October 25th, 2009
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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Have you tried other kinds of PMC?
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.
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...
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.