Gone camping

Oh hai. I got a few of my necklaces up on chains. The prairie scene didn’t work out so well because I punched the holes too low and the thing just flips upside down if it moves away from your chest at all.

The Otter though, it worked out well.

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And then the one I worked on yesterday…oh man. This was my first attempt at sweat soldering with my new torch and it was. Not. Good. None of the solder would flow and I fired flame at that thing for about a half hour. Finally I got Sean to take a look and give me some of his soldering insight and it turns out I had dirtied the pieces up too much for the solder to stick.

We cleaned them a bit and the pieces joined and voila! A camping badge! Sawn from brass and hung on brass chain.

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Ready for the (hopefully) fun part? The tent is surely stuck on the backplate, but there are two spots at the base of the triangle where the solder didn’t flow completely. So while you may not be able to tell that the pieces aren’t fused as fully at the bottom as they are at the top, I can. And I feel weird selling it when it’s not 100% what I wanted it to be (note that this does not mean it’s defective and ready to fall apart – it’s solid). So I’m giving it away!

Leave a note in the comments and tell me what/where/why your fave provincial or national park is. That should be a nice thing to think about if it’s sleeting where you are the way it is where I am. You have until Saturday night. On Sunday morning, I’ll draw names from those who’ve spoken up and the winner gets the necklace. Deal?

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  1. February 27, 2013 - Reply

    My favorite national park (I think it’s a national one) is Basant Park in Saskatchewan. Because I grew up swimming in the gross dugout, and catching crayfish.

  2. Jane
    February 27, 2013 - Reply

    First – that necklace is fucking awesome.
    Second – when you draw names, please don’t use one of Sean’s favourite mugs.

    • amykenny
      February 27, 2013

      Haha I was thinking about that. Maybe we will draw from his favourite mug, blindfolded, on the peak of the 4th floor of the bike shop. Hopping on one leg.

  3. Chloe
    February 28, 2013 - Reply

    Pistolet Bay Provincial park in Newfoundland. I camped all around the province and while it is hard to pick just one, Pistolet Bay had amazing, creepy beautiful moss hanging from all the trees and I almost walked smack into a moose on my way back from the ‘comfort station’.

    (Also I promise I’m going to buy the ‘deearings’ soon! The last couple months have been a little crazy moolah-wise but I’ve got my tax return a-comin’ 😉 )

    • amykenny
      February 28, 2013

      Haha no worries, shoot me an email first and I will post them with a reserve for you! PS – jealous of your Newfoundland trek!

  4. COR!
    February 28, 2013 - Reply

    How to decide on one? Algonquin in Ont of course but also Pacific Rim in BC. How do you compare?
    Love the necklace!

  5. February 28, 2013 - Reply

    I’m ridiculously attached to Marten River Provincial Park in Ontario. It’s not as spectacular as other parks, but I spent almost every summer of my childhood there. I’m always drawn to return there, because the landscape is so familiar to me and it always feels like I’m coming home. I like approaching it on the highway after a long absence and being able to remember all the waterways and hills and rocks. I love to explore new places, but I also think it’s valuable to see how much or how little things have changed in familiar changed.

  6. February 28, 2013 - Reply

    It’s so hard to pick just one park, but I think Long Point Provincial Park is my favourite. I have the best memories of camping there.

  7. Katrina
    February 28, 2013 - Reply

    My favourite national park is Yoho National Park in BC. My friends and I did a 12 hour hike at Lake O’Hara and while at the time I thought it was the most terrible and tiring thing ever, it was gorgeous and I had the best time with my pals pushing me along!

    My favourite provincial park is Algonquin in Ontario. I drove through it every summer to my cottage with my family, and have the fondest memories of seeing wildlife and stopping for breaks along the drive.

    The necklace is amazing!!!!

    • amykenny
      February 28, 2013

      Aw thanks!

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