So, after every project metalworking or otherwise, I take the finished item to the altar to present to Arta and the many spirits in a semi-formal ritual to declare that ‘it is done,’ which is something that is integral to my smithing and leather-working. The items are presented to Arta to bestow blessings or other attributes and to give a formal send off to their permanent bearers.
I am tickled with the knives I’ve made so far – so sharp they cut cured saddle leather! The downside is my whetstone cracked – now I need a new one. So I used older methods for sharpening, which… I don’t like as much but it still makes one mean edge. This is for Dver – I hope you like your little knife, I have it’s twin and I love that little blade. It’s adorable and so workable.
And, my current project today is intended as an offering to a Goddess and Her attendants that I royally pissed off. I try not to – but, I’m a bear in a pottery barn sometimes and it happens anyway. It is an offering to Aphrodite to Her attendants the Graces as well as Her followers, a Greek shell that it tipped in 14 karat gold, with freshwater pearls, opal beads, and coral – all strung on the ‘G’ string from an acoustic guitar. I hope Her followers like it – I really hope SHE likes it. I hope the Graces like it. Shit – I just hope, ya know?
Here it is, all pink and naked: