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Old 12-03-2017, 06:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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You are one of the most creative people here on IAP. You always produce such beautiful and creative work.

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Your welcome Bob.
Do you see any issues with bubbles coming out of those little beads when the resin is poured over them?
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You are quite welcome, Bob. As I have said before, you are an inspiration for all of us. I realized I may be taking a risk with my feedback, but felt you were likely the type of artisan who would appreciate the honest perspective in addition to my compliments. You continue to amaze as well as educate us and we appreciate you.


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Old 12-03-2017, 09:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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Thanks, Jim, Pete and Mike!

Pete: "Do you see any issues with bubbles coming out of those little beads when the resin is poured over them?"

No bubble trouble so far - BUT I slowly brush Judikins Diamond Glaze over the beads as an intermediate layer, and let it dry x 2-3 days before tube-in casting in PR at 50psi. I may get bubbles as I venture into more complex surfaces with stitched/woven beads - hoping to get a little more shop time within the busy Holiday Season - stay tuned.

It's fun to learn more about the vibrant, time-honored, and expanding universe of beads, beading, and beaders.

Warm regards - humbly and gratefully - Bob
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I was chatting with some friends who are members of Northern California's esteemed and creative Pomo Indian Tribe. They carry on the beautiful tribal tradition of beaded basketry, had heard about my pens, and asked if I'd incorporated beads: no, not yet...(minor light bulb moment).
Bob; I'd wonder if there are traditional patterns that the Pomo tribe uses. Perhaps a visit to a local museum to photo the patterns from baskets or other older artwork might inspire a new look. I think using the patterns by stringing the beads might be an interesting treatment. I may try the Judikins Diamond Glaze you mentioned as I often get bubbles in my embedded castings just above the embedded paper.
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:21 AM   #16 (permalink)
 
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Thanks, Randy! - the tribal patterns are beautiful indeed - great sources of inspiration.

I'm also interested in granulation techniques with even tinier drilled and undrilled beads on metals and handmade papers. The metal jewelry granulation techniques reportedly date back 5,000 years to Sumer - and can probably be updated into the shallows of pens. I got a copy of Oppi Untracht's wonderful 1993 book when "the ink was still wet": Metal Techniques for Craftsmen: A Basic Manual for Craftsmen on the Methods of Forming and Decorating Metals, wherein he details beautiful ancient surface decorative techniques. I won't be copying any patterns, but hope to add a few one-off designs. I'm just getting started with this little adventure.

Try the Judikins Diamond Glaze - it works well - and brush very slowly with a soft brush to avoid bubbles, then heat quickly and minimally with a small heat gun to pop any tiny stubborn bubbles before drying the tubes for a few days.

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You are just on a different plane of pen turning existence from me. Love to see all your mad scientists creations!
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Thanks, Jason!

Something bold and (dare I say) a micro-operatic about some of these pens.
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Old 12-06-2017, 02:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
 
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Sincere thanks, Bryan!

I'm ever fascinated by the pendulum that swings between artistic uniqueness and scientific reproducibility - two poles stoked by curiosity and wonder.

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