Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tacky Dominoes

Number side of a finished necklace I made for Kristin Ellis Maurice.

"Are you ready to go back to school?" she asked.
""No way! I could play here at home for weeks more."

Me too, what about you? If you're a teacher, like me, you're in the midst of winter break. Are you ready to go back to school? I've had so much fun in the studio this vacation that I could use another week or two. The  domino necklaces are coming along. The Etsy shop is up, but not populated with product yet. I've got to figure out the tax angle before I list anything.
Tray of tacky dominoes. I may have to start these 20 over!
 Of course right when I think I've got it--figured out the domino process--I hit a snag. Today's snag is sticky resin. I must not have measured carefully enough. Easy Cast resin (mixed 1 to 1) usually sets up in 24 hours. Not so when I mix it wrong. The surface is tacky--I can see fingerprints if I touch the tops. In the past I've used spray resin to coat it and cover the tack, but I know that doesn't work for how I wear the dominoes.
I like to wear mine number side out. When I used that spray resin last time, the image side got soft like those jelly shoes. It got so soft and pliable that I eventually worked a corner up and peeled off the entire image. Resin is turning out to be trickier than I first thought.

PS: Guess what? You can apply another coat of resin to the sticky resin. I wiped them with acetone, applied more resin and presto it worked!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What Are You Teaching Your Children?

What am I teaching my child? I think about that a lot. I'm sure most mothers do. It's echoed in my mind lately though. What am I teaching Collin about work? What am I teaching Collin about the computer? What am I teaching Collin about giving back?

This past week was Project for Awesome. If you don't know, P4A is an event where Nerdfighters (John and Hank Green's band of smart people) take over YouTube and Twitter in an effort to spread awareness about charities. You can find out all you want to know about Project for Awesome at their home page or dip into my earlier teacher-posts.  I also wrote about how I used Project for Awesome with students here.

Collin and I follow the Vlogbrothers on YouTube. We have all of Hank's albums from DFTBA Records. He's watched me participate in Project for Awesome for two years and this year he participated too. Saturday, though I was under the weather, we hunkered down in the studio and got to commenting. Collin started by watching the video bursts at P4A main site. Mid-video he stops and says, "Mom? What't the doobly do?" Doobly do (though I'm not sure how to spell it) is John Green's word for the description box that appears below a YouTube video--the box where you can add links and information about the video you post. Doobly do is Collin's new favorite word.

We set up his YouTube account and I showed him how to like, rate, favorite, and comment. We bought raffle tickets (Collin really wanted to win John's Nerdfighter glasses) and spent the afternoon talking about charities and videos. He "DFTBA's" his way through video after video, but what did I like best? His replies to my comments.
Definitely a pink stone day.