So, there have been a few additions to the studio that were a long (too long) time in coming. Seriously. You would think I would be more concerned with my own health and safety. And I am. But for some reason these changes were always pushed to the end of the list of "Things To Do".
So, there they are:
I'll tell you what, if you are in the market for a new office/studio chair, I would recommend this very highly. I got this a back pain speciality store. I'm sure you've seen your doctor or dentist on one of these. It is fabulous.
I am embarrassed to admit how long it took me to get a pair of these. Especially considering how much hammering I do. I will probably have hearing problems later in life. Maybe. But now I'm protected. Thanks Amazon American Express points!
Perhaps you are under the impression that jewelry making is a glamorous job. Well, maybe some jewelers are glam and style-ly, but I am generally wearing clothes that should be going to the Goodwill, and covered in the disgusting grit created by silicon polishing wheels. It is the worst feeling ever to have this grit all over your face and neck. So I finally snapped and bought this shield. If I wear it with my apron (not pictured here) it blocks all the grit spray from adhering to my face and I can go home without grime all over. It's a bit heavy, but if you are sitting you can sort of prop it on your chest. I would recommend something like it if you HATE polishing dirt getting on your face. (Also an Amazon purchase. It was pretty cheap.)
Hehehehehehehe. This is for stone setting and carving wax (for me anyway). It's a magnavisor. I like it pretty well. I think I might upgrade to those little glasses dentists have sometime in the future. You have to get measured for those, so that has sort of deterred me.
And this is an air purifier with a HEPA filter. It just makes the studio air seem fresher somehow.
And this is a picture of two exhausted pugs. Sleeping on the couch and eating treats all day sure is rough. They shed like you wouldn't believe. Many a perfectly staged photograph has been ruined by a stray pug hair. But I wouldn't give them up, being alone all day would drive me batty.
And the requisite picture of jewelry:
I like the tapering band. I am going to add it to my shop, I just need to find more photos. I recently purchased an external harddrive (another shop improvement! I feel more and more like a real adult!) and moved most of my photographs onto it. But the thought of sifting through all of those photos searching for this particular ring makes me tired.
So! I have new earrings to share! But I am not going to put them in this post. It's already too long and I'm sure you have better things to do than waste any more time listening to my ramblings. I will probably post on Friday, I hope to have a few more to add to the two designs I have now.