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October 25th, 2009

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10:11 pm
I had an excellent day in the studio yesterday, though today was a bit meh. I did some work on some commissions, tweaked the fit of the fianl scent locket (so all it needs now is the finishing), etc.

I also unpacked my Rio order (NOT including the rolling mill!). I now have nicer boxes for fancy pendants, plus some nice but less-expensive boxes suitable for, say, 2+ Trinket Rings.

Also: the wherewithal to try out the new bronze PMC stuff- meaning a small package of it, plus a stainless steel covered box for firing it, plus 5 pounds each of 2 kinds of treated charcoal with which the vessel is filled- and the fork to get the box into and out of the kiln.

The fork came separately, since it's long and bulky. UPS did a fine job of mauling it, too, though J was able to put it back into shape. But when I was unpacking it, it seemed like there was something else in the box. Weird! So I opened the whole thing up- not that hard, since UPS had done at least half of that work for me- and lo! there was in it a totally random t-shirt. It is pink, with a cute cartoon of a tail-wagging dog on the from, labeled something like "Instant message"- it's not a Rio t-shirt or anything.

I am baffled by the shirt.

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Date:October 26th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
Have you tried other kinds of PMC?
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Date:October 26th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
I've done some work with silver PMC, and learned that I really, REALLY do not think in clay! Still, it saved one particular commission for me- I could make something in it that would have been far more difficult to do any other way- and I find it intriguing. I'm partcularly interested in the bronze, since it's reported to be a true, ancient-type bronze of copper alloyed with TIN, not zinc like the modern bronzes have.
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Date:October 26th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)

Which one did you get? This is currently occupying the top spot on my wish list. I'm thinking perhaps for my birthday this year, I'll take the plunge...
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Date:October 26th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I am getting the Durston 158mm double combination rolling mill! It is absolutely the MOST FABULOUS rolling mill I have ever heard tell of! I just hope that the shipping freight company doesn't do it any harm on its trip- which they better not, coninsidering how much that trip is costing me! *worries*

However: I have had and used one of the very inexpensive, Indain or Pakistani, rolling mills for probably 15 years now, and it has done me just fine. It's got a 4:1 gear reduction ration, and you can change the rollers (though I haven't; I keep the flat ones on), and while the machining isn't perfect, it's held up to some abuse I have inflicted and still does a fine job. The main problem I'm having with it right now it that it doesn't open far enough for some of the things I want to roll out. But it's a fine peice of equipment (though I understand some aren't and if you get unlucky, return it and try again), and well worth the $200 I paid; I think they're around $300 now.

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