The Justified Sinner's Blog – September 2011 Archive (10)

Not much done today...

I didn't really get a lot done today. Too busy dealing with other things and the students!

I did make a mould of the pewter hawk's foot, using a 2-part silicone rubber compound and making it into a 2-part mould by a very rough-and-ready technique:

 

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 44)

 

I used this stuff before and it is…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 30, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Tube cutting

It struck me today that I have been using a tip bench trick for ages now which I have selfishly not shared with anyone, not out of malice or self-interest, but simply because I use it so very regularly that it never entered my head until one of the students mentioned today how unusual it was. The idea originally came from another one of my students who asked me why there are no tube cutters for jewellery of the sort plumbers use to cut pipes. Her partner is a plumber and he gave me a…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 29, 2011 at 4:07pm — 3 Comments

Developing

Just back from a long weekend in Brighton.

 

Brighton Rock

 

And back into the workshop for more on Fashion:Victim. Both the ball elements are nearly ready for development into finished pieces. The hinges are completely on one and the other has the main structural elements for the hinge in place - should be hinged…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 28, 2011 at 3:57pm — 4 Comments

sign o' the times

One of my students is so hard up just now that he is selling off his gemstones. Normally, I love buying gemstones, but this felt like I was doing something wrong. Still, I gave the (fair) prices asked, so nobody lost out. It is just sad that it has come to this. Hardly surprising as precious metal prices rocket, though I was amazed to see that silver was actually higher in 1980 than it is now, something I only just remember. It was 1980 when the Hunt Brothers tried to corner the market.…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 20, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Gift Horse!

One of the other lecturers at work found this hammer in a cupboard in the engineering department:

 

Raising Hammer

 

It's a bit rough-and-ready, but I can easily dress it and make it into a decent raising hammer. I especially like the label on it:

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 15, 2011 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Video of falconry bells

I finished another bell today and made a video of how they sound.

 

 

Apart from that, I didn't do too much except for making another corroded nut ring to see how it would sell on Etsy:

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 14, 2011 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Jingle Bells

Not that it is that time already, but after posting a request for information about bells, I finally took on board the advice I was given and coupled it with snippets found trawling through online fora and made a falconry bell. It actually rings, looks the part and is probably light enough that it could actually be used for falconry though it is actually going to end up on my falconry-inspired "Fashion:Victim" piece.

In case anyone is interested in such matters, here is the progress…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 13, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Friday Feelings!

But not in a bad way. 

I received an email from the editor of 18kt website today. The editor, Marta Sanchez, had just written an article on my excellent friend and colleague in Italy, János Gábor Varga and he recommended her to contact me, which was generous as well as flattering, so there will soon be an interview on the…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 9, 2011 at 2:21pm — No Comments

ISP Issues

Hmmm... I do like Crafthaus, so it was most alarming to me to be unable to access it for a whole day yesterday due to my ISP finding a routing issue relating to it and me having to wait until it cleared. Fortunately, it is cleared now. The good side of the whole event is that I finally persuaded our network manager at college to unblock it, so I have access there too, as do my students. 

 

Been really busy with the new students, so I've not had much time to do my own work:…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 7, 2011 at 3:32pm — 2 Comments

Nuts about nuts

Fairly easy day today. Spent the morning in the workshop and the afternoon with my students with learning difficulties, all of whom have studied with me before: gratifying to know that they wanted to come back again! A lovely group to end the week with, I think. The workshop is proving a little bit frustrating at the moment, as I am between several projects, all of which need some serious time spent working through the details on paper, or 3D models need to be made or I am waiting for…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 2, 2011 at 2:06pm — 1 Comment

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