Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
These little gems are about 6mm across. These cabochons are dichroic fused glass. I finally got a chance to dop these little beauties and channel them for wire wrapping.
A little over a week ago I made the trip form Bend through Madras to the community of Willowdale to visit Richardson's Rock Ranch and pick up a compound called "Starbond" (gel) and Accelerator which they recommended to me for use in dopping. I have never dopped a stone before and found it to work quickly and easily!
Clean the top of the cabochon, apply a drop of Starbond gel, put dopping stick on (dowel) and spray with the accelerator to make the glue set quickly. Wait a few minutes and I was ready to channel the cab. Afterwards I put it in the freezer. Once chilled the glue becomes brittle and the cab can be snapped off the stick and any remaining residue scraped off.
I managed to do these four pairs of cabs before I had to teach class. They are in the kiln getting firepolished as I write. Come morning they will be ready to wrap with wire. This definitely appears to be a wonderful, simple way to channel these little gems for wire wrapping eliminating the need to glue on findings. This helps me to upgrade the quality of my products as I have wanting to do.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Winter Bend or the Horse Ridge Rendezvous is a annual event put on by the Grizzly Mountain Longrifles, a black powder gun club. For more information check out the this video. http://www.opb.org/programs/ofg/videos/view/259-Mountain-Man-Rendezvous
Thursday, February 19, 2009
My ex brought home his little blond bundle of fur last Sunday. She is so cute and everybody adores her except my dog, Brutus. He's starting to warm up to her though. Speaking of new family members we now also have a cat. A handsome orange, male tabby cat. He is very thin. We hope that good food, time and love will fatten him up. He is an older cat-eight to ten years I'm guessing. My son has named him Felix.
This weekend I'm off for a weekend of camping at black powder shoot or rendezvous. I should stay fairly warm as I have a large canvas wall tent and a wood stove to keep it warm! Last I heard is snow on Saturday. It would be nice if it stayed dry though. Won't be my first time camping in the snow.
Worked on my bedroom/living area again today. It is really starting to open my area (back) up. I so look forward to when it is done. It will be a really nice place to be. A large room with one part my bedroom and the other as my sitting room along with a large closet/storage area. I look forward to a place for everything and everything in it's place. I will be able to sit, work and watch T.V. I'll also know where everything is AND be able to get to it. This time I will get it ALL done. Third times' a charm! I have attempted this several times before and had it almost done when events beyond my control nixed all my efforts.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
After all that my son, the ex and I headed over to his younger brother's house to visit and go watch my nephew wrestle. He won his match and pinned his opponent. It was also a team match and his team won. This was my first wrestling match. I had fun rooting for my nephew and his team.
I may have divorced my ex but I'm keeping his family! My brother and sister-in-law have a pair of goldens, Max and Molly. Molly had a large litter of twelve pups soon after Thanksgiving. Looking into the pen was like looking at a extra large family of Air Buddies! They are all so cute. My ex went and lost his heart to a cute little blondie! He says she picked him. Hopefully he gets permission from his landlord to have her. As soon as he picked her up she cuddled right into him and laid her head on her shoulder with a look that seemed to say "I got my daddy".