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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Oblique Strategies on: May 29, 2004 10:28:59 PM
I discovered Brian Eno about two years ago through a Lester Bangs interview and have been a big Eno fan ever since.  Shortly thereafter, I became fascinated by the Oblique Strategies, which is a deck of simple cards with enigmatic prompts on them like "Water" and "Shortcut: A man trying to increase his virility by shoveling peas straight into his lap."  I made my own deck by cutting up sheets of cardstock and writing out all of the strategies by hand.  It was fun and I still use that deck.

Last November, it struck me that homemade Oblique Strategies decks would make wonderful Christmas gifts for four very dear friends I met over the past year.  At first, I was going to do all four decks by hand but that soon became impractical in light of the Christmas deadline and upcoming finals.  Instead, I made a word document, culled the 120 best cards from all editions of the deck, and formatted it for easy cutting.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the printed decks.  However, I uploaded the document file I used.  It is in an unusual font so it may not show up well on many computers.  http://home.ripway.com/2004-1/50863/ObliqueStrategies4.doc

Pretty cards were only half of the work.  The decks had to have equally elegant boxes to go in.  After finals, I finally made a trip to Micheals and got four little trinket boxes, primer and glossy black spray paint.  While I was doing the actual painting, I covered the metal parts with rubber cement.  In hindsight, that just made things more difficult and I shouldn't have bothered with covering them because they would have come out fine anyway.  And here is a finished box.



The boxes made it to their destinations in time to still be considered New Years gifts.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Glitter Bottle on: February 21, 2004 06:03:58 PM
This is a glitter bottle based on a craft I made in kindergarten that used crayon shavings and crappy plastic bottles instead of good glitter and glass bottles.  I made this thing over four years ago and it has entertained me with sparkly goodness ever since.  It's very simple and takes only a few minutes to make.

http://home.ripway.com/2004-1/50863/GlitterBottleAtRest.JPG
http://home.ripway.com/2004-1/50863/GlitterBottleInAction.JPG

I took a lovely blue glass bottle and sterilized it by rinsing it in hot water.  Then I funneled a few teaspoons of silver glitter into the bottle and filled it with more boiling water, corked it, and let it cool off.  

I did the same thing with a Snapple Elements bottle that I fell in love with.  But, I filled it with larger multicolored sequins in assorted shapes.  When I poured the boiling water in, the sequins tainted the water pink.  I have since lost the bottle, sadly.  
<-- This isn't the actual bottle I made, but damn, I love the lines on the thing.
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