This kind of weed is legal

I put this necklace off for ages because it seemed like a whole lotta work.

I was right (so many edges and points and corners!), but I’m glad I finally did it because while it was tough going, it ended in far less frustration than I had expected.

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A little stalk of fireweed for your neck. Well…not for your neck. Not this particular one anyway. This one sold at Halifax Crafters (to the same lad-ay who bought my Twin Otter necklace! I’m pretty psyched these two pieces will get to sit beside each other in her jewellery box), but I’ll make more.

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Hand-sawn brass hung on more brass.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a dog walk to enjoy before I hit to the nines at White Elephant tonight. I need a dress for the Hamilton Arts Awards, where I’m nominated as the emerging writer alongside established Hamilton poet (musician, composer, educator, and on and on and on…) Gary Barwin.

I don’t want to count chickens out of school, but I THINK WE’RE GOING TO WIN.

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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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