so i had to come up with a gift idea for my friend fran. i called my brother, the plumber/metal artist and asked him if he'd make a fire pit for her. he said, "why don't you come over, use the plasma cutter and make it yourself." a chance to play with the plasma cutter...whoo hoo, you bet i snapped up that opportunity!!
it was soooooooo much fun! for those of you who don't know what a plasma cutter is, it is a tool used to cut steel and other materials; they work by sending an electric arc through a gas that is passing through a constricted opening, then the air blows the molten steel out of the way and cools it at the same time.
the design isn't completely cut out, it's connected to the tank in a couple of places and then the top of the tree is bent forward some. you can either put a small fire in it or one of those super huge candles with the 6 wicks, then the fire will show through the cut design and illuminate it! oh it was so amazing! so much fun! there are more pictures from yesterday on my flickr page, like that of the fire pit that i made for myself with stars and moons, so check those out.
fran is going to love this!!
and i love getting to use the cutter, definitely something i will be bugging my brother to use again.
so the rest of memorial day weekend was great. i have a clean porch that i can eat lunch and dinner on, i planted, i read, i relaxed; it was glorius. i did do dye painting on fabric with my niece on saturday, but it got so hot that we gave up the ghost and headed to my parents place on the lake. much cooler, much more fun! i'll post pictures from the lake to flickr later as well as hobbit land pictures (i'll explain about hobbit land in another post, this one is already long enough).