Archive for October 28th, 2004

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ring, making of

October 28, 2004


This is a picture of the ring at the end of Wednesday, I completed the soldering process and spent around 2 hours filing and rounding the ring. The final steps in the process will be polishing, adding liver of sulphur to the sunken parts, then additional polishing and final touches. This has been by far my favorite jewelry process and I feel like I have learned a lot not only about fabrication but about how I would have done parts of the design differently. Posted by Hello

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ring, making of

October 28, 2004


This is what my ring looked like at the beginning of class on Wednesday. I have completed the sawing of the metal pieces and filing, then sweat soldered them unto the band, then shaped the band and the process I am doing at this step is soldering the ends together. If you look closely at the joint you should notice the small pieces of solder on it. The charcoal block it is resting on is what you use when you solder, it helps absorb copper released during the heating process and keep firescale from building up. Though I should also note that the ring is not actually red with heat, that is firescale already built up from previous parts of the process. Posted by Hello

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java jolt successful

October 28, 2004

Coffee worked this morning, although note to self in future, nalgene = really bad coffee storage container (especially if it smells funny to begin with).

Also just scooping 3 large tablespoons of sugar into mixture w/o tasting is also a bad idea.

Exam update: survived, grade prognosis scraping by with an A– if lucky B if not, but hey I could surprise myself and get a C, don’t really know

Tiredness update: I have basically been feeling wide awake ever since I actually tried to sleep at 4:30am last night, with the brief exception of 7:30-7:50am (pre-coffee time). You know caffeine is a pretty impressive drug, why did I not discover it earlier in college? and yes Meryl I know it is horrible for me.

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queries from the hub

October 28, 2004

So its wednesday
So that means late night posts from the hub
So that means 8am exam tomorow morning in Environmental History
So that does that sound ridiculously familar?

I was gonna post yesterday, but I wanted to get to sleep. So no post for Tuesday.
In Jewelry today, I took pictures of my ring and will post them when I get back to my room or tomorrow. Progress is going really well and I am in the fun part of actually polishing it.

I really hate 8am classes. I have decided that after college I will not accept any job that starts before 9am, so maybe I should look for a job in Europe, I think they have a better idea of work there.

Although on the other hand, it would be nice to have a lifestyl that got me to bed at 10, so that waking up at 7 was refreashing instead of brutal and cruel.

I have recently discovered the miracle of coffee and no I am not getting addicted, just learning that it can indeed make the difference between falling asleep in class or staying awake. Although I shouldn’t talk too much, considering I still haven’t ever made it for myself or drink it with less than 2 sugars and creams in it.

Monday mornings are also interesting in that Meryl and I work together for around 3 hours double checking data entries. Among the many lessons I have learned during this time include that for some people the word counsultant can be seen as consy hant or the word schedule can be seen as sonduly. Also according to Meryl I get a pretty bad case of ADD whenever I am sleep deprived, who woulda guessed it?

I think the low point of the week has been hearing more news about the declining health of my Pappy. His mental sharpness is declining rapidly along with his physical health. The family is preparing to deal with his death in the next little while. This is really hard for me to hear, although I think the large part of that is watching my parents deal with it and thinking toward the future and how I will most likely have to deal with my own parent’s mortality at some point. Which I am definitly not ready to even consider! Also it is so sad to see Pappy fading in this way, while I don’t have memories of him being hugely physically agile, his mental quickness and agility was always there. Always talking, telling stories, jokes, and his amazing bark of a laugh. I also have a lot of fear for how Grammy will deal with it all.

Well I am sitting here and the hour is aproaching 1:30am and we have yet to recieve one of the feature articles! But back to work or at least attempting something….