Sunday, July 27, 2008

Kitty Sitting

Ken and Julie went on vacation so I was in charge of feeding their kitties for them. It was no small task, as you can see they are ferocious!

Ok, so maybe they aren't vicious man-eating cats.

In fact Ling-Ling here is a sucker for kitty treats.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Today I wrapped and assembles and then:

The grinder.
If you hit the center disk or any part other than the steel brush on the piece you are grinding it dings it.

The candle holders before grinding.
Please note grinder does not fit inside feet or in small places.

Many expressive words and some time later they have been ground and are shiny and beautiful. I don't think I like whoever designed these. Maaaaanny expressive words, I even switched languages a couple of times.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Internship 7-11

I ground the weld marks off of 3 flying dragon clocks (which are super-amazing and shown on the left, I think they're one of my favorites) and sanded down the edges so those could be shipped out today. From there I ground about 30 wall clocks and edged those also. Julie sprayed them with clear coat once I was finished so they would be ready for shipping. I assembled and bubble wrapped the 3 clocks that were priority and then worked on getting all the previously finished and “painted” tabletop clocks wrapped up as well. It was a very productive day and while I doubt I can do more than four hours of grinding without my arm falling off I do think I’m getting better at knowing where to place the wire brush to get to certain spots. I also notice now when parts are missing and know which parts go to which clock. Baby steps people, baby steps

5 down.

25 to go. :]-

Friday, July 11, 2008


Today I used the steel brush grinder to take off the fire scale on several tubular wall sconces. Sound familiar? After that I went to work cleaning bars and grinded pieces cut out with the plasma cutter with the larger grinder. The larger hand held grinder has a more abrasive disk and puts a jazzy texture on the steel.

Internship Day One of JULY!

Julie and Ken were out of the shop today because they had to go on location for an installation so Suzi and I bubble wrapped like crazy! We assembled all the clocks that were finished and wrapped them up. After a brief disagreement with the tape dispenser we came to an understanding through compromise. I compromised I wouldn’t throw it out the window if it would just stop sticking to itself. So, after a harrowing day of bubble wrapping I didn’t know what to do with myself when I got home and could still feel my arms. So then I worked out and lifted weights. I crack myself up.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sherri's Artwork

This is a collection of pictures of different pieces I've made. Some recent and some from a few years ago. Unfortunately most of my work was given away or sold but this should give you an idea of the different areas that I have dabbled in.

Stained Glass

Welded Steel

Sterling Tea Infuser

Copper Candle Holder
(I think this was my very first metal piece)

My "Industrial Teapot"

I made a 30 piece dinner set in this glaze.

More Ceramics.

Mason stains and clear over glaze on a porcelain clay vessel

Oil on Canvas

This was shown at MD Art Place in the picture.

I did a set of 3 different oils for a friends kitchen.
The woman has a coffee addiction.

My felted purses.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

More Internship Fun.

We scrubbed the sanded, steel bars with Scotch Brite pads for a couple of hours. It's tedious, but you get to sit down and can hear the music playing since there's no machinery running. We had 16 slices of steel pipe to grind. Ken tried showing me an alternate way to grind. All I can say is Ken is obviously more skilled at that method and it made me feel like a color blind two year old trying to play Simon. ( If you don't know what that is look it up, I'm old. ) Needless to say, to each his own, I'll stick to the Julie method. After that we started learning packaging methods. I found this fun, like a puzzle to see how to get it packaged the most effectively. I am such a dork, but bubble wrap makes me happy.
By the way, I haven't had a day off in about three weeks. If I'm not at the Girardini's, I'm working at Safeway. Plus, I have pool league twice a week and that can run pretty late. I also babysat both my parents and my brothers houses and animals for the week they were on vacation. This is the first day off that I've had in FOREVER, and I'm a little unsure what to do. Just keep in mind that if I start not making sense, it's due to sleep deprivation. Stay tuned for more Keeping Up With The Interns.