for tools I have not been able to find anyone locally who carries a riveting hammer that is steel and has a round head, so I’m off to order one on-line because my next projects involve a lot of riveting.

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6 October, 2008 at 6:26 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , )

This box is small enough to sit on a large coin, the jewel swivels and catches the light when it swings out.

I’m packing up the power tools for an art retreat, and finding that there is not really a good way to pack a drill, dremel, saw, hammer, scrap metal, varnishes, paints, and so many bits and pieces!  I am really looking forward to this, I had been planning on making some much larger pieces and some jewelry this month, but maybe what I do this week will change those plans.

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3 October, 2008 at 4:44 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , )

Almost done, I just need to shut the lid of the inner box and wire the capsule into that empty cavity.

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in situ

2 October, 2008 at 9:53 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

This is where the box-inside-the-box-on-top-of-the-box sits, it is removable.  I’ve changed around the scarab on the top since the last photo was taken, and as soon as I put the map inside the lid of the box-on-top-of-the-box, recopy the hieroglyphs and demotic on to some antique paper (regretfully, not papyrus), roll that up and put it in the capsule, and affix the wire to hold the capsule in its place it will be done.

Then a good-bye photo, and off to its new home.

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not a hinge, yet

2 October, 2008 at 12:02 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , )

This is the first time I have used one of these bits as a hinge, most cannot make a tight enough angle.  Many times the back of the watch face is a beautiful as the front, I love the soft colour and crazing on this one.

It can take a while to figure out how to solve some engineering problems with materials I have at hand. Occasionally in the night I spend hours working out various solutions for a latch or hinge (my two biggest issues) and finally fall asleep after settling on the most elegant way to do it.  Sadly, when I get my hands on the pieces the next day I sometimes realize immediately why it won’t work, giving me another chance to exercise the little grey cells.

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30 September, 2008 at 10:49 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The top of the box, with a scarab and an amber bead.

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30 September, 2008 at 7:24 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This is one of the inner parts for the top of this box – I love the light coming through the jewel, so I’m not going to put in the portrait that was going to be on the bottom of the lid.  There will be several items in the ‘secret’ compartment, including a map and a message written in demotic script.

I may have over-thought this (as usual).

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