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Gem Stone Gremlin Offense


#1

We are all aware of those invisible gremlins that hang out at the
bottom of our benches. You are aware of the guys that I’m speaking
about… those gremlins that covet the small items dropped when
working at the bench. Those items that should be easy to find on the
floor but aren’t there when you start to search… Well, for those
that were not aware, the gem stones, etc. disappear because the Gem
Stone Gremlins (GSG) dart out form their dens or lairs, take the
stone or small piece and rush back to their hiding places. That’s why
you cant find the stones!!

Now we can go on the attack!.. Take a Left or Right …depending
on if you are left or right handed… ‘hoe’ ( Well, what do you call
one leg of a ladies panty hose???) place it over the end of a vacuum
cleaner hose and go after them!!! The stones, or items will
be sucked to the hose but not into the vacuum cleaner… and can be
easily picked off of the end … the ‘hoe’ keeps them from going into
the vacuum cleaner bag!!!

Gremlin Fighter in Tampa Bay
JimC


#2

Hi Jim, thank you for proving once again that “simplicity is the
essence of perfection”. What a great suggestion about the vac’ and
panty hose. Your post reminded me of another strange phenomenon that
occurs regularly on my jewellery bench. Have you ever put something
down on your bench (a file, tweezers, or a ring piece that you’re
working on) and when you go to pick it up again - it’s gone! Vanished
into thin air! It’s happened so many times that I’ve been forced to
develop a new physics/metaphysics to explain the phenomenon.

I call it The Revenge of the Inanimate Object (TRIO). I suspect Trio
occurs because of a profound animosity between the living and
non-living. Inanimate objects have a secret life that “passeth all
understanding”. It’s not just the objects on my bench either. What
about coat hangers? Or socks that start out happily paired but
suddenly and inexplicably become single? Perhaps it’s just your
gremlins throwing Harry Potter-type invisible cloaks over my tools…
but then again, it could be far more sinister than we realise.

Who knows what will turn up tangled in the panty hose and vacuum
cleaner. Kind regards, Rex.


#3
    I call it The Revenge of the Inanimate Object (TRIO). I
suspect Trio occurs because of a profound animosity between the
living and non-living. Inanimate objects have a secret life that
"passeth all understanding". It's not just the objects on my bench
either. What about coat hangers? Or socks that start out happily
paired but suddenly and inexplicably become single? 

Late last year I made a picture ( from metals) of " the goddess of
odd socks", but I don’t know about coat hangers, or, for that
matter, files and things on my bench…


#4
I call it The Revenge of the Inanimate Object (TRIO). I suspect
Trio occurs because of a profound animosity between the living and
non-living. Inanimate objects have a secret life that "passeth all
understanding". It's not just the objects on my bench either. What
about coat hangers? Or socks that start out happily paired but
suddenly and inexplicably become single? 

Oh, I can answer this one (my father called this “the innate
perversity of inanimate objects”, which covers other things too,
like bezels that melt, or solder that doesn’t). I concluded long ago
that socks morph into coathangers. Think about it-- socks always
disappear, hangers proliferate… hmmmmm?

–Noel


#5

When items mysteriously disappear in my studio, I believe that they
go into the Fourth Dimension. While they are there, they are simply
invisible to our everyday, three-dimensional world, and cannot be
found by us. Do not blame yourself for not immediately finding
something that is in such a state, because it is simply not available
to be found! Once they pop back into the three-dimensional world,
they can be located either right where we left them (!), or else in
some crack, nook, or cranny, where they have rolled, fallen, or been
accidentally shoved. Until they choose to pop back into 3-D, however,
they are lost to us. Considerable effort spent searching, plus
sometimes a short waiting period, seems to help them pop back. I
think that when objects find themselves in little cracks and nooks,
they are very tempted to go into the 4-D state, so we should do all
we can to keep them out of such spaces, by eliminating cracks and
crannies in our workplaces, and keeping a very watchful eye on small
items. Since they have willfully done this, giving them a gentle
reprimand when you find them would not be out of order. – M’lou
Brubaker, Jeweler Goodland, MN www.craftswomen.com