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11 April 2008 @ 07:58 pm

I cut this mostly with a Dremel tool from the end of a pretty thick dowel. I carved out the skull shape with a grinding head, cit in teeth with a razor, put it on a tack and put it in the path of a propane flame then sealed. Drilled out it should make a decent bead. :)



 Sorry for the rough picture. Getting a little better at photographing under the RIGHT conditions and this one was done by Beader when I held it with no lights and me shaking.

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01 April 2008 @ 10:03 pm

 I am a terrible photograper evidently but I have started an LJ in an effort to sell some of the SO's jewelry.  You can find her stuff at http://nakednape.livejournal.com/

 Nothing I contributed to yet, but I will link when somehting I got a grab at shows up. :)

 
 
01 April 2008 @ 07:47 pm
 Beader hasn't priviliged me with any information about the final project but she had me grind off this key for her.

 
 
 
Current Mood: tiredtired
 
 
30 March 2008 @ 04:37 pm
 So My SO and her friends went crazy for the rosaries worn in Boondock Saints. 

 This project was to construct a cool cross, 4 inches high (10 cm or so)
with a circle in that pseudo-Celtic design mode.

 3-4 failures later (4 inches is a TINY thing to work with, imho) I started with some trim left in the woodworking room.



 I cut a 4 inch piece of it and one more like 2.5 in. (6.5cm) and cut a channel into each where they would cross with a miter saw.

 I cannot cast metals in the studio I  have now and I have an irrational love of found objects so I grabbed a wheel form a wagon toy. The toy was probably loved by someone some time but I found it in the remains of a burned barn in eastern WV.

 

 I cut off the axle with an angle grinder and used the wire brush feature on my Dremel (for the first time!*) to clean off the rust and scale. 

  I then painted the cross and sanded it with a belt sander held upside down in my lap, continuing my trend as a paragon of safety. I did wear my safety glasses. I then bored out a space in the back for the central hub bump of the wheel to fit in and epoxied it in there.

 

 Then the Beader said it should be black. So I am painting the wood and sealing it in well. More pics later.

  

*I am on a perosnal quest to use every Dremel accessory at least once. I see this as representing some semblance of completeness as a crafter.
 
 
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
 
 
30 March 2008 @ 03:40 pm
Hi!

 My name is Mark and I live in southern West Virginia with my SO (significant other) who is a jeweller fo sorts. (not diamonds and rubies, she works with wire and beads and such)

 Now, I am an artist myself and we critique and support each other as much as we can. Part of what is great about a two artist relationship is perfect cooperation from your partner when you need a third hand on a project, want counsel on design decisions or need an understanding ear they are RIGHT THERE!

 As such we help one another. We haven't really done any pieces I would qualify as true collaborations yet but we have assisted one another quite a bit.

 That is where this journal comes in. I wish to start recording the stuff I do to assist in her jewelry making. I tend to work SIGNIFICANTLY larger than she does so  it is a refreshing change and a continual frustration to work on  her, well, work.

 I hope this will help or entertain other beaders and maybe allow them to frustrate their boyfriends as well.

 P.S. I in no way believe certain tasks are gender associated. In our studio we do follow very traditional gender assigned roles though. I saw and weld and build kilns and scuplt while she does jewelry and paints fairies. Outside of the studio we are much less traditional with me doing most of the cooking her earning more money than I do. :)

 
 
 
Current Location: Southern West Virginia