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Gear Work Day
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I'm waiting for a new modem in the Fed Ex and using PPoE which frequently lasts all of 3 minutes before going down.  i have photos I want to post but they'll have to wait until I have ethernet.

All of the work for the Nasfic is either cast or ready to cast.  I've been working on new gear work pieces.  I found some welded bronze links that I made years ago just before I gave up the torch. I used them with some antique beads and gears to make a necklace I'm really happy with.  It felt good to be working briefly with the old welded bronze..  My friend Kurt disemboweled some clocks and sent me some excellent parts.

Also, just made a necklace from Tibetan beads from the 1960's (from the original Zen Center in SF) with some large moonstone beads (rather creamy looking) and some deco teal glass beads.  When I work with beads I always think if my grandmother.  She had a shop in Greenwich Village and made jewelry from antique beads.  Many of the same beads I work with now.

It's been a good day. Followed, of course, by yoga.

Tomorrow I start the second round of lots and lots of polishing.

Mood: Pre show

Pomegranate Poetry
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I went to Girl Talk: A SF Cisgender and Trans Women Dialogue on Wednesday night.  It was superb, but that's not what I want to talk about here. E. Rose Sims used a pomegranate as a metaphor in a poem that  really knocked me out.

This morning I woke up thinking about pomegranates as dark metaphors, and now I'm thinking about how to make that in wax.  It's complicated, but if I can figure it out I think it will be amazing. The back of my head will be working on this for a while.

And finally I'm getting the type so I can start having words as part of my jewelry work.  As people know, I've been wanting to do this for much too long.  But I have a date to go to the type place next week and look at and test type.  I'm pretty excited.

Just got some early 60's Buddhist ceramic beads that I think will look beautiful with some large moonstone beads I got a couple of months ago.

My head is design full.


Mood: Elevated

My Grandmother's Beads
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It's time to take out the beads again.

I have a collection of antique beads dating from the 19th century through the 1930's.

My grandmother had a jewelry store in Greenwich Village and she made jewelry from antique materials.  She had bought them mostly from an old man named Abe Brown who had been a bead wholesaler in the 20's and 30's.  She closed her store, The Waverly Shop, on Christopher St. in the Village when she was in her eighties and gave the beads to me.  (She was just a few doors away from the bar where Stonewall happened.)

When I first started out making jewelry, I worked with the beads a lot, then I started doing lost wax casting and packed them carefully away.  A year or so ago I decided to make an occasional necklace with them.  When I go through them, there is Victorian jet, handmade 19th century Chinese glass, swirly deco beads, lapis colored ceramics and endlessly more.  They definitely bring out the dragon in me.

Anyway tomorrow I'll take down some of my bead containers and make a necklace.  I like to start by choosing one kind of bead as a central theme, and then using others to make a color and shape flow.  I definitely gloat over them.

Old beads not only have color and texture but also a smell, and when I work with them I always vividly remember my grandmother and her shop.

Mood: Dragonish and Remembering

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