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Late in the event, one of the ladies from Ildhafn mentioned disappointment at not being able to find a suitable pennannular brooch at the market, so I popped up behind her and said 'if you come over to the forge I'll make you one now', chopped up some fine silver wire, and after a sequence of hammering and annealing, sold her a brooch based on some I saw in the viking exhibition that came through sometime 2006 ish - simple square twist and curl ends, about 20mm diameter.

I liked it so much, I promptly made two more, one for sale and one to give away. Photos here

Date: 2010-02-10 06:29 am (UTC)
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The girlfriend looking over my shoulder declared, "Oooo...pretty! Want! Don't know when I'll use it, but want! Where is he located?"

Me: "Guess."
GF: "San Francisco?"
Me: "HA! You should be so lucky."
GF: "LA? We're going there in March, you know."
Me: "A bit farther."
GF: "*sigh* It's New Zealand, isn't it? Goddammit."

Obviously, if we can work out the Black Blood of the Earth/Stein of Science to silverwork exchange rate, we can go off the dollar standard.

Date: 2010-02-10 06:37 am (UTC)
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They're small enough to post easily. Do they let BBotE through customs...?

Date: 2010-02-10 06:47 am (UTC)
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If you put it your checked luggage maybe. Otherwise, the shipment of liquids by mail is somewhere on the spectrum of extremely strongly discourage to outright VERBOTEN. Packages of the size/weight of a BBotE three pack are ~US$140 for shipping, according to UPS, which is comparable to shipping to NZ or England.

The reason I know all this is because I have a friend in Sydney getting married in June who would like some of the wares of St. George Spirits and they have no distributor in Oz. I sent him a care package of booze to the Astrophysics Dept. at Exeter when he was there marked as "Scientific Glassware". Got there no questions asked, but it was expensive.
Edited Date: 2010-02-10 06:48 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-10 10:33 am (UTC)
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And I'm still in love with mine, and by extension you. Only in a not creepy way, honest ;-P

I keep going "Squee!!!"


Date: 2010-02-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
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No problem. Besides, I've never had anyone in love with me in a creepy way. I've been in love in/target of love in crushy/clumsy/adolescent ways, but not creepy ways, yet:-)

Besides, you covet me for my abilities with stuff only, I'm sure.


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