I somehow managed to slam it into something and next thing I know one of the folding legs was folding in on itself and I hear this long protracted crash as all the things that have already found their way on to Table II went sliding to the floor, including an open (terrible, I know) bottle of Jax, which nevertheless landed upright.
I'm so traumatized by it, I haven't been back in the studio. Really, now I have no excuse not to do a thorough cleaning/organizing so instead I'm just staying away.
What We Try to Say.
Look at all these amber-y things! Those little czech drops sort of woven through the bottom chain was inspired by a technique from Lorelei Eurto. And the first necklace above has a gorgeous little functioning lighter from Uruguay and what was once a Pipnmolly earring.
I'm starting to use some of my real Uru-haul treasure.
These here are rim pieces for gourds we use to drink yerba mate out of. They're all sterling and real gold. Yeah!
I've matched them up with geodes, the bottom of which I had to sand down the back of so it would lay without flopping over. Yay new flex shaft!
Beacon of tranquility.
You guys. I just had my head in my hand for several minutes having totally blanked out on the term "flex shaft." All I could come up with "spinny grinder."
I've also repurposed these knotted cord and brass bracelets and anklets as parts of these necklaces, after treating them to plenty oxidation. I kinda love them.
The Favors of the Moon.
Look, here's the chain I showed y'all in my mini video tute. Jiorji of nearlylost has been making some of this chain on a series of gorgeous, free-form necklaces she's been making I highly recommend you check out.
Weird finial from Uruguay, hebron bead and archeological section from Patroness, big hook from Kathy haul. I've just been wanting to use up some big honking stuff, I have so much of it.
And of course, I'm just not over larats at all.
Even though this bell is ancient and this key antique, I've used these very inexpensive glass beads with them in a rosary chain I made. Idk, I just like them. And I sodered all the jump ring on those brass discs there to make sure they stayed in place. I've also been sealing my oxidized metals much more than usual- and doing so with Varathane, the polymer-worker's favorite. It does lend an un-antique gleam to everything but damn the stuff is brilliant.
Check out this huge bead! It's by etsian gabriel and needed very little else to make a drama piece.
But OMG look at all this other stuff I listed:
Pūjā. Redivivus. Shards of Stars.
Behind the Veil. The Million-Crested Sun. Aubade.
Aureate. Acosmist. Sabaism.
Sylph. The Old Ones and the New. Many Moons.
Djenné. Djenné 2.
Couple other items from last post already sold, yay.
You guys I have a Zumba teacher on Monday night who is like my hero. She could be as old as 60- she's black and in insanely good shape so it's hard to tell. She just teaches class after class, boot camp, ultimate abs, Zumba, like, how does she not die? She has crazy arm muscles and I want to be her when I grow up. Also she talks the entire time and even if she's wearing those headphone microphone thingies, you can only catch like 20% of it. She keeps it up as people come and go for other classes. I just hope she stops when she's walking down the street. She's like, "We used to go like this but the guys could go like this but we were in heels so we could only do this..." and I'm wondering, was she a professional salsa dancer at some point? Even though she doesn't speak a word of Spanish? If I ask her will she talk my ear off til the rest of forever? Is it rude to ask her age? Am I shy to ask or was I just too distracted because I think last class I dislocated a boob from jumping around without adequate support? She sambas like no Brazilian I've ever seen- it's physically impossible to go that fast. So she's cast a spell of some sort? (Santeria?) I'm from Uruguay, we're right under those samba-ing bastards, we have our own sort of samba, I know samba! I'm telling you, it's not possible to go that fast. All the girls just flail around doing like one step to each of her three. She's like, "This is how they samba in Bahia, this is how they do it in Rio. This is cumbia from Columbia, this step is slicing the sugar cane with the sickle, this is were you'd be ruffling your skirt, you know the big skirts they wear? Now mambo!" It's like a vaguely confusing and extremely rushed cultural trip through all of Latin America.
Random gif intermission:
My recent obsession is Bigelow vanilla chai tea. It's the yummiest thing I've ever tasted and I usually hate tea.
Have you guys seen xkcd yet? Here's just two from the most recent ones that I loved.
"Not to go all sentence fragment on you."
"Anyway, that's a common misconception. Geese live for a long time; all the ones we can see will probably keep flying around for billions of years before they explode."
(Then there's explain xkcd for all the ones that are too science-y or softwareprogrammer-y to understand. )
I know I still have a necklace to give away. I'm gonna do that later though. If you wanna win it, just donate to my fundraiser.
Because of the $ we raised, Kim has been able to go to a doctor's appointment she wouldn't have otherwise. She's still in a lot of pain and unable to work freely though so please send your healing vibes.