One more and I need to get some sleep!
While my father was in the hospital our daily mantra was, “Rainbows & Unicorns”. Our wonderful friend Stephanie (of vaseline bowl fame) sent us this image to get us through the day.
I about fell out of my chair when another friend posted this earlier today:
I’m working on a website design for a friend which has kept me from working on my crafts. The good side is that it’s making me WANT to get back to work, and I will soon. In the meantime, more Michael! I really enjoy sharing him with everyone, he’s just that awesome. 🙂
It was late one night when I walked in his studio to find three chairs sitting together. I asked if he was taking some ‘friends’ for a ride. Nope, he was playing with himself. It certainly made me giggle.
Playtime was over and he turned the lens on something of a smaller stature.
His studio has so many wonderful things to photograph. I’m looking forward to more!
Sorry, but I have to pimp Michael’s newest project. He just finished building at set of Franklin’s Bells.
The bells and hardware are all brass. The terminals are vintage as are the Bakelite standoffs used for the base of the bells and the terminals.
Electrostatic bells like these are often referred to as Franklin’s Bells, after the eminent American scientist Benjamin Franklin, who installed them in his house to warn him of approaching thunderstorms, as is recorded in a famous portrait of Franklin observing his set of electrostatic bells as a thunderstorm raged outside. This electrostatic device actually was invented in about 1742 by Andrew Gordon, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University at Erfurt, Germany. Gordon’s Bells constituted the first device that converted electrical energy into mechanical energy in the form of continuous mechanical motion, in this case, the moving of a bell clapper back and forth between two oppositely charged bells.
Franklin made use of Gordon’s idea by connecting one bell to a pointed rod attached to his chimney and a second bell to ground. This pointed rod discharged electrical energy from heavily charged passing clouds that would cause Franklin’s set of Gordon’s Bells to ring.
I have a few more sassy glitter vinyl designs in the works. Glitter vinyl is sooooo much fun!
A while back, my delightful friend Lindsey linked me to a site where I could buy kraft paper boxes. I really liked them and felt I could make the largest one work for my packaging. I placed my order but during the ordering process I got kicked out of the system. So, I sat and waited. I had purchased my previous boxes at Michael’s. They’re not cheap – $2.99 a pop – but I’ve managed to almost keep within my shipping cost parameters and still be able to insure the packages.
Ok…I finally listed those last two necklaces on Thursday along with another I haven’t posted here. The pink & black one sold within a few hours! I journeyed up to Michael’s yesterday in an attempt to buy several boxes while I got off my butt and try to order from Uline. Much to my dismay, they were out of the square boxes. So I kept searching around the shelves until I found this one and fell in love:
I went to the website listed on the bottom of the box http://www.darice.com. Awesome, BUT I have to have a store front in order to purchase from them, as well as a ‘minimum’ yearly purchase amount. http://www.darice.com/ecom/ViewContent.aspx?sectionId=2&cmid=2003. I hit the intarwebs late last night and found them for $2.29 at Create4Less. With shipping, it’s still probably cheaper than Michael’s when you add taxes for the store purchase.
So, I am trying to decide whether to buy some of these and suck up the costs, or go back to Uline and work with their great deals for the smaller rectangular ones.
Unique Hand Engraved Glass & Woodcarving
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