At one end of the Ballroom, you’ll note a small closet, within which is tucked a skeleton. How proverbial is that? Can you think of another word for “Thesaurus”? What if there were no rhetorical questions? If a cat and a banana traveled East on a train from Chicago to New York at an average of 90 mph in a stiff wind, how many chickens were left at the end of the run?
And that’s the kind of polite chatter you’d be likely to expect from the Washington crowd, most of whom are lawyers without a practice. You can’t come across a band of worse thugs than that, and when they get together, it’s called “Congress” — aptly named, I think, for the kind of thing they do to the country.
The Ballroom is very valuable as a venue for speakers, poets, protest songsters and theater and dance presentations, all of which are Spiritual Enlightenment Technology directed at the leader and leadership of this once-great nation.
If you didn’t used to be, but now you are ashamed to be an American, it’s time to take some positive action, and this is it. Get into the Ashram and start pushing those vibes out at the Washington politicians who aren’t listening on any other level. Continue reading →
If you happen to have a roll of .16 gauge copper wire handy, you’ll appreciate this beginner’s project, the Bead Curtain. Make some WOUND WIRE RONDELS on your large miniature screwdriver, and be sure to cut them FLUSH ON BOTH ENDS.
Cut some 3″ long .16 gauge CORE WIRES, and be sure to FLUSH CUT ON BOTH ENDS.
Now make a GENEROUS loop on one end of your core wire, and bring the end ALL THE WAY to close it against itself.
TUG BACK on the main body of the core wire so that the loop is a perfect lollipop shape.
Drop one or two WIRE RONDELS onto the core wire, then your wooden bead or beads, then one or two more wire rondels. If you used one, then use one again. If you used two, then use two to match on the other side of the main bead, as show in photo. You can combine any colors, shapes and sizes of wooden beads you want to have on there, the crazier and more random, the better. Make sure the beads don’t weigh too much, because the earring mustn’t be too heavy to actually wear.
Now make a CLOSING LOOP on the other end of the core wire, and you have a complete ELEMENT, which can be combined with other ELEMENT DROPS, as shown in photo.
You can open the loop TO THE SIDE to preserve the loop’s perfect lollipop shape, and slip it onto another element.
Make the HOOP, the main body of the earring, by making a LOLLIPOP LOOP at one end of a 3″ long .16 gauge wire, FLUSH CUT ON BOTH ENDS, making sure to roll the closing loop over the first loop, as shown in photo.
Feed a WOODEN SEPARATOR BEAD of whatever size you like onto the HOOP, then add one wire drop element, then another separator bead, another element, another separator bead, another element, another separator bead, until you have THREE WIRE DROPS and FOUR WOODEN BEAD SEPARATORS on your HOOP.
Now make two .20 gauge ancient-style ear wires as shown, and attach them by opening the .16 gauge loops, ALWAYS TO THE SIDE. Never open a loop by making it bigger. Continue reading →
This is your most basic STERLING SILVER earring kit, the Sumerian Steatite Earring Set. Here’s what you should have received in your kit, each packaged in its own zip-lock baggie, tagged for quick identification — check each item off this list to make sure you have everything you’re supposed to have in the kit:
Four Whitish Sumerian Steatite beads. These came originally from the Susa at Uruk, the main city of ancient Sumer, and were legally and openly brought into the United States prior to 1964, the year when I obtained them from Joe Rose at Superior Stamp & Coin in New York City. Joe was a longtime friend and a very responsible and honest antiquity dealer — that’s not at all rare in the profession — these are amazing and magical beads; almost all of them were intact, and among the steatite beads, I found Carnelian, Jasper, Hematite and Lodestone, among other variants. The white steatite stone-carved beads were made around 4500 B.C. out of flat-cut stone, hand-rubbed and rolled on flat rocks to burnish them down into flattish rounds after drilling the hole in the center with a bow-drill, which is still used in some parts of the world today. Absolutely Guaranteed Authentic 6,000 year-old ancient beads.
Four 3mm modern factory-made .925 sterling silver “spacer” beads.
Four 6mm handmade modern .999 fine silver Bali style fancy spacer beads.
One labeled package containing 12 modern .925 sterling silver wires, about 1″-1.5″ (30mm – 40mm) long, ready for clipping & bending.
One labeled package containing 2 modern .925 sterling silver .22 gauge wires, about 4″, or 100mm long, to form the Core Wires.
One labeled package containing 2 modern .925 sterling silver .20 gauge silver wires, about 4″, or 100 mm long, from which you’ll make the hand-made ear-wires, the crowning touch of a fine set of ancient style earrings.
I’m releasing my version of 21st century etchings with a series of reproductions of my latest most recent etchings produced here at my atelier. These will be printed on high-grade photo paper to get ALL the nuances of the originals, without the danger of them being used as counterfeits — the back clearly reads “photo paper”.
The print itself is $25, a fair price for a signed-and-dated-in-the-plate graphic multiple, if my memory of the art market serves me right. I will float-mount your print in a double mat board, and mount it for you in one of my finest museum-grade heavyweight 6″ wide hand-carved gilded hardwood frames for an additional $650, or in a lightweight custom frame at only $125 for the entire framing job — both framing jobs do not include the cost of the artwork — I have to pay folks to do these jobs, and fair wages is fair wages. It isn’t easy to frame a work of art — both Robbert and I have done it, at the rate of hundreds of pieces a week, and believe it, the pay is scarcely enough to cover the personal cost.
You can order a LIMITED EDITION print on handmade 17th century type “Dover” paper, made for 400 years by an unbroken line of family paper-makers. The paper is valued at $150 a full sheet at today’s rare paper market prices, and was $30 a sheet wholesale back in 1987, when it was obtained from the factory in England where it had been made many years earlier. Continue reading →
I had one of those unfortunate disasters, and lost a day’s work; recovered it by 3:00 AM and have now gone on to amend the orb with embellishments and such…notably a zen walk and some off-sim boats — my first off-sim in the GODD® Engine Environment. There’s so much room on the map, we don’t really need the effect, but it’s fun and useful to know that it’s there to be tapped into if necessary. I made an attempt to FRAPS the orb for you, but halfway through the FRAPS video, I realized that I hadn’t yet placed the guru graphics in the Great Hall, and have yet to put in the chairs at the conference center near the Dance Pavilion. You’ll notice that I’ve done a great deal of bulldozing and piled up some snow-capped peaks all around. Also, the snow no longer gets into the buildings, thanks to Val’s repair yesterday. More about Temple Chen-Rig at the ICW this morning at 6:30 AM.