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Over and Above


That is the name of this necklace – Over and Above. I’m not good at naming things, but I think I like having a name for my work rather than just IMG_00215 or something, So, I need to work on naming my work. Hopefully that is something that will get easier with practice.

But, this is the first in a series of four necklaces that I am putting together for my Wednesday night supper presentation at church. I don’t really know what to expect – I want to have a good variety of stuff, but I just don’t believe that I’ll be making a lot of sales. I know Christmas is coming up – people will have it more on their minds on Nov. 12th. But, it’s the landscape beads all over again – this deep seeded fear that I won’t sell anything and I’ll just look foolish.

I guess I should take the advice I’ve been giving to my father – suck it up, shake it off!

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Closer and Closer

Tuesday was tax day, and my mother stayed home to do her taxes. I kept her company while making a mock-up of her mother’s day present. It’s going to be a nice necklace. I made a second mock-up last week, just to be sure I knew what I was doing. Yesterday I started on the real thing and I have the short strand completed.

Wednesday I was feeling very tired and dragged out. I only got a little torching done, but I came up with a fairly nice tree and a couple of floral beads that I’m happy with. That was an accomplishment. Then, I had bell choir and Wednesday night supper.

I didn’t get any torching done Thursday because I was waiting for the propane man to come by and look at the yard. He made a very expensive estimate. So my mother called a plumber who said that they could hook up the natural gas line to the torch. The plumbers arrived on Friday (the air conditioning people came on Friday too), and once he figured out what was wanted explained that to get the appropriate pressure from the natural gas we would need a split meter or something. So, my mother called the gas company and arranged for someone to come out and set that up. Meanwhile, the air conditioning and ventilation people were banging holes in the house to set up my hood and ventilation. It was a little stressful.

We went to Flame Tree Glass on Saturday to buy the torch and hoses and connectors and things. Maureen was extremely helpful. She suggested that we get a standard barbecue tank of propane. After the ups and downs of trying to figure out how to supply fuel to my torch, this sounded like a great idea, so that is where we’re headed now. When we got home, we found that the hose was not long enough. So, I called Flame Tree back and they are going to send me another hose and a connector dohicky. That was a bit of a let down because we were going to do a test fire, but we couldn’t because the hose wasn’t long enough.

Today I read the call to worship in church. I was nervous, but apparently I did a fairly good job because a lot of people said so afterward. After church my mother and I set about painting my studio. I painted the table top and stained the legs while my mother did all the cutting in work in the studio. Then, I did all the roller work in the studio. We don’t have much more to do as far as painting goes, but we have to move a lot of stuff first. Maybe next weekend. The table looks real sharp now. I’m very happy with how it came out.

So, it has been another busy week without much torching. Hopefully I’ll get the torch up and running sometime this week – once the hose gets here. I’m looking forward to it!

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Happy Easter!

Friday, my mother and I went to Your Dekalb Farmers Market in the Atlanta area. Since we were headed that way already, I suggested a stop by Beads By Design and Flame Tree Glass. We got off to a bit of a late start since we had a leisurely morning. By the time we got through at the Farmers Market is was 8:30 PM (eastern time).

At Beads By Design we picked out chain, a clasp, and accent beads for the Satake swirl beads I made. We had a lot of fun. The woman who waited on us was very helpful and knowledgeable about making jewelry. In the past I have felt a little odd in that shop, almost like I was being an imposition, but this time I didn’t feel that way. The woman who helped us also convinced me to go to the wire wrapping class on April 12th. I figure that it would be easier to take a class than try and figure it out for myself, and since I plan on moving in to finished jewelry at some point, the skill will stand me in good stead. I’m excited about the class and making the necklace for my mother – I spent a good deal of money on supplies, but it will be worth it if my mother enjoys wearing the finished project.

We went to Flame Tree Glass next. I wanted a little bit of green and brown glass, and give my mother a chance to talk to the people there about a new torch, oxygen concentrators, and studio setup. We were there for a while waiting on Lance to finish his class. But, after talking to him we settled on a torch to buy – looks like I will be getting a Lynx. The theory behind this choice is that the bigger torch will allow me to grow in the future, but at the same time would run on one oxygen concentrator. I think that was a productive use of time. Now, we just have to figure out where to put the studio, what we are going to do about the hood and ventilation, and where to put the oxygen concentrator. Setting this up is not going to be easy or simple.

The last stop we made before the Farmers Market was The Vitamin Shoppe. My mother has been feeding me vitamins, and in her quest to figure out why I suddenly started being more active around the end of January has decided that supplements have had a big influence. She has been loading me up on fish oil and now, ginkgo biloba. Both are supposed to help with negative symptoms of schizophrenia. I figure they can’t really hurt and might be beneficial – my mother found a couple of reliable sources that indicate these supplements are beneficial. My mother also has been feeding us blueberries every day. I don’t pay much attention to the food and nutrition info she’s always spouting, as long as it tastes allright I’ll eat it. That was one of the pros in moving back in with her – the food would be better.

¬†Yesterday we went to another opera – Tristan und Isolde by Wagner. It was a long opera – it started at 11:30 AM and got finished around 4:45 PM. I fell asleep during the second act, but what I saw of it was wonderful. I’ve been wondering what kind of music to listen to while I’m at the torch, and I’ve wondered if I might not like to try opera. Naxos has a web radio service that has an opera channel. I might have to spring for the service and try it out.

Well, I finally got to spend some time at the torch today. I only spent two hours at the torch, and made eight beads. I don’t know if I will get a chance to torch tomorrow or not. I’m getting a little behind on my log file, so I might have to spend time doing that. We’ve been very busy this weekend what with all our running around. I’m looking forward to Tuesday when I can spend more time at the torch.

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