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Tektite Earrings

A quick show and tell.

I did experiment with the tektites a little-they’re awfully difficult to wrap-so I ended up just making simple coil to hold them. I opted for silver earwires, since less people have an allergy and made them out of twisted square wire for some textural interest. Plus two-tone projects match more things!

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Trying to get to Atlanta!

Quick personal query. I really want to go to Dragon*con. Things went as they do, and stuff… lost the chance to get into the proper hotels. Now a coworker I had a slight chance of rooming with is going with her husband, so that’s out too. It’s getting 11th hour, but I just got the booklet in the mail rubbing in just how much I want to go. So even costumeless, I’m not quite resigned to not going just yet.

Is anyone going or know anyone (relatively not scary…) looking for a roomie? The official-ish hunt seems to be mostly a facebook thing and I haven’t gotten facebook straightened out yet!

As you’ve learned, I make crafts, am a bit of a science fangirl, and admire folklore and fantasy writing and art. Geek-wise I’m an avid whovian/sherlockian with a bit of a browncoat leaning. Last year my favorite track at the con was Skeptrack. I’m quiet in person unless you ask about one of said topics, not much of a party girl (sometimes for lack of invites and sometimes from shyness), and a nonsmoker.

Let me know if you have any ideas, please!

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Spoon!

Fine gold wire around a crytal formed from a single element. (element 83) Kean explains how Bismuth forms its escheresque shape in his book.

This summer I read a great book by Sam Kean called The Disappearing Spoon.

It was essentially an introduction to/history of the periodic table, with digressions for fun facts and quirky personalities along the way. I’ve already reread it once. His writing is very good and his explanations clear. The title of the book comes from a trick he describes, where students mold gallium, which is a silver metal with an extremely low melting point, into the shape of a spoon and bring it with tea. The unsuspecting victim goes ot stir the tea, and the spoon melts. I kept meaning to look that trick up and forgetting about it. Then I ran across this video, which warmed my little geek heart.

And since we’re playing with the periodic table:

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