So, someone finally got me what I ASKED FOR this Christmas.
Apart from "NOTHING", which is what i've been telling everyone for years.... but that's another story.
We had a very low-key, laid back Christmas this year; my crazy grandma gave me a bic lighter and managed to spend 8 hours without offending anyone with her opinions on 'race relations', if yaknowhutImean.... so that was a pretty good Christmas right there. Better than many I've had.
But to the point: my sister's 2 daughters took a long walk along the railroad tracks on December 23rd and gathered a box full of rusted metal and broken glass for me.
It isn't the BEST bunch of rusty metal and broken glass that I've ever seen, but it's the THOUGHT that counts, and this is the first time that anyone in my family THOUGHT, so it's all pretty awesome as far as I'm concerned.
2. Short answer: I make Jewellery from such things. Long answer:
I make MAGIK from such things. Archimedes said "give me a lever and a place to stand, and I could move the world".
He was right. Broken glass and rusty things are the FULCRUM that I have used to occasinally shift this planet.
The last time I attended a "formal function" in which I was actually REQUIRED to appear in a tuxedo (I own several), I was seated in the first row and the President of the AMA was seated directly behind me. The wife of the gentleman being "Honored" was wearing a brooch that I had made from a piece of broken glass, and she had insisted that I pin it on her personally.
So i did- $5000 gown+ big rip to attach original artwork.
7. I've been trying to post some pics to this thread, and it's just not happenning.
I'm currently living far from civilization, and getting by with an AOL dialup connection. (Yes, AOL is still a real thing- I was surprised too!)
The internets only work properly for me when the wind blows in a certain direction; it's really just that bad.
And yes, my sister's children are AWESOME people. If I had known that children could be so great, I might not have chosen to remain childless.
They found a GREAT piece of material that didn't fit in the box: a 12-foot strip of the heavy steel banding that's used to strap cargo containers to flatcars. That's a great find for someone like me- it's a good alloy that works well, it rusts BEAUTIFULLY, and it doesn't flake apart at 1500 degrees like that zinc-plated crap I get from the dumpsters behind WalMart.
They dragged that home, and all their neighbors gave them 'funny looks' as they did it. But their neighbors opinions meant less to them than the fact that they were doing something NICE for their weird old crazy uncle, so they ignored the stares and kept dragging.
8. I understand about the connection -- I remember those days well!
This is a very cold, windy winter this year! Even in the warmer parts of the country, power is going out (once on Christmas day, again last night for us). Thanks for trying to post the pictures; post them when you can.
9. OK, internet is kinda working tonight, so here's a pic or 2 of some other stuff I've built:
A sterling silver & DARK blue sapphire bracelet currently owned by the nice lady who bought the "broken glass fish-brooch" I was talking about:
Here's me playing with fire, making an ordinary little red Garnet ring for a friend's birthday:
And the finished gift:
OK, bullshit aside, that red garnet ring was neither ordinary nor little. She's an amazingly special person, and I was lucky to have those 2 years in which I called her 'my friend'. I don't know where she is or what she's doing now, but I hope she still has that ring and looks at it sometimes and remembers all of us, because we all look at random things 1200 times a day that remind us of her.
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