A chronicle of the meanderings, false starts (which in retrospect, while sort of embarrassing turned out to be highly instructive), epiphanies, selective apathy (still evolving), wild mood swings, opinions (subject to frequent change), and life lessons of an inveterate dabbler (and her latest dabblings).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I Can't Get the Eggs and Bacon Done at the Same Time, Either

I've been intending to make earrings with these raku lampwork discs from BlueSeraphim, but just didn't get it done until last night. About a week after I finished the bracelet that would have gone with them (see previous post.) It would make far more sense to have done these earrings a week ago and listed them with the bracelet. Or better yet, listed them both with the necklace I did several months ago. (However, my inspiration was just not ripe for all these things at the same time.) I have the same problem with cooking. I have eaten many self-cooked meals in stages. First the toast, then the eggs, then the bacon, because I couldn't seem to get it all done at the same time. Ah well, this is my cross to bear.

So here they are, I've been meaning to try fastening disc beads to small strap-like pieces of metal. I like bending the top of the metal over to form the loop. I stamped a little design on these. I'm still totally spastic with the metal stamp, just can't get the design in there very deep (wimp?) and it moves around. Going to have to practice. Maybe I need a small sledgehammer.

Do you raku? I do.
With iolite and little purple glass beads

I cleaned my fingernails for this picture so I wouldn't look like a carny.
That's all for now, I have to go get ready because we're having bar food tonight.


  1. These are lovely, Keirsten. Maybe your hammer is too light? Ideally, you should strike only once to get the stamp impression...

  2. What you need is a dead blow hammer. Sounds like maracas. Helps with the single definitive strike. Mine looks like I stole it from a prison as it is blaze orange. Hard to misplace though.

    I am envying your rivets. I just cannot do it without it looking like I hit the nail on the head a few too many times so that it limply folds over on itself. Although if that is the look you like, then I am your girl.

    Enjoy the day!

  3. These disk pieces are just getting better and better! I struggle to make larger earrings and really like these. I hate stamping metal, so I'm no help on that issue.