Saturday, October 17, 2009

Trinkets from my father...

Hi Everyone,

My father and his girlfriend were up to visit us for a week. Dad decided to clean out some of his old hobby stuff and I was fortunate to inherit his trinkets. He started to get into wire-wrapping a few years ago and decided that it was too fiddly for him, but not until he had gathered some supplies.

I confess to not having a clue as to what the top photo is - he seems to think it might be a set of polishing compounds. I think I might agree. I haven't gone searching the Internet yet to figure it out so if anyone wants to volunteer some advice, I'd be more than keen to hear about it.

He also gave me his tools - they'll come in handy. I don't know quite what the bottom two do, but he gave me some wire-wrapping books that might have some instructions on them as well. Again, feel free to volunteer what they're for. I can figure out the rest.

This last photo is of the stones that he brought up. I'll use the cabochons in tins and embellish with clay somehow. Maybe make some brooches out of them.

It was a good visit. We ate way too much. But it's always nice to have him at our house. I get a lot of my personality from him and I consider myself very fortunate that he's been such a big part of my life. He was the Cool Dad among my friends when I was a teenager. We live several thousand kms apart, so I don't get to see him more than once or twice a year.

This last photo is one of him with his relatively new goatee. I confess to finding very few men attractive with goatees. There's a character on Stargate, Ba'al, that I like with a goatee, and my friend, Nick, that I wrote about earlier, looks OK with one, but other than that, I can't think of too many men that can carry them off. So when Dad mentioned that he was growing a goatee, I groaned. But, surprisingly, I think it suits him very well.

Thanks for the trinkets, Dad, they'll certainly be put to good use.




Niviob said...

Sharilyn Miller has a blog

In the following posts she uses the tool (bail forming pliers) on the bottom right to make clasps, links, and rings. Her lessons are wonderfully clear and the projects are stunning.

Hope this helps.

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Hi Sandy. Lucky girl to get all those trinkets! I think you guys are right in guessing the top photo is polishing compounds. I think they are all different grits with the last one being called rouge. If I am correct it is put on your buffing wheel for polishing metals. I don't think it works for polymer clay. If you try Googling 'polishing rouge' or 'buffing rouge' you may find some info on how to use it.