Sirius the starling is cuddly sometimes.

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A new craft fair coming up!

Come see me on

Saturday, July 25, 2015

from 1 pm to 6 pm

at the Minnehaha Free Space!

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I will have jewelry and stuff!

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Latest crowns

My latest batch of wire-wrapped adjustable crowns.

Made with stainless steel, sterling silver, brass, copper, and a variety of rough stones, including rough citrine, amethyst and clear quartz points, rough garnet dodecahedrons, and iridescent (titanium-coated) quartz points… as well as a variety of polished beads, including round garnet, round amethyst, pearl, faceted oval champagne topaz, faceted teardrop clear quartz, faceted irregular rutilated quartz, and faceted hexagonal cherry quartz.

These ones are not currently up for sale at http://www.theheathersmith.combecause I’m saving them for a local craft fair. Other crowns are up there, though, and several more like these are up for auction at Convergence this weekend!

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Took a few videos of Sirius the Starling.

Some pretty Sirius the Starling pictures

 

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He was looking very shiny.

Candy Sushi!

Another snack at my birthday party! Candy sushi, made from a Rice Krispie bar mixture, wrapped around Twizzlers and Swedish Fish, and covered in Fruit Roll-Ups.

 

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Crystal Cake!

I made myself this cake for my birthday. It has four layers, poured one on top of the next and baked together: white, yellow, light chocolate and dark chocolate. (Since it’s rock-themed, I wanted it to look a bit like geological strata.)

After baking the cakes themselves, I coated the tops with melted chocolate chips, and set the crystals!

They are sugar crystals, created by dissolving tons of sugar in a bit of water on the stove

, adding food coloring, and letting it sit in bowls for a few days, until a crust of rock candy had formed over the surfaces of the bowls. (I had been hoping to make geodes, and I’d lined the bowls with lightly greased aluminum foil, but unfortunately nothing crystallized on the insides of them.)

Candle pics by Trini Tran, who attended my birthday party on the 6th. (I use votives and base 10 math for my birthday candles. 3 candles on one cake + 4 candles on the other cake = I am 34 years old.)

 

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Back from Chicago!

John took me to Chicago for the week of my birthday! It was really cool. I will be posting lots of pictures.

Here are a few from the time we spent walking around in parks and stuff. There is really weird cool outdoor art there!

 

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Vulcan priestess cosplay

 

Fun fact about me: Of all the species in Star Trek, I’ve always identified most with the Vulcans. There was definitely a period of time in my teens and young adulthood when I considered myself Vulcan-kin (Vulkin? Anyway I didn’t have a word for it at the time, being an 80’s and 90’s kid). And even though I don’t describe it that way now, I still feel some sort of deep kinship with them.

My fascination with Vulcans led to my fascination with finding ways to make the human ears appear pointed, and eventually to my fascination with making “elf earrings” that bend the ear tips into points when worn.

http://www.erikahammerschmidt.com/jewelry/category/elfear/

But the reason they’re elf earrings, and not Vulcan earrings, is because they wouldn’t work for cosplaying most Vulcans from canon. I certainly can’t imagine Spock wearing them, or any Starfleet Vulcan, for that matter. They just don’t fit with the general air of calm professionalism.

And yet there is an area of Vulcan life where such illogical adornments don’t seem totally out of place. I refer, of course, to ceremonial garb, worn by priestesses and other participants in archaic Vulcan rituals.

We don’t know exactly WHY these logical people have so many ceremonies shrouded in antiquity, let alone why they attend them dressed up in extravagant gold and gemstones. But they certainly do. Though Vulcan priestesses haven’t been shown actually wearing ear jewelry of this sort, it fits surprisingly well with the style of what they do wear.

So here’s my own take on the Vulcan ceremonial outfit. The robe, sleeves and headdress are a thrift store gown, window curtain and shawl. The inscription, taken from canon Vulcan clothing, is made of brass wire and sewn on.

The crown, inspired by T’Lar in “The Search For Spock,” is made of brass wire, copper wire, garnet and glass beads, and clear quartz points, while the IDIC pendant is brass with a garnet bead. The shoes were already perfect when I found them at the thrift store. The elf earrings (now Vulcan earrings) are brass with garnet and glass beads to match the crown.

And no, I will not take off my glasses for this costume. Visual impairment does seem to be uncommon among Vulcans, but I’m sure it still happens sometimes. And, as a desert species, I think they would find it quite logical to treat it using a method that also provides protection against sand, dry air, and the ultraviolet rays of the sun.

Come to think of it, maybe I should invest in some of those Transitions lenses.

 

 

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Sirius mumbling and cuddling

Sirius the starling is really cute when he snuggles against my neck and mumbles sweet baby talk in my ear.