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For the Roses

Friday, March 30, 2012

I obeyed my planned menu for the day completely and without deviation, yesterday. And my Foreman-grilled chicken was yummy, to boot.
I did not exercise. I needed to work on jewelry, so... I worked on jewelry. I would’ve liked to have fit a workout in, but I ran out of time.
First thing when I got home, I started on rose studs (I found the studs!); I got 4 pairs done before I managed to get super glue all over my hands and felt compelled to stop before I permanently bonded myself to something. Again. *sigh* Next time... gloves. Definitely gloves. That said... I’m glad I got 4 pairs done – two in a light blue, two in black. One pair each for me, and one pair each for sale. :-)
I’m going to have to get over the afraid-to-open-the-kitchen-win
dow thing, though; that stuff gave me a headache. Not as bad as the one I got from the E-6000 adhesive, and it didn’t get me high like that one did, either (thank goodness. *shudder* Not my chosen method for getting a buzz); just a headache. Easily fixed with adequate ventilation.
...I hate adequate ventilation.
I tried out the PearlEx powders on the epoxy clay, as I’d said I would.
Here’s the first piece I tried.

I’m not entirely certain I like it. I’m torn between thinking it’s pretty, and thinking it looks like something a child would draw. I already have a more mature version in my head, involving a looping stem of red crystals and red leaves, with a white or red rose. On a black background, I think. Very goth, I know. LOL!
Here’s the second.

Immediately after the application of copper powder, it looked GORGEOUS. It didn’t, as I suspected, manage to hold on to all the powder, though, making for a weird finish. It doesn’t look BAD, it just doesn’t look GORGEOUS. It’s OK. Very sparkly. Hugely domed; that rivoli in the middle is BIG. Again... I don’t particularly like it, but I’m fairly certain that SOMEONE will.
When I was finished, the Body Cop had beeped get-ready-for-bedtime about 15 minutes earlier. So I went to bed. I’m sleeping LESS upright than last week, but still definitely inclined. And I’m making a point of eating as early as possible. Yesterday, it was as early as my pursuit of superglued hands would allow; once I was completely dry and unlikely to stick permanently to myself or anything else, it was time to eat. So... about 6:30. Today, it’ll depend how long it takes me to acquire a MegaMillions ticket. Yes, I’m a sheep, I admit it. But... c’mon. You have to at least TRY. I could worry a heck of a lot less about finding the cash to get my jewelry business off the ground! And I could feel a lot less guilty about looking at beads and stuff online from work, because... heck, why on EARTH would I keep working at office jobs I don’t particularly care for, with that kind of money?! :-)
I ordered 60 plain, unanodized (grey) niobium headpins, today. My hope is that in doing so, my $30 purchase will prevent me from making a foolish one tomorrow at the bead show. At a later date, I’ll add the pretty colors that are available, but for the time being, plain silvery grey should suit me fine. And then I can get to work with making the earrings I want to make. I can make copper versions now, and I will (I’ll make some tonight, in fact), but I really wanted to be able to say my non-copper pieces were nickel-free and hypo-allergenic. That was, after all, supposed to be the whole point. My problem with the copper ones is that they’re a bit limiting on the color front. Not everything goes with copper. If you want to use green, you’re in great shape; some blues, maybe. A very few purples (though I’m really picky about purples in jewelry, anyway). Black and white, certainly. But EVERYTHING goes with grey/silver.
Sorry, folks; I’m out of time and energy. The allergies are really taking it out of me today. Hope to have lots of fun stuff to show you after the bead show. Have a great weekend!
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    lol. I'm on my way after work for my mega millions ticket too. Keep the pics coming. I love the designs you are coming up with.

    Hope things are going well on the nutrition/fitness front. Don't skip workouts too often. It becomes a habit far too easily. lol
    2549 days ago
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