Saturday, November 10, 2012
Here's another resin experiment I've been meaning to show you guys, since it's the one I actually wear the most so far of all my experiments. I whipped it up last month, I think, and it immediately become one of my top three favorite cuff bracelets. (I am a huge fan of leather cuffs; they're perfect with jeans, and they don't snag or pinch the way most of my chain bracelets do!)
The centerpiece of the cuff is a vintage ray gun charm from a box of Cracker Jacks. You might remember I initially considered using it for my steampunk medal:
Next I dropped it into my resin mold along with several tiny watch gears:
Once the resin was cured, I tried two or three different metallic papers for backers:
From here I grabbed an old leather belt, cut off a section, and began laying out my cuff design:
I rounded the edges of my leather strip, added a snap, and then marked where I wanted the chain to attach with a piece of wet chalk:
previous cuff, I sealed the cut edges of the leather with clear glue before painting them with black acrylic paint.
Next I drilled tiny holes in the leather with my Dremel, and attached my chain with large O rings:
After a few failed attempts I realized no adhesive would hold my resin cabochon onto the curved leather - the strain was too great, so the edges just kept pulling away.
My solution was to sew the cabochon on like a button. Kind of.
With the resin piece in place on the leather, I drilled two tiny holes on each side, making sure the drill bit went all the way through the leather as well. Then I used thin brass wire to "sew" each side of the resin piece down:
Next I bent two filigree pieces to fit the side curves of the cuff:
...and used brass brads to attach them, plus a touch of E-600 to make sure they wouldn't twist:
favorite cuff (which mercifully John found again a few day later) I've been paranoid about bits knocking off my bracelets!
Here's the finished cuff with the smaller brass chain:
And one more shot in the daylight, after I added a second loop on the front chain:
The first time I wore this out John and I visited an Indie craft fair, and I had several of the artists compliment it and ask me where I got it. (!!) Talk about a head-sweller!
And speaking of head-swelling, my oh-so mild sickness decided to blossom into a full blown head cold yesterday, and today I gave it to John, so we've got this awesome sniffling-in-stereo thing going on. :) We've also decided that "snot" is a verb, as in, "Did you just snot on my neck?" - which is a thing John actually said to me a few minutes ago. (And for the record, no, I did not.)
The hardest part for me is that I can't take any kind of decongestants on account of my anxiety. (Even the mildest stimulant - like the stuff in Sudafed - can trigger episodes.) I don't miss the medicine head feeling, but toughing through a cold with just pain meds and comfort food gets to be a real drag. Plus - and yes, I KNOW I'm whining but I'm sick and it's my blog and I'm GONNA, dang it - tea and OJ and spicy stuff all give me the most raging awful acid reflux. Seriously. I had two cups of herbal tea last week for my sore throat and had to sleep sitting up two nights in a row. And I took Prevacid and antacids and everything! URG.
So I guess you could say my body is just being a poopy-headed jerky jerk at the moment.
This concludes my whining, because I just remembered we bought Epic Micky 2 today, and wheee video games!
Hope you have a great weekend, guys!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Here's something I've wanted to start for ages, and this week I finally decided to buckle down and just DO IT already.
Nearly every day I get these amazing stories in my inbox about young geek girls being PROUD young geek girls, and it makes me so gosh-darned happy I could pop. I've shared a few with you guys before - Katie being the most notable - and each time I do I hear how vastly encouraging it is for other girls to see their peers loving the same stuff they love, unashamedly.
So in that spirit, I'm starting new series of posts called the Epbot Exemplars. (I know it's a mouthful, but it just sounds so GRAND, don't you think?)
I'll be featuring mostly young geek girls - although I won't rule out featuring boys or adults now and then - with a little snippet about what geeky things they love and how they express it. It could be just a picture and quote, or it could be a whole story. I might feature a few at a time, or just one every few weeks, or abandon the idea entirely if you guys hate it. (Can you tell I'll be making this up as I go along? Ha!)
So without further ado, let's meet our first official Exemplars:
This is five-year-old Hayden:
(If you heard something just then, that was just me cry-cheering over here. Don't mind me.)
This is eleven-year-old Zahava:
(Yep, you read that right; she put this costume together herself!)
"The goggles were a pair of plastic giant glasses. I used a headband for the strap, and used a paper towel roll covered in brown fabric and cut to make the back of the goggles, with the padding from headphones on the end."
"The wings I painted with some bronze on the edges and straps, added a buckle, and used painted boxes with buttons hot glued to them for the box on the back and the one attached with curled wire. the rest of the costume was either thrift store finds or borrowed. Thanks for reading my letter!"
What's this? A budding crafter/cosplayer?? BE STILL MY HEART.
And finally, this is ten-year-old Hannah:
Hannah's mom Nicole describes her as a "voracious reader, enthusiastic geek, and avid Whovian." Hannah made herself a TARDIS backpack, and excitedly chose glasses in "TARDIS blue." For Halloween she dressed as "Doctor Jenny" (hat tip!), and "pored over each episode looking for all the silly tools used, and put together a hip-pouch of fun stuff: psychic paper, tardis key, metal-quote necklace of 'time is a...big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff', 3-D glasses, water pistol, slingshot, and more."
None of Hannah's friends know Doctor Who, and no one recognized her on Halloween. But don't go feeling sorry for her, because Hannah was having a timey-wimey blast. Nicole writes,
"One of the beauties of the internet is the ability to connect those who wouldn't ever cross paths in real life. Sure, Hannah doesn't have friends who share her geekish interests...but, they find other connections. She can enjoy the episodes knowing that others, around the world, also enjoy it. "
Young geeks reveling in the things they love, taking comfort in knowing they have a world-wide community just a computer away? Now that's Exemplary.
Plus, Hannah already has her costume planned out for next year: Han(nah) Solo. (HIGH FIVE!!)
I hope you guys enjoyed the new feature, guys, and I hope you'll read these with your own little geeklings, should you have any!
Oh, and for more geeky greatness, be sure to check out Superheroes are for girls, too! - a Tumblr blog Chrissy G. sent it. But trust me, YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE CUTE.
PS - If you'd like to nominate an Exemplar, please at least try to keep your e-mails brief [smirk], remember to include a photo or two, and also tell me your children's names and ages. Odds are you won't get a reply - I'm swimming in e-mail already! - but please know that I *am* reading and enjoying everything you send in!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Anyway, it's weeks like these that I really really appreciate all the fun surprises you guys send me in the mail. I tend to get a few things a month, varying from smashed pennies (yessss, my precioussss) to sticker-covered letters to baggies of broken jewelry bits for my craft endeavors. Every single package makes me feel like it's my birthday, and I have a special soft spot for handwritten letters from young geeklings with mad Perler Bead skills:
Sir Squibner! (I later made the bead 'bot into a magnet, so I can see it every day.)
Speaking of drawings, last week Victoria G. sent me a gorgeous glossy print of her amazing Lady Vadore art:
This glass arrived a few weeks ago without a card, so I'm not sure which of you lovelies made it for me, but it totally made my day:
Monday, November 5, 2012
Leigh W. recommended The Abominable Charles Christopher, and now I'm hooked on this adorable web comic:
I can't tell you how many times I've listened to Jonathan Coulton's new recording of his song Code Monkey, because I've lost count. Usually the song's a bit more rockin', but I like this slightly softer take on it. If you've never heard any of Coulton's music before, definitely give it a listen:
Next, prepare for some fantasy/design eye candy of the highest order, because BoingBoing just turned me on to the Hidden Bookcase Doors Tumblr:
Secret passages and hidden doors, oh my!! And when you're done drooling over that blog, go check out HiddenPassageway.com for more jaw-dropping trickery like this:
And finally, I know I've mentioned this blog before, but I recently re-discovered Fashion It So thanks to SuperPunch, and spent a LOL-filled few nights catching up on the archives:
K, I think that's enough to keep you well and truly occupied for now, so....go forth and procrastinate, my friends!
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