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Since I said I'd try to get them up, here are some pictures of what I've been doing lately.

I posted pictures of the same bowl and spoon not long ago, but they are, however, closer to being finished. That's not, as you will have no doubt noted, the same thing as finished. Shame, but I ran out of time. It's not like I didn't put any effort in. Overall I'm quite pleased.

There are also pictures of three pages from my sketchbook - two with drawings and one with a machine embroidery. I'd write more about them but I desperately need to sleep, so I'll just leave you with the pictures (click to enlarge..).

various pictures )
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Metalwork stuff

For our most recent project, we had to decide whether to do scoring or raising. Scoring is as you would with paper; making a line to help form folds. Raising is a process that uses hammers and stakes to gradually shape objects - usally vessels of some sort (bowls, jugs, vases etc.).

photos for your viewing pleasure )

The shapes are based on the human skeleton, but they are slightly more abstracted than in my last project. In this project we were told to make something functional. I had an idea for a vase based on the pelvis and backbone, but that will have to wait for another time.

I'm enjoying this project a lot. Raising is tiring work, but it's less frustrating (for me) than sawing out tiny pieces for jewellery or anodising aluminium over and over. It's quite a slow process to use (not least because you have to stop and anneal the metal quite often in order for it to be soft enough to work), but it hasn't bored me.

Stuff other than metalwork

Lately I've been trying to read a bit more. I have recently finished The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus Mills, The Three Muskateers (I'd not read it before, which seems bizarre) and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Next I think I shall read Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I'm looking forward to seeing V for Vendetta, even though I'm sure I shall come out of the cinema raging. There are many films I seem to have missed, unfortunately - Brokeback Mountain and The constant Gardner to name just two. I'll just have to get them out on DVD (or wait until a friend buys them and then borrow them!).

I have been baking lots in the last few days. I have made buns and biscuits, and here are the recipes. )

I have also been a bit stressed about money, but hopefully eBay will help with that. I have things I no longer wear which I will collect from home in April and then put up for auction.

I recently went to the college library and found a copy of Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh. It has patterns for various historical corsets (and crinolines, who'd have thought?), a couple of which I have photocopied and enlarged. At some point I plan to make an Edwardian corset for myself as well as a lovely 1860s pattern one (from a pattern not in the book) which is actually the right sort of size for me. Making them may have to wait until I have the money to buy the busks (solid front piece which, one later corsets, opens) and until I have a sewing machine again. I would like to make one of them, at least, out of some beautiful silk I have at home. I think I still have a piece of shot black and blue grey dupioni somewhere.

I'm sure I've forgotten various things, but, as this is turning into a bit of a monster update, it can wait.
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College is going all right, although the lack of one of our teachers doesn't help. She's not around and noone seems to know why. Even the technicians haven't been told! I hope she's okay..

Other news: I got a job! It's only a Saturday job but then again, that's pretty much exactly what I wanted. It's at a framing shop just aroudn the corner (literally) from my flat. They phoned me last week after I had an interview saying I hadn't got it, but then they phoned me today and asked if I was still interested. Woo!

Continuing my theme of only updating when I have work to show, here are some spoons. Yes, I'm going a bit spoon mad, but they're great fun to make!

spoons! )

If anyone wants I'll make you one for £25, though it would obviously not be identical to the ones pictured.
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So, lately I've not had a lot to do at college. We had a "reading week" that was a bit of a joke, since we didn't have any reading to do. The workshops were, however, open as usual, so I went in a couple of days and played around with some stuff. I've only got photos of one of the things, though; a forged copper spoon. I'll take photos when the things are finished (a silver ring and two silver spoons).

Spoon! )

We've been given our new project, which is based on the RT blanking system (google it) which means you can cut several pieces out of sheet that are identical more easily than cutting them out individually. We also get to colour them by anodising them, which is going to be interesting I think. So, that's all good.


Also, for anyone who is into any of Jhonen Vasquez's work, there is video footage of him speaking at Comic Con. Go to google video and search for Jhonen and the three sections come up.

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