You know, I’m never going to be bored again. Well, there may be occasional moments, but not that many. I have a list ten trillion miles long, and I’m going to need a few extra lifetimes to get everything done.
I’m also going to need to find new and better ways to get superglue off my fingers. But the results have been totally worth it. At least in my opinion. Alas, the kitchen fluorescent isn’t the most flattering light, but here are the first rock magnets:
I always knew there was a reason why I collected buckets of rocks when out with Lockwood. Now I can do pretty things with them! And soon, you’ll be able to pick some up in the soon-to-be-named-and-shortly-thereafter-launched store. All hand-collected and hand-made. Whee!
The ones above are serpentinite, surrounding a wee bit o’ garnierite. I’ve spent the day selecting samples, trying a bit of varnish on a few of the ones that look best wet, and gluing them to magnets. It’s been pretty fun.
Then I cleaned out the car, which wasn’t as fun, especially since it was a hot and sunny day. But we’re going to Oregon on Saturday, and we need room in the trunk. After sweating to death hauling books and packs of soda up the stairs, I decided that I would do what I’ve always wished American workplaces were wise enough to do, and had a siesta through the hottest part of the afternoon. Then, more magnets:
These are larger bits of serpentinite and a couple of pieces of garnet mica schist. I’m hoping they’ll turn out well, but being bigger pieces, they were also more stubborn about the whole being glued thing. I’ll be going back to my favorite glue, one that near-instantly glues pretty much anything to everything, yet doesn’t seem to take up long-term residence on my fingers.
Now it’s off to clean the house, and then B and I will be doing the necessary acquiring of essentials before we head out, so the blog will probably be quiet for a few days. I’ll post some preliminary photographs from the road as time and hotel wi-fi permit.
For now, I shall have to leave you with Mount Rainier at Sunset from my former office window:
See ye soon, my darlings!