Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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The mirror project proceeds apace.

1. First, I created a pattern on paper that indicates the shape of the
missing glass. I then attached the paper to a 1/4" sheet of luon.

2. Then, whilst watching episodes of Battlestar Galactica (thank you,
Sillydrow and Misha for tivoing it for me, and Daniel, as always, for
rocking the socks off of everyone.) I cut the desired shape out, with my
trusty lockback boxcutter. (greatest. Idea. ever.) The parts you see sticking up are just the paper-- the actual luon underneath is flat.

3. I sanded the bottom and side edge of the cut piece, so it would fit more
precisely into the desired space, (it doesn't matter much elsewhere) and
fitted it into the hole, where it was then secured with glue.

This week I'll drag out my tile nippers and my Big Box o Glass.
3rd Apr 2006, 03:23   | tags:,,,

bronxelf says:

It's sort of like a plywood? it's got 2 outer sheets of veneer, and in the middle it's like this wood amalgam, likely made of sawdust and spit or something.

3rd Apr 2006, 05:36

Uber_Spy says:

Love DIY! Are those fairy lights hanging from your ceiling?

3rd Apr 2006, 20:33

bronxelf says:

They are and they fade in and out, too. Very slowly. But that's really a half finished project. I keep meaning to finish it-- Im meant to hang fabric covered frames from the ceiling so that you don't see all the wires and lights anymore-- just the patterns and shadows they make on the fabric.

3rd Apr 2006, 20:34

Uber_Spy says:

Hmmm...sounds GREAT! I always wanted to hang a bare branch from the ceiling and wrap that in fairy lights. Now I just need to find a ceiling of my own...

3rd Apr 2006, 20:45

bronxelf says:

and a swing. You must have a swing.

High ceiling. :)

3rd Apr 2006, 20:48

Uber_Spy says:

Oooooh YES!!! A SWING!! Fairy lights + branches have taken on whole nother dimension! I likey!

3rd Apr 2006, 23:33

bronxelf says:

It's completely doable, engineering wise but you need good ceiling clearance,

4th Apr 2006, 02:45