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03:32 AM 12/27/2011

So...awake again. This time I went to bed at around 11:00pm and woke up around 3:00am. And my mind is already full of things from work. Wonderful. (Oh and the title is just a title. No wife issues here.)

Not a bad thing really as it's been a long time since I had things from work to focus on. I've got a few tasks I'm behind on but I really need to run them by others to find out what the company procedure is about them. I'll hopefully do that today.

In other news I think I figured out how to prevent my copper from oxidizing when I fire the enamel. That will make a big difference because it means I don't have to accidentally worry about scuffing the enamel when polishing to remove the fire scale and oxidization. My problem now is that I really want to make copper bangles with complex fine line designs on them in enamel but since I don't have a bead kiln I have to bend the bangles after firing versus before. (Other people have kindly offered me kiln time but right now I really want to see about using what I've got already. Another person suggested building one and I may yet go that route. We have a source of fire bricks in town and there are sources of heating elements for kilns online so it's definitely an option. Regardless I'll figure something out but again...that money thing.)

On top of all that a good CNC machine or laser etcher would do wonders for this process because I'm finding that it's definitely hard for me to put the designs in the copper in the first place. The dremel seems to bounce on me quite a bit and hand carving takes a long time. Of course copper PMC would solve this problem but add a host of new ones. For instance can I fire copper PMC twice? Once for the sintering and once for the enamel? Can you pickle the copper when you have enamel on it? (Almost certainly not as the cooler pickling liquid would probably crack the enamel and/or debond it from the copper. There are notes also saying that the pickling fluid gets under the enamel.) Also copper PMC that doesn't require the carbon granuals for firing is fairly expensive: http://ds5.org/3666

I'll figure it all out eventually. One more thing to work on I guess.

I seem to have plenty of things to work on in my life...

Let's see...in no particular order...

Home improvements. (That's a whole separate list.)

Daughter improvements. ;-)

Workshop improvements. (Yeah...in progress but moving slowly.)

Brewing. (This will be in progress this month. I just have to collect a bucket from the local donut shop and bottling caps+capper from the local Brew&Grow. Also need a separate clean pot because ours are salt scarred. My fault.)

Writing. (I really need to get George and Blaze settled and Oranaan at least moving.)

Drawing. (This is always high on my list. I can draw things well enough but people just don't seem to be something I've been able to work on yet. Which is a shame because I have at least one webcomic already written.)

Jewelry. (I won't go into details but I think I have a good idea for some really really cool jewelry that I have yet to see out there.)

Programming. (I have at least one little program that I keep trying to dink at but never seem to get around to.)

Cooking. (I'd kind of like to get off fast food. And cooking well is a good step for that.)

Gardening - outdoor. (This I actually can do well when I'm not tired or depressed.)

Gardening - indoor. (I think this will be essential to learn to do well for quite a lot of people just from a survival standpoint. I wonder if you can grow potatoes hydroponicaly...)

Learn to play several instruments. (For some reason I collect them but music in general hasn't gelled in my brain. I don't understand the structure and connections yet.)

Improve singing voice. (I can sing okay but I'd like to be better at it.)

Learn foreign languages. (Japanese high on my list but mental barriers are a PIA.)

Constructed languages. (Still on my list but definitely on hold. I started a transliteration a long time ago but never finished it.)

Convert a vehicle to EV or hybrid. (My ideal vehicle for doing this is a 1980's Bradley GT II. It has the right amount of space, the right amount of simplicity, and the right amount of surface area for a good EV/Htbrid conversion.)

Alternative energy prototypes. (This list could fill an entire book. I so want to try some outlandish things but money/time/inertia stop me often.)

Inventions. (See above.)

I/T skills. (This encompasses a number of things. VMS alone could take years.)

Relationship skills. (This is a lifetime project due to my autism.)

Spiritual improvements. (Already working on this but I could devote more time to it.)

Vehicle repairs and upgrades. (Have a lot of things to install on all four working vehicles but until I get the workshop settled that isn't going to happen.)

Lastly - build my own spaceship. (Yeah...I think I need to start taking my Triptophan again as I'm going bats.)


Well it's now 4:30 am or so and I've babble on here for quite some time. (I also ate generic toaster waffles while doing so. Yum!) Time to get up and start doing things without waking people up that is.

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/252309.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.




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mashblock
Dec. 28th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
In case you get around to building a kiln...
I have an unused Paragon heating element I can give you. It came with my '88 as a spare, but turned out to be for the next size down - '66 or summat. It's somewhat preformed for side-heating an octagonal kiln, but has never been fired - you could easily straighten/re-shape it as needed. Let me know...

As an aside... I once owned a 1980 Bradley GT-II, purchased for the sum of $300 and some elbow grease. Long story, but it was a *neat* car!
nimitzbrood
Dec. 28th, 2011 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: In case you get around to building a kiln...
The Bradley GT II is just something I've wanted for years. It's a nice body on one of the most simple and reliable chassis available and it's endlessly modifiable among other things. They're getting scarcer though. It seems I see either the bodies only or a complete build - minus the motor. If I can ever afford one it'll likely be the latter not the former because there are a ton of EV kits for the VW bug mounts.

And I will gladly take you up on the offer of the heating element but not right at the moment. Right at the moment I have to work hard to cement my position at work, clean the house so it's presentable when my friends visit, and if I'm very very lucky start my first batch of beer. (That will require picking up a bucket from the donut shop among other things.)
mashblock
Dec. 28th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Re: In case you get around to building a kiln...
Yep, a simple, reliable ride and a real head-turner. Of course to my schoolmates anything with gull-wings was automatically branded "DeLorean"(fuck you, Hollywood!) though the body style was completely different and it was available in colors... Damn, do I miss that car! I ended up owning it through the kind of luck that never happens twice in a lifetime.

The GT-II kit was actually available with an electric conversion (Bradley GTE)from the factory - it consisted mostly of a bank of lead-acid batteries and a motor that bolted directly onto the bug transaxle. Oh, and a bit of trivia you may not know - the first-generation GT(that was the model with the one-piece plexi doors - the 'II had fiberglass doors with sliding vent windows and Targa tops) was so popular that after it(and the 'II) went out of "production", someone started making a *replica* kit: the Sunray GT...

No hurry on the heating element - it isn't really going anywhere.

nimitzbrood
Dec. 30th, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: In case you get around to building a kiln...
Re: GT II - you'll like this series of videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYoIacJLOfc

The kid's still learning but he did get it moving:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD-fxIHY5q8&feature=player_detailpage&list=UUg1c16-25LAZKuYSw6zpRcg

He either doesn't have enough voltage or the right motor but it's still pretty impressive.

That and in that video it looks like he's still learning to drive stick. ^_^
mashblock
Dec. 30th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Re: In case you get around to building a kiln...
It looks like he's still learning to drive, period. He's also obviously never driven anything without power-assisted brakes. Made me cringe when he used the window as a door handle, too... But yeah, neat project.
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