Monthly Archives: July 2012


I have some scrap brass left in the studio and some scrap ideas as well. I may have to throw them all in the etching tank yet. These would both be 1-1/2″ square.

Pilgrim’s badges

I’ve been doing a little research on Medieval pilgrim’s badges. A lowly pewter badge can serve both as a reminder of a meaningful journey and as a powerful talisman. All this, and still affordable for the adventurous peasant.

13th century pilgrim badge. 1″ high by 1.25″ wide. Pewter. From Pewter Sellers.

Pilgrim badge from Amiens cathedral.
From BBC’s A History of the World.

Poetry: Liberty Brass by Edward Hirsch

I was sitting across from the rotating sign
For the Liberty Brass Turning Company

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And brooding about our fathers
Always on the make to make more money

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Tender wounded brassy unsystematic
Free American men obsessing about margins

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Selling every day of their God-damned lives
To some Liberty Brass Turning Company

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Until they were screwed into boxes
And planted in plots paid and unpaid

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(From the March 15, 2010 issue of The New Yorker.)

Quotation: Thomas Aquinus

“Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.”

How I spent my summer vacation

I’ve long wanted to do more “how to” videos. It just so happens that many of the things I know “how to” do are really weird and likely useful to no one but me. Nonetheless, the video was almost as much fun to make as the brass wire rope.

Best of all, check out my super-sophisticated iPhone camera mount. A steady-cam it’s not.

At the angel spa

Hanging out by the cupric chloride jacuzzi after an indulgent 20 minute etch.

A lacquer thinner rub down for toner exfoliation.

Relaxing with friends.

A quick dip in phosphoric acid for a really dark tan.

One angel and a big mess

The Vigilante: Patina and wax applied. Lacking only suspension wire.

The state of my studio on July 25, 2012