Tuesday, February 10, 2009


It has fallen to me to forge ahead in our bookmaking experiment. I seem to have an overabundance of supplies (not at all unusual) and a dearth of time in which to create.

I've acquired some books on the cheap to try deconstruction/reconstruction again, the deconstruction having not gone so well the first time I tried. It's harder than you think to deconstruct a bound book so that it can then be re-bound!! I'm experimenting with ways of thinning out the cardboard cover so that it can be punched, while maintaining both the structural integrity and the overall artistic effect.

I desperately want to try with the Nancy Drew books that I've gotten - I think the combo of the covers with all the different kinds of papers that I've acquired will make excellent journals.

Pictures of my early attempts to follow!

Monday, February 09, 2009

As we progress in our jewelry I am itching to work more in metals using cold connections at first and also some PMC. I would also like to learn to solder with a torch! Previously this idea terrified me as my setup was in my future in-laws basement. I could just see me burning the house down. However, I am now (finally!) a homeowner and will soon be setting up a work area in our garage. Here's how it stands now:

Not a good picture, but that is probably a good thing! Hopefully by this time next week it will be a workable space!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

New Jury Photos

We decided we needed some new jury photos, since our work has started to change and our booth has had the full makeover (more than once!) so we spent some cold time in the garage setting up a booth just for a couple of shots. We still flubbed the lighting a bit (the garage is not tall enough for the full setup) but the shots came out okay.

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