Monday, January 7, 2013

Building A Quiet Tumbling Fortress

Several artisan friends in a jewelry group I'm a member of raising a concern about tumbler may be too loud for daily use in their thin walled apartments. It got me thinking.. I have a single barrel durabull tumbler with a plastic barrel to tumble my jewelry that is not quiet by any means but it's also not obnoxiously loud. The rhythmical swish swish sound does not bothering me or any other family members in my house although I usually have the bathroom door closed, where the tumbler is, if I want to watch TV that's about 10 ft away from the tumbler so I can listen to the show better.

I visited Menards today and found this set of 4 of colorful puzzle foam mat for $7.99. Each is 18" x 18". My tumbler is currently housed inside a cube organizer inside my bathroom. I measured out the inside dimension of the cube organizer and cut my foam to fit as a door. The photos below will explain the steps better.

Tools and materials:
- (2) 18" x 18" puzzle foam mats
- box cutter
- ruler
- sharpie/pen
- cutting mat

The steps:
1. I measured my foam mat and drew the guide lines using a sharpie at the back of the mat. I combined 2 colors for a little style and function that will be explained on step 3.

2. I cut the foam and removed the "ears" at the bottom of the puzzle so every side will be straight. I did this on top of a cutting mat to protect my floor.

3. I separated the puzzle and cut a little piece of one of the "ears" of the green mat that's big enough for my finger to get in. This is so my finger can pull out this door as it will be very snug fit to the cube.

4. I also cut a solid piece of foam of the same size to line the back of my cube as my organizer doesn't have any backing. I snipped a little section on the corner so my cable can get through. I also cut a mat for my tumbler to rest on. You can sorta see it on the picture, the backing foam is blue.

5. With 3 sides covered in foam, my tumbler is pretty quiet now! WAAAAY quieter than it's without any sound blocker. I usually hear the sound of tumbling very clearly from 10 ft away. Now, it's very very faint you have to stop the music to hear it.

If your tumbler isn't conveniently stored inside a cube organizer like mine, you can make a sound blocker/fortress for your tumbler by gluing 4 pieces of solid foam together to form a cube of the size of your tumbler, with one of the corner snipped off for cable to get through. Cover your tumbler while it's running with your homemade foam cube.

I bet it will be very quiet, quite possibly quieter than mine as I have 2 sides with no foam walls. I spent only $4 to build this. the other 2 puzzle foam mats are untouched.

I'm very happy with this!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Celebrities Photographed with Popnicute Jewelry

The end of 2012 is coming fast and I'd like to do a recap of the events I've done with The Artisan Group since the beginning of the year.

On March 2012, I designed this Heart of Drew necklace to be sent to Drew Barrymore, the actress/producer/voice actor/director. It was my first heart design that incorporated creative framing with piercing designs all over it. Also my first heart with beaded chain necklace. I love this design!

Heart of Drew necklace for Drew Barrymore is part of Popnicute Hearts collection

On June, The Artisan group represented Popnicute at GBK Luxury Gift Lounge for this red carpet event, The 2012 MTV Movie Awards. Popnicute made 6 different designs for Batik Glam Collection to go inside the celebrity gift bags, among them is this Slave Bracelet that Allison Holker was photographed with. Miss Holker kindly sent this photo through her twitter account. She's a really sweet person! We chatted for a bit. Read more celebrity tweets from the events.

Allison Holker in Slave Bracelet by Popnicute. She calls it her "hand candy" :)

Next event was creating this bold Mother of Pearl necklace for Vanessa Lachey on July 2012. She was expecting her first baby with Nick Lachey and I thought mother of pearl would be a perfect jewelry for her. This design was simple but pretty striking. Definitely one of a kind.

Mother of pearl necklace by Popnicute for Vanessa Lachey

On September 2012, about 60 members of The Artisan Group sent their items to the stylist of Pretty Little Liars, a fashionable hit TV show from the ABC Family, for consideration of making an appearance in the show. I made this Rockstar necklace, a very bold and substantial necklace, designed with the lead characters in mind. I'm still waiting to hear if my necklace would make it into the show. Wish me luck! One day my jewelry will be featured in a TV show!!

Rockstar necklace by Popnicute for Pretty Little Liars, ABC Family's hit TV show

On October 2012, another chance to be in a TV show came up. This time, it was for The Vampire Diaries. We sent our items to Leigh Leverett, the stylist of the hit TV show, for consideration of being used in the show. About 13 members out of 80 who participated at this event were already notified that their items got chosen and will be used in certain episodes. How exciting! I'm still waiting for the good news!! I made this Spellbound necklace with Bonnie character in mind.

Spellbound necklace by Popnicute created for The Vampire Diaries, a hit TV show from The CW Network.

On November 2012, here came The 46th Annual Country Music Awards. Our products were represented by The Artisan group and displayed at the backstage, the official gift lounge for the award show! This is huge! 56 well known and A-list artists and performers of The CMA Awards were gifted the celebrity bags, as well as several executives of The ABC networks and CMA Awards. Among the celebrity recipients are Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood, just to name a few. The complete celebrity list can be read in my post about Country Music's Biggest Night. Here below are photos from the award show.

Vince Gill is photographed with Popnicute jewelry, the Shield necklace

 Jenee Fleenor, Blake Shelton's fiddle and guitar player, 
tweeted this picture of her wearing Moon necklace by Popnicute. 
In fact all of these jewelry she's wearing were from TAG celebrity bag 
that she received backstage at The 46th Annual CMA Awards.

On December 2012, Popnicute's Diadema necklace was selected by Audrey Fisher, the costumer designer of True Blood, to appear in HBO's hit TV show in Season 6. What an honor! I will update once I know what episode and who will be wearing Popnicute's Diadema necklace.

Read Popnicute's Press Releases:

Let me be the first to say, have a wonderful holiday, everyone! CHEERS!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

DIY Bench Pin Stand

I bought a vintage roll top desk a few months ago to use as my work desk. It's made of solid wood and really heavy. I had a handmade bench pin clamped on the table lip. I didn't know better and it was apparently too low for comfort for piercing. I was ready to spend on a lower chair but then the idea hit me. I could just raise my bench pin instead.

So today I visited a hardware store looking for a couple of L-brackets. My idea was to attach two L-brackets to a pice of wood and screw in my bench pin on top of it. But at the store, I found something better that requires less work! In the roofing section, I found this C-bracket made of aluminum (i think), heck if I know what the actual use of it, but it was perfect for my need. It would give my bench pin a 5.5 inch raise to a more comfortable height for sawing. I paid only less than $5 for the bracket.

testing the positioning

What you need:
- wood screws
- a screwdriver
- a drill
- bench pin
- C-bracket
- scrap wood
- C-clamp

I ended up using only one of these small screws and used another two longer ones.

Step by step:

1. Bottom up, position where you want to bolt your bench pin and make a mark to drill. You screw should be smaller than the thickness of the pin so it doesn't shoot through the wood.

2. Place your bracket and screw it in. Please disregard the photo and only screw in the hole on the far back.

3. Cut a piece of scrap wood in the length of the bracket, in my case, it was 5.5 inch. The purpose of this is to give more stability to the stand. By its own, the stand is somewhat bouncing around as I saw.

4. I drilled the holes on both bench pin and wood stick and used a longer screw to bolt it down from top and bottom. Use flat top screw and make sure you have nothing sticking out so it won't be a nuisance when you're sawing a bigger piece.

5. Use a C-clamp to clamp this stand on the table.

All in all, I spent less than 5 minutes to build this stand.

Let me know if it works for you too. Have fun piercing!