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Yet Again Sheep
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Just put a sterling chain and very baroque small pearls together for a sheep pendant.  They look good with the texture of the wool.
And made a double cala lily with gorgeous very red rubies and pearls  into a bracelet.

I rather like the final stage of putting the cast and polished jewelry together.

I brutally disassembled and old clock for possible steam punk jewelry parts.  The disassembling was definitely fun.  the springs are very very long.

Not sure if the few possible parts are what I want. Am thinking about possible steam punk designs quite a lot.

It's late and I think I'm finished for tonight.

Mood: Sleepy

Owls and Sheep
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I just packed up the Octavia Butler Owl pendant to send to Nisi Shawl for the Butler Scholarship Award.  It's an owl pendant that I made originally for Octavia Butler as her totem, and is now given to the winner/s of the scholarship.

The sheep is the pendant I made from Eric Flint and Virginia De Marce's book 1634: The Ram Rebellion (the Eric Flint 1632 series).  As I describe in this post, it was quite difficult to get right. 

I'm feeling like I _must_ have gotten it right.  At Westercon, whre there was a 1632 mini-convention, Paula Goodlett, who wrote the original storey about "Brillo" the sheep and Eric Flint and Virginia De Marce all bought the pendant.  I was tempted to call this post "The Triumph of the Sheep".

We had summer weather in San Francisco today, and I spent a nice part of this afternoon in my hammock under the trees reading. 

Tomorrow I get to write a blog about the Placenta and Social Change for Body Impolitic.  It should be fun to write.

Mood:Relaxed


Sprueing and Sheep
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I spent today sprueing.  That's when I attach the wax rods to the finished carvings so that there are channels for the liquified metal to pass through to reach the wax carving when you cast.

It's a mix of art and craft but it also get tedious after a while.  And I just spent about 7 hours doing it.

I promise this is my last sheep comment. But the 1632 Brillo sheep is truly finished and it's what I wanted.  I was just talking to my friend David in Seattle and telling him the saga of the shaggy sheep, and to my surprise her ordered it, so he gets the first one.

I'm going to be working on a platypus scupture commission more in July, so I'll probably be talking too much about platypii. (I just checked and there is no agreed-upon plural for a platypus.)

One of the pieces that's finished in wax, that I've been working on for a long time, is a small fossilised shark's tooth that I'm going to set with a couple of tiny colored diamonds.

One of the stones that I've been comtemplating, that I haven't done anything with yet, is a largish piece of amber with a 50 million year old winged termite it.  Somehow termite never sounds very beautiful, but actually it is quite lovely with large wings.  I did finish a small amber ring with an equally ancient fly.

My daughter Cid is coming to Westercon to keep me company.  She's going to Estonia to teach dance on a Fulbright fellowship the end of July, so I'm especially looking forward to spending time with her.


Mood: Satisfied


Hard Sheep
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It seems like I keep saying I''m getting better. Well, they changed my antibiotic and I do feel much better..not well but lots more energy.

I just finished a small entwined leaf pendant with a splendid small opal that is a sternum piece.  It will clip onto her permanent sternum loop.

I've been working on this sheep "Brillo" from the 1632 books off and on all week. I think I finally have it right. If you look at the photo you can see why it's so hard. Look at the  legs in proportion to the wooly body. They are improbable. (If you didn't know better, you'd think the sheep would fall over.) The legs look much to thin in proportion to the body, much like horses. These kind of real but improbable bodies mean your depiction of the animal has to be particularly perfect. That's why there are artists who specialize in horses.



I've been working from this photo of a Gute sheep and a number of photos of sheep in movement.  Note "sheep rearing" gets shepherds and 4H Club kids raising sheep ...not what I was looking for.  The rearing movement that I wanted ended up being a combination of movement from several photographs.

If you're at Westercon, I'll show it to you.

Also am working on a setting for a deep dark green piece of Ching jade that I've had forever.  Antique jade is high on my list of things I love, often the texture as much as the look.

Now that I'm feeling better, I'm planning on  journaling more.  So, hopefully, more tomorrow.

Mood: Optomistic and Wooly


Gute sheep and 1632
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I only do jewelry from books very occasionally.  It has to be something I really want.

But I'm currently thinking about a silver pendant that I'm going to make.

I'm making a pendant of  "Brillo", a sheep who is both a  humorous and an iconic political symbol in Eric Flint's 1632 books.  I wrote Virginia De Marce who has co-authored several of the novels and written excellent short stories in the 1632 collaborative universe.  They're an alternate history set in 17th century Germany with some excellent class politics, among other things. I'm pretty hooked on them.  What I was looking for, was a modern sheep that would be the prototype for the 17th century sheep I wanted to make.   I knew that the 1632 community did serious research.  And sure enough, she replied with information on Swedish Gute sheep.

I'm really happy. These are very distinctive looking animals with roughly textured hair that will be challenging in a good way.  I'm planning to have them finished for Westercon in July, where there will be a mini 1632 convention as well. 




Baa

Mood:Sheepish (It's late)



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