Day 11: Creative Challenge

I have a weird fetish. I like make sterling silver balls from scraps of left over silver. I do it all the time. If I'm too tired to do anything productive in my workshop, I think...'I know, I'll make some silver balls'. There's something very satisfying about heating silver until it melts and then whipping the torch away at just the right time to get the shape you want. But I sense I haven't completely sold you on the project.

In any case, I find myself with a surplus of...you guessed it...silver balls.

I absolutely love making medallions too and today's creative effort combines my passions. Do you remember skipping from stone to stone as a child to cross from one side of a stream to the other? I remember how much fun that was. The stepping stones in this medallion remind me of those times. I can't help thinking that as adults we need more of this in our lives. But perhaps it's just me...

Scarlet's stepping stones medallion. Sterling silver with an antique patina.

Scarlet's stepping stones medallion. Sterling silver with an antique patina.

Opera singer and strange bedfellow, Kanen Breen, (of the legendary Helpmann's purple sequined jacket with matching purple glitter glasses) has been busy in his wardrobe. He's taken three white shirts and transformed them into a glorious pink collection. The dye he used is called rich red tulip, which strikes me as somewhat oversold - soft rose pink might be a more accurate description - but at least we can agree on a resemblance to one flower or another. He's going to look positively dishy in these sharp new threads.

Kanen's dyed shirts

Kanen's dyed shirts

Stephen Bennett is building some real momentum with his music composition. Here's what he had to say about today's creative effort...

"Guess what, writing a 4 part a capella piece for vocal ensemble is not as easy as it looks! The first travesty of an attempt was lost when my notation program crashed, so I started again and came up with this parody - Adversus solem ne loquitor. I've sung a lot of this type of music over the years, so I had a pretty good idea of the rhythmic look of the thing, but the harmonic structure is at present beyond me. I guess I'd better get out my Dulcie Holland harmony and counterpoint books and disabuse them of their virginal state.

My wife refused to pose with her mouth open above the music, so Chester's aid was enlisted to perform the function of a choral member. I think he did a pretty good impersonation."

I make no apology for my refusal to show you my tonsils, but our canine chorister looks good.

Steve's choral composition with canine chorister

Steve's choral composition with canine chorister