A different kind of project

If you’ve been stalking me elsewhere, this won’t be news, but all of my project time for the last month or so has gone into getting Artisan’s Asylum up and running. I predict this will remain the case for the near future, too.

I did the design for the website (CSS, OMG you seem so simple at first BUT NO) – which got me toying with the idea of creating actual entire themes for my own blogs, but . . . well, why? – have helped out with space planning (Revit, whee!), and even committed Art in the name of painting the walls.

I should upload a picture of that.

Anyway. It has consumed most of my available thinking and doing stuff time. And it has been fun! And it will be even more awesome when all the preliminary setup is done! But I would like to get back to those abandoned piles of lovely stone beads, and my order of wire from McMaster.

And the garden. Oh dear, the garden. It’s looking a bit jungle-like out there, and the tomatoes need supports built.

And because I have nothing else going on in July (HA. HA.), I signed up for a clothing making class – Form-Fitting Clothing Design – so that will be fun! I’ve been looking for an excuse to make a dress dummy for some time. And get shirts that fit me right!

Wire wrapping feathers at Instructables

I figured out how to make the Instructables process less painful: I discovered and set up the automagic import-pictures-from-Flickr thing. That was nice!

So: Method 1

And: Method 2

Check those out if you would rather read them there (or download them as PDFs!) than in my really long post.

Also – very exciting! – they are currently “Featured” projects on Instructables’ front page.

I’ve thought about trying to videotape the process, too. As if I have the time to mess around with that; I just know I’d get sucked into all sorts of fancy video-editing things, but it might make things more understandable than flipping back and forth between pictures and text.

A bunch of links about tools

Lindstrom’s home page. They make a variety of high-end pliers and cutters, and have info online about their products.

Swanstrom’s home page. They also make a variety of high-end pliers and cutters, and have somewhat less helpful info about their products (organization of some of it leaves much to be desired.)

JewelryMakingGuide.com: article about super-flush cutters.

artjewelrymag Forum discussion about flush cutters.

From JewelryLessons.com: q&a about pliers.

Jewelry Pliers and Wire Wrapping Supplies: Basic Tools You Need…And Don’t Need – a useful list!

Another list of tools and resources.

Choosing the right pliers for the job.

Description of mandrel-tip pliers.

Advice about buying beads online.