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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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Send in the brass

It’s been a long time since I’ve had full days to spend in the studio, so today was A-amazing.

Part of the reason for this is due to the fact that I started sawing some brass and everything turned out better than I expected (especially after such a long break). I still have to drill holes in these bad boys to string them up on chains, but here’s what we have so far.

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A little prairie homage – here’s some grain elevator/barn action.

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And to fill the endless skies overhead? I imagine my friend Rachel flying a de Havilland Twin Otter from her bush pilot job in Watson Lake to visit me in Hamilton!

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This is also the plane I took into Ivvavik National Park in 2010. I think I’ve documented my hatred of flying pretty thoroughly on this website, but I will confess to a crush on this mini-passenger plane. It was quite the thrill to fly in and beautiful to stare at.

I’m going to try to post Sean’s rudimentary instructions for my jeweller’s bench tomorrow because it performed perfectly today and if you can put one together yourself, I suggest it. It’ll save you money and its portability means you don’t have to devote a huge chunk of space to it – you can lean it against the wall at the end of every night, which has the added bonus of ensuring you clean up after yourself at the end of the day!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to practice what I preach and start doing just that.



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