I wanted to let you know how I was doing, since I have been too busy
to post on Ganoksin for the past several months.
My craft shed electrification project is almost done. I’ve spent
nearly $800 on materials, and $100 on pizza and steaks for my trench
digging crew, of which I was part. We managed to dig 70 feet a foot
wide and nearly two feet down in just 7 days!!!
If you are curious to know how I got the money: I had saved up two
birthdays and one Christmas’s worth of cash presents from my extended
family. I also sold nearly my entire ham radio station as well. I had
to hold my money EXTREMELY close and resist the temptation from using
ANY of it for jewelry supplies.
I am determined to run a 220 volts, 40 amps line through underground
conduit from the main breaker at my house, which will be split at the
load center into a pair of 117 volt 20 amp breakers. I will run one
breaker into my existing lighting and outlet connections through a
GFCI outlet, and I will run the other breaker into a dedicated GFCI
outlet for a single high current device.
This way, I’ll have a “stiffer”, permanent connection for all my
normal electrical needs, and now I’ll also be able to use my Paragon
kiln, my used electric melter, extra space heaters during winter, or
a surplus window A/C unit during summer, depending on what I want.
During this same summer, I’ve put up a garden fence and gate to keep
my wife’s new dog out of my wife’s new garden, and I had been asked
to build a rabbit hutch.
My skill level and confidence definitely increased by the time I
stopped before Mother’s Day this year. Since starting this I very
slowly (12 hours per week) have made now about a dozen pairs of
forged fine silver cross earrings done, a single 28 inch fine silver
fused link chain, a mixed media pendant with silver frame, and a
solid silver heart pendant fused from strip construction based on a
paper model my daughter brought home from school.
I start with Northern Idaho Sunshine Mine 1 ounce fine silver rounds
and use a rolling mill to make wire for the chain and sheet for
frames and strips.
My wife was THRILLED to see the pendant, and hung it off of that
chain I made her the previous year.
I also dropped a pair of forged earrings into the collection plate on
at least two occasions this summer.
I’m very much looking forward to making glazed porcelain links to
combine the silver links with, learning the very basics of enameling,
and making fused glass beads.
It should be very nice. I’m looking very much forward to now having
the time to make Christmas and birthday presents for everyone in
gratitude for thier help.
My appointment for rough-in inspection is Wednesday, and between
tomorrow and Tuesday I think I’ll have the time to have nearly
everything fully assembled now that the trench is more or less
completely clear of debris at the bottom.
If all goes well, I’ll fill in the trench and I will have final
inspection the following week.
So far, on Slimfast diet plus 9 miles of racewalking per week plus
occasional upper body cardio workouts relating to the trench, I have
now lost 53 pounds since the past Thanksgiving. I am now 232 pounds,
and can hardly wait to see myself in Metric Onderland (100kg or
I should be completely back in action, in about another month.
I am still so very grateful for everyone’s donations previously. But
I’m running out of some things and making it possible to engage in
this activity more often has taken a major toll on my room to
manuever to take my crafting to the next level.
I want to make another worldwide appeal for studio sweepings again…
but this time more targeted:
I’m almost out of abrasive wheels, barrels, and drums to fit on
Dremel/Foredom mandrells. Even used grit for tumbling would be okay.
If anyone has a loose Mizzy or Silicone Softie or Cratex lying on
the floor somewhere, could I please have it?
As I said, I want to play with making class beads using my kiln.
I’ll be happy for any COE-90 glass fragments which are the wrong
size, shape, or color and are useless to you.
Thanks for listening,
Andrew Jonathan Fine