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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Season Is Coming To A Close on: October 25, 2011 11:46:05 AM
These last few months back online have really kept me busy.. which is a good thing.. But because of the colder weather.. I'm unable to work outside to craft or saw on my staves or wands.. typically I would remove the bark from the wood leaving just the fleshy green part to cure for about one months time.. But because I got a late start this year.. I'll have to let the wands and staves sit until next spring.

 But till then, Here is just a few of the commissioned and non-commissioned staves and wands I'm currently working on.

Image Above: (Necromancers Wand Of Conjuring) This wand started out as a staff.. but after looking at the head piece.. I decided to change my mind. I'm planing on creating a "Crystal Bridge" at the head of the wand (top of screen) consisting of two crystal clusters with one double terminated crystal wand.
 
Image Above: Here I was working on removing the bark.. But it started to rain..
 
Image Above: Found this one walking home yesterday.. Something just told me it wasn't to late to save this one.. and after I took one look at it I knew what i was going to call it: "Horns Of The Buffalo" (A Medicine Man's Wand)

I can't wait to get motivated on this one.. Till Next spring.. Things will have to cure.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is this called? on: October 07, 2011 03:50:36 PM
I believe it would fit into the "oragomie" category as seen here:

http://dev.origami.com/diagram.cfm

As for contacting any artisan.. true.. most do not wish to relieve to much about their craft or nothing about their craft or hobby in fear of competition..
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Up To Date.. on: October 05, 2011 05:11:15 PM
Boy.. It has been a long time.. Been off line for more then my share of months.. So many things have happen to me and my family.. Mother passed, wife nearly lost her job then was hired back.. (talk about luck).

But anyway, I'm here on several accounts..

1) Because of my mothers passing, I have been more creative. I guess deep inside I need to continue to honor her passing.. After all she was the one that taught me nearly everything. About life, love nature etc.. and yes many of you may already know.. I once was able to sew and did so for my wife's wedding dress..

2) I've return to my craft with as much vim and vigor as possible.. which is hard these days due to my hands, arms and back issues.. However not all is lost.. I've once again found a web site to display my multiple of talents and blurts..

3) Great news for anyone wanting to acquire slightly used silk screens. Because my wife's company is restructuring.. they are giving me 70+ silk screens. As early as tomorrow evening I'll start getting the first of many shipments of these screens and will post image and sized of these screens.. Note: You've got to love these screens.. the frames alone are very sturdy..

So I guess at this point I should add a pic of something I'm working on..


Image above shows that I've very busy with a few commissioned staves and wands.. while removing the bark from green limb is required.. poor arms..

Otherwise, If your interested in the silk screens or just the frames.. I'll keep you posted or (PM) me for updates and maybe we can swap out, barter or trade for some needy crafting supplies for me. Man I need to get caught up..

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Featured Knitting Projects - November 2010 on: November 01, 2010 03:17:03 PM
Very Clever. Wizard Approves
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bit Of A Happy, Then Sad Story.. on: March 12, 2010 05:40:49 PM
Although I've been away for about 1 year. I have been diligently working on hand cutting my own Citrine. The project went very well. However I didn't cool the stones enough and it developed a hair line fracture. Working though this issue I completed the stone (Large emerald cut) and sought someone to polish it. Turning to an old stand by. Gem Mountain, Spruce Pine North Carolina. They reluctantly agreed to polish the stone I cut. Dropping the stone off around Thanksgiving 2009 I asked if I could pick it up just before Xmas.. They agreed..

Xmas came and I received and email explaining that the Citrine was completed and I could pick it up when I asked. However I told my wife (and she knew I was getting the Citrine Polished) that there was a delay in the polishing and we may not be able to get the stone to next year (Jan 2010) Yet there was another issue.. We had just adopted two families for Xmas 2009 and donated and received donations from sponsors for the dinner tree and gifts. So money was tight.

But all good things come to those who wait.. I was asked to goto the store Xmas eve for some more bake goods.. and this gave me a perfect chance to swing by Gem Mountain. Arriving at the shop, I asked if I could see the Citrine.. But I was unable to pay for it.. The Gemologist simply looked at me and said Mary Xmas.. and gave me the Citrine. It was set in a silver ring and I was stunned and how well my workmanship polished up. yet I noticed the hair line fracture.. and wondered. I nearly came to tears.. and I was able to surprise my wife on xmas day with a ring she thought she would get till the new year.

Arriving back at the home stead.. I just could keep this from my wife.. while she looked away.. I place the gift wrapped ring case on the counter.. She turned and caught me.. we both cried.. needless to say.. she was very happy and when I told her the gemologist simply gave it to me and waved the rest of the payments.. well.. you know we cried some more..

After returning home, My wife never took the ring off.. But one day two weeks later she called me in tears.. "The stone fell out and broke into" I explain Its not her fault.. I knew that it was just a matter of time before the hair line gave way. this was my first attempt at cutting a mineral in this manor.. and I've learn allot and come along way. I now have a home made Drip system set up over my Dremel bit to cool the cutting.. video can be seen here (Home Made Drip System) Although I haven't been cutting or had the desire to cut.. my wife was talking the other day about getting me a tile saw.. cheaper then a slab saw.. and would serve it's purpose.

Soon I'll post some images of the tile saw and some of the cuttings I've made.. But in the mean time..
 
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Foggy Trip Down The Blue Ridge Parkway 2009 on: December 18, 2009 12:35:46 PM
Thanks So Much. However, This is not the original. Just wanted to clarify that the image your seeing is an edited version of the original. If I could get this type of image out of my Kodak M1093 camera I would have.. So editing seem the next best option. I would prefer the darken image seen above over the Image originally taken on the Parkway.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Foggy Trip Down The Blue Ridge Parkway 2009 on: December 18, 2009 06:26:24 AM
"Foggy Morning On The Blue Ridge Parkway"
Image By Our Gorman aka "Wizard"
Edited Via http://Picnik.com
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / A Few New Items For Xmas on: December 18, 2009 06:04:21 AM
Wife & I have been working diligently on a few new items as xmas gift this year. One in particular is the fact that one of My wife's nieces asked if my wife could make "Cell Phone Charms" thus completed:


Also My wife surprised me with an early xmas gift:


This Anodized Stainless Steel Bracelet has been fading and now looks very weathered and rustic.

For more ideas: http://SistersOfTheStone.blogspot.com

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: can you teach me this? on: December 18, 2009 05:54:50 AM
Interesting..

First It appears to be a hammered strand of sterling silver wire.. Curved then bent back on it's self. The taking plastic or crystal beads with hole just through the tops allowing the beads to dangle. simple wire wrap the beads around the main bracelet.

This book: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280842.0 can offer many great suggestions and techniques on your project.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to buy a rotary tool (dremel) but I have a few questions. on: December 18, 2009 05:00:42 AM
The "one touch" operation would be a nice option. Dremel has introduced the cordless screw driver which is based on the one touch option.

Here is what Helped me and My efforts in crafting many of the stones I or we use in our work. I set the dremel (100 Series Rotary Tool) in the Drill press. Then attached the flex shaft to extend the workable area and not hold the dremel itself.

This allows for more freedom and movement when crafting. Yet the dremel is always one when in use and one much turn it off when not in use etc. I believe what is needed here is the one touch or a clutching system in which one can touch a button use the tool and if the tool is dropped the tool or bit shuts off.

I'm with the Dremel Forums and will suggest this as well. But would be nice if you register with the forum as well and thus keep up to date on all tools. (http://messageboard.dremel.com/)

Moving to your question, Depends on what type of work your planning on doing with the dremel. I Use the dremel for cutting stone and crafting jewelry As indicated here. (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=311724.msg3581513#msg3581513) Unless your attempting small jobs and can use the battery Operated dremel I would stay with the full power or corded dremel.
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