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Deco Stones and Regency Roses
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The weather was glorious today and I had brunch with Jim and Pete Hudson with enoough of a walk to really enjoy the weather.

Now, I'm looking at a vase of quince blossoms.  I'm feeling grateful that I've finished the post trip book work, emails etc.

Finally later tonight I get to do some creative work.  I'm putting more touches on the platypus sculpture that I can't seem to quit working on.  i'ts being a real joy.  Probably some other work as well.

I got some fascinating commissions at Boskone, including two that will be historicall interpretations. I'm making an art deco influenced necklace earring and ring set..  The stones are beautiful synthtic spinels from the 1930's.   They are definitely an exception to my only natural stones rule.  And I'm making an art nouveau influenced pendant with a boulder opal and a regency rose agate. (It's full name is grave yard plume regency rose.) I love the Georgette Heyer quality of the name.  It's probably going to be cala lillies.  Serendipitously, I have them in the front garden.  I love working from living examples.

The new Terry Pratchett work is being very appreciated. I just got an order for the Shamble and for Atuin from a friend of a woman who got them at Boskone.  I really like being precise (although, of course, still interpretive) about work from books.

Will probably photograph and post images of stones later.

Mood: Anticipatory

More or Less Back
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I'm back and more or less recovered from Discworld. Had a fine time and met some interesting people.

I've been mostly off line until tonight.

I'd made a shamble for the convention from Pratchett's Tiffany Aching books. Slightly improvisational, since while there is a wax carved silver branch and woven sticks that is the same in all of them, there are also woven in pieces that vary for each piece. If you haven't read the books, a shamble is a witch's device improvised on the spot for magical purposes. It frequently includes an egg. I managed to find some remarkably egg-like pearls and woven them in with very fine silver wire and added a semiprecious or an antique bead plus odd bits of hardware that might have been in the witch's pocket. I made 6 and to my surprise sold 10, so I'll be making shambles this month in addition to my other work.

I expect I'll have a shamble or so at World Fantasy,although I don't plan to make lots of them.

Also made Atuin, the turtle that carries Discworld on it's back. It has the continents traced on it as if seen from space and also the ocean water pouring over the edge. If you haven't read the books, Disc World is flat and is carried on the backs of the elephants who stand on the turtle. I did a distant view so the elephants are hidden, otherwise it would have been way too 3D for a pendant.

I know I didn't write about these when I was making them. I wanted them to be a surprise.

I'm still feeling a little spaced. My post show nap was interspersed with both some intense art and very welcome Japanese visitors.

Mood: spaced

I'm Off..
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I'm leaving for the Disc World convention tomorrow.

I'm going to be showing my opal and silver Atuin sculpture. (The turtle that carries Disc World.) It was featured at the Boston Worldcon Art Show when Pratchett was guest of honor and hasn't been shown since. I'll be showing it at my tables. I'm really pleased that Jerry Chilson, who commissioned it, is bringing it to the convention.

Don't expect to be writing til I get back and am a little recovered. Have a great Labor Day

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