Obsession of the Week, February 22, 2013

Sadly, another week has passed with not a lot of obsession. I just haven’t been feeling 100% so I’ve just been trying to get through the day. Go to work, come home, go to bed. Blah.

The one thing that did strike my fancy was electroplating. Every year or so, I start to think that electroplating something sounds like a good idea. A couple years ago, I bought a real, electroplated leaf up in Apple Hill. There was a lady up there selling them and they were relatively inexpensive so I bought a couple of them. Then I scoured the interwebs for info.

Step 1: gather leaves
Step 2: complete a complicated process to remove the pulp and keep the leaf skeleton
Step 3: …
Step 4: profit

Truth be known, there wasn’t a lot of info out there back then. And that’s saying something coming from me, when I can find just about any information on the Internet. I win Google.  Anyway, I just got the most recent issue of my favorite online publication, Soda Lime Times, which is a magazine for lampworkers. It’s amazing. Every issue has a theme and the most recent one was on cold working. Cold working is stuff that you do to your glass after it cools off, stuff like etching, or… Electroplating!

I really want to try it. I really, really want to try it, but…  I really don’t need another hobby. I have no more room for anything, both mentally and physically.

So, I keep putting the idea of electroplating aside, and by “aside”, I mean that I try to talk my husband into it because seriously, the man needs a hobby. His woodworking is great, but it makes a huge mess all over my desk in the garage. He needs a nice, clean, complimentary hobby and metal is manly!  Yeah, he’s not buying it either. Maybe next year.

So, that’s it for the week. I think I’m going to take some time this weekend to play some video games. I need some escapism right now and killing pixels sounds like a good idea.

Obsession of the Week – February 8, 2013

I’ve been thinking about what I was going to write as my obsession this week. I didn’t really do much of anything since I really wasn’t feeling well for most of the week. I swear, I hate being a girl sometimes. Really.

But while I laid in bed with a heating pad and watching the entire Harry Potter collection for the thousandth time, I passed the time with a truly horrible game called Candy Crush and a new app for my iPad called “Paper.” Candy Crush is one of those games that you can’t stop playing, even though they basically force you to. I really hate when games make you “ask your friends for help” in order to move on. Or, you can pay them money. Really? It makes me want to punch someone.

Paper, on the other hand is awesome in it’s simplicity. Paper. That is all it is… Just a blank page and an assortment of digital “pens” that you can write or draw whatever you want with.

I’m not much of an artist when it comes to drawing. My sister got all of my grandma’s talent. I was more into coloring between the lines, rather than drawing my own lines… Huh… That might be a metaphor for my own life, but I don’t want to delve too deeply into that right now.

Anyway, I started to doodle a little in Paper using my cheapy stylus that was free after a rebate at Fry’s. Enjoy the artistic stylings of my six-year old self. 🙂 Is it wrong that I want to print out the last two and put them on my fridge?

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Obsession of the Week – February 1, 2013 Edition

January is over!! Yay. January has always been a tough month in my family, financially speaking. We’re just coming out of Christmas and BAM! It’s a month of birthdays. No joking, there are at least 2 birthdays in my family every week in the month of January. Luckily, not all of the birthday peeps are in the gift-necessary column. The biggies for me are my dad and my sister. My sister’s obsession has been nail polish with glitter and not just any glitter, but big ol’ honkin’ glitter. Her best friend posted a link on Facebook to some cool nail polish (made cooler by its name – Clown Puke) so I went off on a hunt for it. I ended up finding it on Etsy of all places… It was more expensive than the Fergie Wet and Wild stuff my sister has been buying, but I splurged since it was for her birthday. I’m such a good sister. 🙂

My sister wasn’t the only one that got gifts last week. I ordered myself some stuff from Howaco, which sells all kinds of cool things for hot glass. (If that’s not their slogan, it totally should be. And I should get a commission. I’d take it in store credit.) I can’t wait to actually get it. I ordered some cubic zirconias which a lot of people put in their beads. I’ve never done it, but I saw a tutorial that uses them and super sparkle powder, so I ordered some. Shit is going to SHINE!! I hope.

I also ordered a new graphite bead shaper. This one is “tear drop” shaped but in my mind, I see Easter eggs. I tried to make eggs last year. It didn’t go well. In fact, I never even bothered to take them off the mandrels, that’s how bad they were and how disgusted I was. They’re still sitting in my water bowl, on the mandrels, looking pathetic. I should just take them off and throw them out. Or I can leave them as an example of how not to make Easter eggs.

But this week, I’ve still been on an etched copper streak, only this time I’m trying to find out how/why things went so wrong. The awesome, amazeballs etching solutions I was so stoked about totally fizzled out on me. It just won’t etch anything, or etches it so slowly that all the toner resist gets eaten off the copper before the etch can happen. Frustrated and kind of ticked off, I ended up chucking the “new” cupric chloride solution (responsibly, of course) and going back to the “old” ferric chloride.

I’m sure there’s some sort of chemical reason why the stuff isn’t working and it’s probably involves calculations with letters and numbers in there. Can I tell you how much I hate math that puts letters in the equations? Like, a lot. Who failed Algebra twice in high school? THIS girl! Anyway, this new stuff might be too difficult for me to maintain and reuse, being mathematically challenged and all, and you know, not in a laboratory. However, if I’m going to dispose of etching solution every two or three uses, darn skippy it’s going to be the new stuff. Fast (relatively) clean etch every time? Yes, please.

So, that’s it for me this week, except for this… Jenny Elisabeth Jewels and More had its MOST PROFITABLE MONTH EVER. This is thanks to my awesome, supportive co-workers. They are what keeps me at my job. Well, that and the pay check. 🙂