Article: Spotlight: 1Anjl (Annmarie): making things

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By Nancy Polanski on November 15, 2010

I am pleased to bring 1Anjl into our Spotlight this week. Her All Things Hobby Cubit has something for everyone. Miniatures, woodworking, painting, puzzles, needlework.....I'll let her tell you herself!

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ImageLance
Nov 15, 2010 9:12 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Another wonderful Spotlight, Nancy, you two certainly have a knack for picking interesting people, and doing well written articles on them.
I also enjoy making and growing things, all sorts of things, so I can understand never being bored! As my son grows older, what we can do together naturally progresses. I have always enjoyed working with wood, and have made some things small enough to use toothpicks for dowels. I used a lot of toothpicks to make a rainstick out of bamboo and popcorn, with toothpicks glued into holes for the 'rain' sound effect. I think ceramics is my next challenge to learn, if I can find the time, of course. Making my own bowls and plates just sounds like a fun project.
I hope your life continues to be just busy enough you never get bored, and your desire for creativity keeps you exploring and making for a long time to come.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Image1AnjL
Nov 15, 2010 1:58 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Thanks Lance...now I'm interested in how to make that rain tick! Are you, or have you already done an article on it? I also do Native American bead weaving, but pottery & ceramics I have never really tried.
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ImageLance
Nov 15, 2010 3:24 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
The rain stick was not too difficult, just took a bit of time. First, you need to find a length of hollow tube - I used bamboo that was about 1.5 inches diameter. I used a metal rod to break through all of the compartment dividers inside the bamboo, so the popcorn or other hard item can go the whole way through. Next, I wound a piece of string around the bamboo in a spiral shape to mark where the holes go in some sort of pattern, although I think you could probably place them in any manner. Now comes the time consuming part - drilling a bunch of little holes and gluing in the toothpicks. I drilled holes every few inches, and in the one I made about 5 feet long it was a lot of holes. They also need to be spaced so the noise makers can fall through while striking the individual dowels. The holes need to be the same size as a toothpick or other small dowel. Cut the dowels so they are shorter than the diameter, maybe a little more than halfway across. Put some glue on their ends, the end that does not get pushed through, and push them into place flush. I think if glue were to coat the entire dowel, it might deaden some of the sound, but I am not sure. After everything is dried, fill with some popcorn, dried beans, or maybe even little bells - whatever you think will sound good. Glue a seal on both ends, such as a small wooden disk, and let that dry as well. Turn the stick over, and there you have it, tinkling sounds any time you want.
Let me know if you make one.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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Image1AnjL
Nov 15, 2010 4:18 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hurray! I have one I purchase (for a lot of money) at a pow wow here, but may be fun to make one for DGS, though I dont think I'll do one 5 feet long! Hilarious! I'll let ya know if I do one
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageLance
Nov 15, 2010 4:58 PM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
It was a walking rain stick, with the idea it would make music as you walked. It never did get used for that, though, as the recipient prefers to just turn it around occasionally.
You can put this on your hobby cubit, if you want to, or I might get to it someday. Rolling my eyes.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes

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