Last week I practiced both basic soldering and mass production:
My mom asked for some bails for her glass work projects. The first 15 were kind of tough and rather annoying, but the next 20+ were easy peasy.
I found a small grinder for $2 at a garage sale last year that I just couldn’t pass up. Earlier this spring, I got the parts to make my grinder in to a buffer for jewelry and now I am using it wherever I find room. Hence “the ghetto buffer”. Usually I’m on this chair in my kitchen. It doesn’t work so well, though, since it bounces around and I end up using one hand to hold the machine in place while the other hand is holding and buffing the jewelry.
That’s not so safe. So. Today I will be mounting this …. somewhere sturdy. And possibly making a backsplash type shield to stop the flying bits from escaping all over the room.
I finally sat down to play with metal and fire this weekend and here’s what came out!
Very plain. Very simple. But still pretty. AND confidence boosting. I finished it in far less time than I’d expected AND now i have several more studio-type things set up and ready to use! (most notably: my buffer is up and running!)
Pretty drinks this morning at brunch (before the sparkling part was added):
I made rhubarb syrup earlier this month and this was its first public debut. It turns out I like it better with a lemon-lime soda than with champagne, but there is still much room for more experimentation!
I have been experimenting with printing on different surfaces. At the moment, the favorite result is the one where I print on book paper and turn it in to a card:
I am hoping to get some old Latvian books to use for this in the future, since I think printing these on Latvian text (instead of English) would just be much neater – eh?