Favorite tips: The sacrifices we make

I would like to commend Rene Roberts for sharing the multitude
of tortures involve in making jewelry. It is a wonder you can
still fit in front of your bench. I loved reading what you put
yourself through all in the name of crafts person ship: You
force yourself to consume 2-3 cartons of chocolate Haagen Dazs
ice cream a week (in order to save the lids and cartons for tool
storage) which you wash down with a bottle or two of Coke or
Pepsi (in order to save the flats for metal storage). Since at
that point you obviously feel a bit whoosey, you check your
tongue (with the tongue depressors you use as mixers). Then of
course, you run to the bath room and fill up a couple of those
specimen containers that are lying around (waiting to hold your
small parts). The incredibe thing is that after all that you
still feel like shooting a roll of Fuji film of yourself in the
mirror (just to collect the cannisters for more storage and to
make into sifters).

The things we do for our art! Bravo!

Alan Revere
Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
San Francisco

The things we do for our art! Bravo!

Would it be fair to guess, Alan, that perhaps you’d rather NOT
hear about all the uses I’ve found for used insuln syringes and
empty insulin bottles? (ouch)


Alan, After 3 hard days cleaning and setting up for our club
show, and three days of volunteering at various duties during the
show, walking security, selling grab bags, photographing the show
each of three days, and several hours tonight of cleaning up,
stripping tables, saving the skirting, folding chairs and tables,
etc, I came home bone tired and aching. Had a glass of wine, and
came on up to catch up on messages.

The specimen jars and the film cannister to put your small thing
in, I laughed so hard, I don’t know where the tired begins and
the pain ends.

Thank you for a great end to a very long week.


Lest you all think I do nothing but collect weird containers, I
have to redeem myself and share a really nifty gadget I just
learned about today. It is a Japanese tool used somehow in
bookmaking (purchased in a Bay Area store which specializes in
paper and bookmaking), and consists of a VERY sharp tiny steel
tube (the ID looked to be the equivalent of about 18 ga wire)
attached to a bamboo holder. It is used to punch neat tiny holes
in paper. Simply placed the tube on the paper and gently rotate.
There is an enlarged hole on the side of the tube that all the
paper “dots” eventually fall out of. This little tool was a joy
to play with. What a friend uses it for is to make clean holes
in earring cards. They are the perfect size for earwires. The
metal use that also comes to mind ismaking perforated pieces of
leaf or foil for kum boo, or even using the gold dots that
eventually fall out of the tube for some purpose.

Of course, one must have some kind of container to put all those dots into=
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Rene Roberts

gosh, i thought i was the only one to save plastic lids from ice
cream… those things work out so well…to suffer the ice
cream is one more thing i do for my craft.

i’ve been storing current work in progress on chinet paper
plates, sliding them into zip lock baggies, so that the work and
pieces will still be there dispite cats and a rhodesian
ridgeback hound. the wire work i do can be stacked and ready
for the next step.

the type of chemo i use leaves me with lots of small bottles,
with rubber stoppers, anyone want any, say the word. i don’t
know what to do with them, i have covered some in silver wire
crochet and bead work, but there is a limit to how many of those
suckers i want…but they are too good to throw away! email
me if anyone wants some.

i’ll be offline shortly, the cancer stuff came back in the other
lung this time, and the surgeon is trying for the 3rd or 4th
week of may providing i pass the pulmonary function test
thursday…keep fingers crossed… pat