Sep. 20th, 2010

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This is a test of the automatic cross-posting system. Had this been an actual post, it would have been followed by perfect silence, broken only by a faint, distant whistling noise.
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From the department of And Now This Is Happening: I've moved from LiveJournal to Dreamwidth. Thanks, [personal profile] chronographia! I suppose I need to update my official contact page again.

Things have been unexpectedly busy for the last couple of weeks. Some things sold on Etsy, which is nice, and then while I was processing those my aunt contacted me wanting some large fractal prints. That ended up being trickier than I might have liked, because it turns out there's hardly anyplace in town that will sell you 13x19-inch matte paper in reasonable quantities. It's either a giant expensive packet of incredibly high-end stuff, or nothing. Or you can order it online, and pay shipping, and wait. However, once I did finally get some that was workable, it turned out to be lots of fun printing things BIG. Now I need to get more ink.

In between all the printing and packing and shipping, I've been elbows-deep in spirographs. I had two new prototype gear-plates made at the end of August, and the plan was to get them tested and photographed and ready to go, so that I could add listings for them on the laser-cutting site. Now weeks have gone by, and I'm finally managing to make a little progress. I've been bouncing back and forth between the Scribbling-Engine and the old-school Spirograph, trying things with one and seeing how they translate into the other, hoping that some of them will also be suitable for the proposed new instruction book of designs.

Mostly today I was trying to make designs by drawing around the outside of a gear, as opposed to the inside of a ring. Outside patterns aren't as interesting as inside ones, generally. They're all pretty similar to one another, varying only in number of cusps and crossings. But some things can be done with repetition, and with changes of scale. It's quite a tricky design problem, actually. The set of conditions is incredibly limited, and limiting, and I'm trying to figure out if I can get results that are as interesting and varied as possible. When it goes well it's completely maddening, and when it goes badly it's much worse than that. So at least I'm kept entertained.

But I really do need to pry myself loose from the epicycles, and get some more damned things slung onto Etsy. It is horribly neglected.


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