shiny

9 January, 2009 at 9:41 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , )

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I got a delivery of tools and jewels this afternoon, so tomorrow I’ll put away the clockpunk boxes and assemblages and make some earrings!  A package of new elements is inspiring, since I use a lot of found materials and vintage or antique pieces I don’t often get a whole bag of fun stuff all at once.  I can’t wait to try the three new pliers, but somehow the collet for my Dremel has gone missing, foiling my plans for lots of flat rivets.

I’m still fooling around with these crows, I like them, but haven’t found a way to use them that I’m happy with.  For now they are just one of the multitude of bits getting tossed around the workroom until inspiration knocks them off the shelf.

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heavy

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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horus

1 October, 2008 at 5:57 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Actually I wasn’t thinking of him as Horus until I put the jewel on his head.  I seem to be on some sort of ancient Egypt kick lately.  I keep coming back to the Victorian expeditions as inspiration, but haven’t realized many of those plans (yet).

I’m not really happy with the metal glue I have, so I’m off to find something better, plus I’m hoping to find a steel hand vise locally.

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