Back From Sea
There will be a bit more delay for me returning to the shop, but these stones will be waiting for me to print when I do.
A bit more sailing in Yorktown, then exciting things coming from the Petrichor world!
Drawing while sailing around the San Blas Islands. These are studies for an upcoming portfolio of stone engravings/crayon stone drawings called “The Library”.
Anonymous asked: I have just bought a partially conditioned roller from Trilobite Workshop. Please could you tell me the best way to store it for two months. I would also be very grateful for any advice about scraping the roller down as at the moment I do not have a teacher to observe. Kind regards Pippa Mills
I try not to publish messages that I receive as a general rule, but I think this is the only way to get a response to this one-
It depends on what stage the roller is at in the conditioning process. If it is already in black ink and the nap is just being broken in, all you have to do is roll it up in some greasy roll up ink, then put a layer of crisco on it and wrap it up in plastic. That will guarentee nothing will happen to it. If you are in a humid climate, like Pennsylvania, you don’t even need to do that, just give it a healthy coating of roll up ink and wrap it up in wax paper and then either foil or plastic.
If the roller is not yet in ink and still going through the varnishes, then you have more of a problem, because you have to scrape and condition you roller consistently every day until you work through all the varnishes and get it into ink. If you let the varnish dry out, you will have to strip it out and start over when you have the time. Roller conitioning should take about two weeks until you get it to black ink. Never start conditioning a roller unless you know you will have access to it every day for that two weeks. If you check out the #rollerconditioning tag on my page it will have postings that go more in depth about conditioning techniques.
***Quick side note*** I’ll be sailing with the ship to the San Blas islands in Panama for the winter. It’s an extremely remote area and will not likely have communication capabilities starting the beginning of next week. Because if this my tumblr is going to be on a few month hiatus. If I don’t respond to messages, that is why and I’ll catch up on them when the boat gets back to Virginia in April.
Wire serving glamour shot
Wire serving marathon part III : packing and serving the eyes of the wire splices - shown is container of lanolin and fluid film A used to grease the wire.
Wire serving marathon part I : Alex packs the wire with lanolin (boiled sheep’s wool) and wraps up tightly with tape