December 14, 2008


Last night, while sitting in front of the TV and trying to make jewellery, I came upon this ad for Snuggies. This was developed as a result of people going nuts when they're cold, sitting on a sofa with a blanket pulled up to the chin only to have it slip off when using the hands/arms (i.e. reaching for the phone). So the Snuggie is a blanket with long sleeves. It comes in many colours and the older men modelling the burgundy version looked like monks. Seriously. It was wierd.

Well, having advanced from the blow torch and toxic chemicals, I last night decided on making the dreaded holes in the copper plates. I have a screw hole maker but the holes are too small - I want to insert an eyelet in the hole. So I took out my dremel to widen the holes. This is a big deal for me since I'm terrified of the dremel. I had attached a flex shaft - incorrectly I might add since there was no action in the extension handle. Next I tried my new used low rpm drill from the Toronto Police auction. It has only screwdriver bits but it moves at a nice slow speed that doesn't spook me. I guess I should go to Canadian Tire to find a proper drill bit. Then I hauled out my clamp like hole maker. Seriously, I can barely lift it. I used it to enlarge the holes to 1/8 of an inch and a miracle was realized. Why didn't I use this thing in the first place. And there are close to 10 sizes of hole-makers. Of course changing the bit requires disassembly of the entire gizmo. Next I have to try and set the eyelets. Then I will be all set to make a copper book necklace.


Leslie Jane Moran said...

That looks like some prehistoric tool used to pull teeth! Please don't get any ideas Sharon!

Seriously, you are advancing on with this metal work, aren't you!

We have to have a serious outing in the New Year.

nancy said...

I think that we should have another class, I'll drill all the hole for you if you torch my metal for me! Maybe Leslie can make all our bezels and Irene can pour all the resin.