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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.

 

BeadLiner

My latest favorite cool new tool is here (click on BeadLiner). I saw the ad in Bead & Button. What a splendiforous idea!! I see from the instructions that you still have to start it with a hammer (a nervous thing around glass beads) but I like the idea of the more controlled finishing process. I would think you could line with copper as well as silver, and why not line gemstones as well as glass? Oooooh, the possibilities....
Update: Hmmm, Ms. Aagaard does seem to be out of the BeadLiner business. That is kind of disappointing. I remember seeing instructions for making a silver core (without her machine) a while ago, I think in a Lapidary Journal. Basically, her machine is a c-clamp with a spindle. You put the core in the bead and put the bead (plus core) on the spindle, and screw the clamp closed. The pressure folds the ends of the core over the hole of the bead. I'll see if I can get some pictures up in the next few days, and/or track down the reference I saw earlier.

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