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11:17 AM - 02/11/2019

The topic: Another project complete


So, last June, I tried my hand at etching metal, using the Cameo. I posted about it here.

I got some stuff that was okay, but I was never completely happy with it. But, it was always there, rolling around in my head.

Well, keeping on top of paperwork so far this year, the balloons, cards and boxes done and sent out last December, there's really not a lot on my plate. I'm working on crocheting small blankets to take the vet for clients' pets, I read a book last week, and really don't have much to do at this point. Not checking on a sick cat every thirty minutes, a cat who took up a lot of my work table so I was unable to work (his comfort was more important), nothing's on television, I started researching etching with a Silhouette machine.

And I found some interesting and informative videos on YouTube for etching with the Silhouette Curio.  Hmmm......

Still trying with the metal I had, I went with an anodized aluminum piece. I used the Chomas tool instead of the Curio tool. The video I watched pointed out that the Chomas did a smoother job (don't forget, blades/pens/etc made for the Cameo, also work with the Curio).

This is what I ended up with. I was pretty happy.  These are anodized aluminum blanks. The etching cuts into the anodizing, for the aluminum substrate.

The depth wasn't set very deep on this one

Setting the depth deeper.

But still, how do the trophies that are gold with black text plaques work? Like on my Meh scapegoat trophy? Painting gold on silver, then etching, but how do I get the silver black? I tried acrylic paint, the paint sticks that are used for bowling balls, Sharpies, many different types of coloring systems and nothing looked right. A couple of times, I just ended up with a big mess.

I took my Meh trophy into Brian and pointed out the plaque on it and asked him how it worked.

He glanced at it and said "because that's plastic, not metal".

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit. This changes everything.

I went in search of gold on black plastic for etching. I found some sheets on Amazon, way to big for what I needed, but he could cut them down and I'd most likely never need to buy them again.

They're about 12" x 24", much too big for the Curio mat and he cut some to around 3" x 1", just for me to play with. And I finally had something I was happy with.

The best (and easiest, least labor intensive) instructions can be found at The Silhouette Tutor, Silhouette Curio Engraving. You need four things.

  • Contact paper
  • Curio
  • Engraving blank
  • Cutting tool

I bought a roll of transparent Contact paper from Amazon last year. This way, I can see the measured lines below. My blanks came as a sample kit from Johnson Plastics. I used the Chomas tool I got from Amazon last year.

Now, my reason for doing this was simple. I'm a Scapegoat Emeritus over in the forums on Meh.com.  Every month, a new goat is voted in. The scapegoat's job is to take the blame for things large and small  that go wrong in peoples' daily lives. My reign was December 2014. And the following year, all of the goats received a certificate of goathood and a goat trophy with our names and date of service engraved at the bottom. The engraving was done by hand.

It was so labor intensive, the guy who did it said he didn't want to do it any longer. So, my quest has been to find an easy way to do it. And I believe I've been successful. And to prove it, I made a trophy for him. I will be sending it to him this week.

For the moose, after many tests, I used five copies of the moose and on each one, I had used a different style of fill. I grouped them together. along with the text, and moved them to the spot on the mat where I had the media. (I used painter's tape to make sure the media would not move on the Contact paper.) I ungrouped them and sent them to etch, using two passes. So, the moose got ten passes with the tool (five moose graphics x two) and the text got two passes. It took about twenty-five minutes, most of that on the moose graphic. I was really, really happy with how it turned out.

etching    curio    craftstuff   

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10:12 AM - 02/11/2019

The topic: So, keeping busy


And I do have some good news. My surgery is scheduled for next month! They called on Wednesday. I finally figured out how to do the call forwarding from my cell phone so the calls ring here at home, even if I have the cell phone on. If I don't get to the cell quickly enough, it rings on the home line.

Which helps with the vet phone calls as well. For some reason, their calls to our home number don't come through, because of some conflict with the MagicJack. But when they call my cell and the calls are forwarded, the home line rings and the reception is perfect. Now I don't have to sit here with the cell on.

Anyway, Friday I went in for labwork and an EKG, this needs to be done a month before surgery. I don't know what they were thinking when they scheduled this. We had to go to two different clinics, across town from one another. I was told it would be 9:15 at one clinic, 10:30 at the other. Plenty of time. But then, on the email with the scheduling they sent, the time was 9:15 at one clinic, 9:40 at the other. Great. Not even thirty minutes between appointments.

We got to the first one early and I was done by 9:00. Nasal swab, checking for staph. Did you know that almost 85% of surgical staph infections come from the patient? Yowza! Then we left the clinic, got into the car (takes me longer than I like to lift that right leg in; even though the car isn't high, it's still work and painful) and instead of gettting on the freeway, I said "can't we just go down this street?" And we did. Drove down the main street of El Cajon, California. Brian pointing out landmarks that were no longer there from his childhood. It was a really nice little drive.

When we got to the second clinic, we got me checked in ($35 each for the tests) and we waited for a bit. (Because of how lab scheduling had been changed this past month, there was a wait time of an hour for people who were sent there from visits with their on premises doctors! I had appointments, so the wait was less than fifteen minutes.) Then they called me back, got the blood drawn (five or six vials), I got the EKG and home we came. When my blood was being drawn, it was explained why the visits to the two different clinics was necessary. They only test for staph at the othopedics clinic. The other clinic does the EKGs.

The results started to come in late afternoon Friday and they all seem pretty good. My pre-diabetic status is still pre-diabetic, but that will change when I'm finally able to start walking again and lose some weight.

But I'm hoping by the time the final season of Game of Thrones start, I'll be almost back to normal.


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10:03 AM - 02/11/2019

The topic: I have a bad feeling about Rocky


We took him in last Friday because he's still not pooping. Vet said keep giving him the hairball meds and give him fluids to help push the stool out.

He also has a snotty nose and is having a hard time swallowing. Could this be affecting his appetite? He's not eating. Nothing I put in front of him piques his interest. He's always been finicky and it's worse now. Because we can't medicate him, they were able to meds ordered from a compounding pharmacy for transdermal. All I'll have to do is rub it on the ear.

They called, we should have them in three to five days. I hope he's still with us when it gets here.

He also got x-rays, which didn't show anything bad inside. No masses or anything, just that little turd.

I'm giving him fluids, but it's obvious the process of urination is painful to him.

He's reminding me of Sagwa.

I did get some doxycycline into him this morning and he kept it down.

I'm afraid the crypto is at fault for this, I'm afraid it's gotten into his brain.

Could you keep a good thought for him? I'm really worried.

rocky    cryptococcus    catstuff   

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lisaviolet is sixty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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