Friday, February 03, 2012
Lots of pictures today.
(Karma could care less--LOL!)
Dagan and Leah came over Wednesday night. After we ate, I had Dagan move the boom box for me from behind the loveseat on the cabinet (found an old picture of where everything used to be)...
...onto my headboard in the bedroom. I know. I know. Quit laughing! It's a humongous old boom box, but it still works. Used to be in here till my other old boom box I had in the living room died a few years back. You can see why people prefer iPods--LOL!
Leah switched the plants for me so the big philodendron has a permanent home and can claim the entire top of that cabinet. The fern will go back outside in the spring, anyways. Of course, that's if it survives me this winter--LOL!
Leah was still working and on call until 8pm.
She set herself up by the craft table with her laptop.
Dagan settled into the loveseat to watch a defunct TV series about Robin Hood.
We have a pasta machine dedicated to polymer clay. Easier way to soften the clay and get an nice even sheet to work from.
We decided to use terra cotta clay.
Leah insisted we write "HEAVY" on the two polymer clay supply boxes so that I wouldn't try to get them down by myself--LOL!
We decided on the smallest oval cutter and Leah cut me out a whole tray.
Okay. Now maybe some of you have figured out what we were making for Tori? Many of you know that Tori has lost both eyes from glaucoma. Well, she won a set of runes, noticed that I used my set of rune stones on New Year's Eve, and wondered if Leah and I could figure out a way to make some kind of a chart she could use to identify the symbols by touch.
We thought of raised symbols first. Tori has a braille typewriter and a kind of braille labelmaker. Raised symbols wouldn't go through the typewriter well...so then we were wondering how to space them for the labelmaker. Suddenly occurred to us--polymer clay!! We could carve the symbols (the clay is very lightweight) and she could glue them on to whatever type of chart she wanted to make. Tori liked that idea--so that's how we got to making little rune stones out of polymer clay. ;)
I planned to use a stylus to carve the symbols.
It got late, though, because of Leah working. I decided to wait and carve on Thursday.
Since we needed the craft table, the cat grass planter went down on the floor earlier than I would have liked...
...and Karma grazed away. Trouble is, she yanks on them and pulls them out of the ground! I guess I need them to be even taller.
Anyways, Wednesday it was so warm! Got up to 40 degrees! So Thursday morning everything was icy and covered with frost. I went to take a picture and saw...
...this lady was walking around her van spraying the windows...
...with a spray bottle? Now have I missed something? Is there some new product designed to clear ice off windows? Or is she just trying to use windshield wiper fluid or something? I've never seen anybody do anything like that. Does anybody know? Well, I take that back. I did see a dumb guy at this factory I worked at take hot water in a small bucket to pour into his locks because they had frozen up when it was 20 below. Of course then they REALLY froze solid--ROFL! If anybody has an idea what this woman is spraying on her windows, let me know. ;)
So--Wednesday night after Dagan and Leah left for home we all apparently realized that Dagan had forgotten to bring in the things for me that were in his car (like toilet paper and I was on my last roll--lol!). Dagan called when they got home and said he'd stop by after work on Thursday.
Thursday--I set myself up to carve. :)
I know there are different variations of rune symbols.
I used the ones that are on my two sets of rune stones.
Was a little trickier than I expected, so I was glad Leah had made me all the extra blanks. A few of them are oddly shaped and I'd get the symbol so off center...well, you know how anal I am. But I finished them.
Then I thought I'd add one tiny hole at the top so that Tori would be able to tell right side up from upside down. When they are read traditionally I believe there's a difference in the reading. My Healing Runes don't differentiate and always read positive. (Another reason I like their interpretations.)
Then I baked them. I used the oven thermometer and waited patiently (those toaster ovens really run hot!) for it to settle at 275 (150 on the dial!). Did the 15 minutes for 1/4 inch thick. Maybe they were a little less than 1/4 inch thick? I watched with a flashlight through the glass and they looked perfect--but I guess it is harder to tell with terra cotta clay. Some of them got a little dark, but they didn't burn. I think they turned out okay. Dagan and Leah did, too. :)
Dagan stopped after work. I had him put our dedicated to polymer clay toaster oven...
...and the two heavy boxes back up in the hall closet for me. (See, I'm being good!)
An exciting thing Dagan forgot...a box that Leah picked up from freecycle!! She had noticed somebody offering a box of lace and ribbons, emailed me to see if I wanted them--yup! And she was lucky enough to answer first and picked them up.
I haven't even pulled everything out yet.
Just pushed things aside to see what you see here.
Wow! I'm going to need to separate my lace and ribbons--and find some larger containers! ;) Whoohoo!
I sent the package for Tori with Dagan. One of them will make a trip to the post office as soon as they can. I sure hope you like them, Tori! You can glue them down in any chart form you decide on. I hope they work okay for you!! We had fun playing with clay again! :):)
This morning--Friday--it looked like it was snowing again...
...but the white out is basically just fog again. Frost and fog.
I guess this is what you get when it's 23 degrees and 100% humidity. That almost furry, crystalline frost is actually quite delicately pretty, though. :) Well, that's enough for catching up today. Have a good one!!! :):)
"There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful."