I know I haven't posted here in a few days, so this it s catch-up post.
I've got the garnets and the amethysts into the Confetti Rings, and have laid out where the other stones go. This was made a bit trickier since I seem to have forgotten how to count up to 20 or so! I'm blaming the heat. :) Anyway, one of the rings was supposed to have 17 stones; ended up having 18 spots for stones (I'm pretty sure), but on Thursday when I was laying out the stones it seemed at that point to have reverted to 17. Argh! Today, however, it has 18 holes again, and I am proceeding on the assumption that today's careful and repeated counting is correct. I hope I'm right to do so!
So I don't sound so much like a complete idiot, I'll add that it's rather hard to keep track of where one has started when looking at little dots that amble around a ring. Still, it's disconcerting to come up with 2 different numbers several times!
I've also been working on a commission piece that's quite straightforward... except that it is exceedingly long, and thus otherwise basic soldering operations become pretty tricky.
And on Thursday my 10-year-old crock-pot/pickle-pot died. We got a new one for $20 yesterday at Target, and it's another nice oval one- and this one has a "warm" setting, which is perfect for pickle! So I got that set up today. I was a bit surprised when I opened the package to see that I had apparently purchased a pregnant crock-pot, which contained an adorable baby crock-pot inside it. Although the infant would be excellent for keeping liver of sulfur warm over time, I don't do patination often and extensively enough to make that a sensible use; I'm very happy with my pyrex/microwave combo for that. So I think I'll keep the baby crock for food-type uses. And then try to think of some. :)