June 18th, 2009


Sprueing and Sheep

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