I feel a little bit put out by the Ebola thing being only THREE HOURS away from me.
It brings back bad memories of the terror I had of throwing up when I was a kid, not to mention the whole dying part.
All I ever wanted was a quiet life, minding my own business, making some art stuff, with no one bothering me.
Then this happens!
It’s enough to make me throw my hands up and go scream in a corner.
Probably in my closet which is my ‘go to’ screaming place.
Thank god I cleaned it out. I might be spending a lot of time in there.
I finally opened my website.
I’ve been procrastinating about it for far too long and the whole thing was beginning to get on my nerves.
I had been fiddling around with Wix for some time and really liked it, but couldn’t get over that I would be paying for a site which would probably get no traffic.
It was a nightmare with all the discussion going on in my head.
I had used Tictail before, which I like, but thought that no one would ever go there either. But it’s free.
P tells me that I’m very cheap. I say look at my stash of jewelry supplies and say that to my face.
Finally I had to write in big, grown up, capitals.
MAKE A DECISION WILL YOU!
And I did.
I transferred my domain name over to Tictail. Changed up the theme. Toyed with the coding, once I’d found out where it was hiding that is. Heads up, they hide it in plain sight. And stood looking at my computer in awe that I had managed to do all those things.
Coding looks very special and untouchable, but it’s amazing what you can do when you throw caution to the wind and say, dammit, I’m special too, so don’t you be thinking you can do the I’m specialer than you thing to me Johnny boy.
I still can’t find the code part which changes the background of the navigation bar which is a dark, glaring grey, but I am determined that this will not defeat me.
I do believe the Ebola scare has set me free.
So while I’m waiting to hear back from Tictail about how to change the colour, here’s a new piece.
I took my bloooood red crazy lace agate from Jim.
And made a doodle, but forgot to photograph it.
Basically it looked like all the other doodles I do so I’ll leave it up to your imagination.
Jump ahead to a little leaf making session.
My way is to take some masking tape, roll it up, stick in on my steel block, and tape it down at the open sides with scotch tape, or more masking tape to stop it from sliding around.
This enables you to stick the leaf shapes to the tape to hold them in place but also giving them a little bounce which allows you to move your stamp across the surface of the silver as well as still allowing some resistance from the block.
You’ll just have to try it to understand what I’m talking about.
The stress of the Ebola is muddling my mind.
To get the veins of the leaves I took my line chasing tool from Larry and chased it across the surface. The tape allowed me to do this smoothly. The chasing gives a nice continual line rather than a disjointed stamping line.
Next I took a texture tool, again from Larry, and chased that across the surface also.
If you hold the tool as I am in the previous photograph, you can rest your little finger on the block and bounce the tool off the surface with each hit of the hammer. This means you can constantly move the tool across the surface of the leaf as you tap the hammer.
Again, this is my way, there are loads of other ways.
Once that’s done, you’re going to twist them slightly,
Trim them up a bit so that the edges fit flush to the outside of the bezel collar.
And solder them onto the bezel setting.
These are some little plain leaves I made to go underneath the leaves I made above.
This is the piece with the top layer of leaves soldered to them.
Next I added some balls and doohickeys.
And Bob’s your uncle.
A new piece.
It’s a bit big, and I always wonder about that. Also I never really know what length of chain to put on them.
Maybe I’ll get the hang of that one day.
Use a charcoal block – here – to make the silver balls. This is the only way I’ve found to make consistently round balls. Other blocks tend to make little flat plops of silver that just don’t look as good.