What do cufflinks & a log have to do with each other? Nothing, except they’re both recently related to my mosaics. 🙂
However – I really missed making those little jewels and decided to add a few pairs of cufflinks to the shop. I did a mix of regular and micro-mosaic styles. I definitely see my jewelry style moving more and more towards micro-mosaic. It is really fun working with such tiny pieces and I love the extra connection that I get by pulling my own glass in a flame and making murrini. Pics of all the new cufflinks are below.
Now, about that log…
We’ve all had those special things that thrill us to no end yet causes others to shake their heads in bewilderment. The acquisition of a log was one of those things for me this fall.
One of the tool sets in mosaic that many people use is called the hammer and hardie. It is a traditional tool set that has been used since ancient times. The hardie looks a bit like a chisel and needs to be placed into something (usually a piece of wood) in order to use it. Once the hardie is installed, you then put the bit of glass or stone on top of it and give it a tap with the hammer to break your material.
My hardie currently rests in a piece of wood that is great to work at while sitting. But, I’ve begun working more and more while standing and needed something taller. This put me on the hunt for a log just the right height to make a standing hardie.
One lucky afternoon the perfect log was found after I combed through a downed pile. It was slated to be tossed in a bonfire and had in-fact been partially burnt already. I pulled it out, cut it to the right length and dragged it home. It had to be de-barked and still needs some sanding after it dries a little more, but soon I’ll be standing and chopping away!
It even has a cute little knob on the side that makes for a perfect place to grab while moving it around. I was so tickled by finally finding the right log and rescuing it from just being burnt up. The internal wood is really quite beautiful and it is nice to be able to give it another life as one of my tools.
Members of my household did indeed give me a bit of a head-shake about the log, especially as I was working hard to de-bark it! But even though my extreme level of enthusiasm was not shared, they were able to appreciate how happy this acquisition made me.
Enough blogging for today – below are pics of all the new cufflinks, they make great holiday gifts (hint, hint 😀 ) and all are available for purchase in our shop by clicking here.