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little_pink_sock(edited )LinkHi, everyone. I'm returning to tildes with a new user account after almost 4 years, having lost access to the original account's password following total vision loss due to a severe traumatic head...
Hi, everyone. I'm returning to tildes with a new user account after almost 4 years, having lost access to the original account's password following total vision loss due to a severe traumatic head injury. Thanks, @deimos, for being kind enough to give me a fresh invitation when I reached out late last year.
This will be my first Timasomo. I'd typed out a fairly in-depth description of my intended project, but lost it when the browser hung. Rather than try to recreate it, I'll give a brief synopsis.
Essentially, I'm going to create a reprise/evolution of a jewelry piece I made in my late teens, 20+ years ago: a phoenix made from ~16 ga. copper wire that was intended to be the focal piece of a "statement" necklace will be re-imagined and created as a solid sterling silver phoenix from art clay silver, with fire-in-place gemstones set in the phoenix, and a necklace made from ~24 ga. sterling silver wire and semi-precious stone beads. I'll also do some textural details with art clay copper and bronze.
This piece, when finished, will be given to a dear friend who has faced different struggles than I have over the last few years, but every bit as intense. He's also a longtime "a11y" to people with disabilities. He was absolutely thrilled when I told him I can spell his name in Braille, and told me he'd always wanted to know how to do so; because of that, I think I'll use tiny balls of the copper, brass and/or silver clay to use a granulation technique to include his name in Braille across the phoenix's wings and breast.
I guess, in a way, you could say this project is symbolic for my friend and me as being representative of not only "rebirth", but also regeneration, adaptation, aspiration, perseverance in the face of adversity, and the powerful potentialities of creativity, compassion, and solidarity.
Hope I didn't ramble too much when trying to explain my project and intentions for it. I'm also really looking forward to hearing about everyone's projects and their progress over the next weeks. **edit: corrected a grammatical mistake. Proofreading is a bit more difficult with a screenreader. :-/
I mostly made progress in additionally refining the details of my phoenix necklace this week. Specifically, some of the shapes and sizes of the stones I want to use... I intended to get my materials order in this week, but some asshole(s) managed to get my debit card info from a skimmer somewhere, and I had to wait for a replacement (which arrived yesterday afternoon). On the plus side, they only got $11, which my bank assured me would be returned. So... I'll get my materials order in on Monday, and begin to work on the actual fabrication process.
Somewhat tangentially, I'm making progress on learning how to better use the accessibility features of my phone. Yesterday, I successfully managed to take a photo of the original 20+ year-old copper wire phoenix that is the inspiration for my Timasomo project, and texted it to my friend who'll be the recipient of the completed necklace. He'd not had a chance to see it before, and his response was so genuinely delighted that my eyes got just a little "leaky" and my cheeks a little sore from smiling so big. I'll do my best to get that image uploaded somewhere online, so I can link to it for anyone who's interested to take a look at.