Moving right along.

OK! So! Bit of an update.

I have a house! I live there!

It’s still full of boxes. It’s been a month; I just… haven’t accomplished as much as I’d like. Which for me is pretty normal, but still frustrating. But! Such predicaments, we must move ahead.

 

I’ve just this minute completed an order that brings me up to 3 – 4 oz of the following enamel colors in order of when I remembered them, a.k.a. no particular order (some of these I had already ordered, so this is a grand-total list):

Thompson Enamels:

Sunset Orange

Foxglove Purple

Peacock Blue Green

Ultramarine Blue

Flame Red

Beryl Green (Transparent)

Robin’s Egg Blue

Medium Fusing Clear (Transparent. Duh.)

Calamine Blue

 

Discontinued Rio Grande Colors:

Scarlet

Mallard Green (transparent)

Sea Green

Silver Grey

 

I have slightly less than 3 oz of a few other colors: Foundation White, Butter Yellow, Jungle Green, Daphne Blue, Black, Mocca Brown

There may be others that I’m just not remembering right now.

I’ve got a whole bunch of copper and iron beads and charms to start playing with. First order of business, I think, being the copper tags, bought for the purpose of having a sample of each fired color to tape to the lids of the tins. Of the things needed to get to work, the only things I officially do not own at all are an appropriately sized loaf tin, enough vermiculite (I looked at what was included with my Bead Pulling Station, and found it not enough for my comfort), and the MAPP gas can, itself. The loaf pan should be obtainable at Shop Rite; the others are readily available at Lowe’s. The can is slightly cheaper at Home Depot, but they don’t carry the vermiculite in store and Lowes does, so… there you go.

Oh, and I haven’t yet located the torch head I bought. For some reason, it wasn’t packed with the rest of the enameling stuff, so I have to hunt in the office for it.

 

Mind you, I may be ready for this. My tools and materials may be almost ready. What ISN’T ready is the room I plan to DO it in! Right now it’s a catch-all for things I wasn’t sure where to put elsewhere. All my musical instruments (two guitars and a trumpet) and their accompanying music are there. A boatload of vinyl records are there. I don’t know where those things are going to end up, but I don’t think they really belong in the office. I may USE them in the office, but I don’t think they can live there, given that it might get warm in there. So, they need new homes. I need to dig the window exhaust/intake fan out of the closet. This was the only ventilation solution I could come up with, in the short term. I know it’s not ideal. We’ll have to see how things go. But it’s better than nothing.

 

So! Yes! Enameling to begin soon. Then, most likely, kumihimo, for bracelets to hang enameled things from. I imagine earrings will also be happening. Even necklaces are possible, though historically, I haven’t had a whole lot of patience for necklaces. I think that with a combination of chain, kumi, and enameled beads, necklaces will happen a lot faster than they would with, say, individually formed wire links.

 

In other news, I’ve ordered tiny, nickel-free stars, for the top of Swarovski Christmas trees – ‘tis the season (or near enough, anyway).

I have absolutely no idea what to do with Thanksgivukkah, as far as jewelry. Blue turkeys, perhaps? Ah, no, no turkey enameling blanks to be found. *sigh* I’ll have to think of something….

 

Anyway, just wanted to keep you in the loop. Things are coming. I will be making sparkly things. They will be posted. The train marches on. 🙂