Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

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And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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No, really. I mean that. Lacquer (and especially lacquer thinner) is REALLY nasty and shouldn't be used if you don't know what you're doing in a big way.
5th Mar 2007, 18:57   | tags:,

Stacy says:

The in-laws have a history of varnishing in an unventilated room to keep down the dust intrusion for the first couple hours. They are old-school and prefer the oil based varieties. Retraining the boy is proving a pain...

5th Mar 2007, 19:33

bronxelf says:

Well to be honest, for *many* applications, the oil based stuff does hold up better. (see:reason Im wearing a respirator now) But no ventilation? Fuck that. I'll deal with dust. Im not dealing with permanent neurological damage.

I have a window open in here and one in the bathroom where the (cleaned) brush is sitting.

5th Mar 2007, 19:37

think I could do with a respirator with all the brick dust and wood dust here at the moment :-(

5th Mar 2007, 20:24

bronxelf says:

I just had to put the brush out the window to air out cause the ventilation in the bathroom wasn't doing it.

5th Mar 2007, 20:37

Stacy says:

Oh, trust me, I totally understand the "oil works better" thing. But I also want enough neuro left to be able to recognize the difference by the time I'm done applying the finish!

6th Mar 2007, 17:41

bronxelf says:

Im not overjoyed with the finish, but there's inherent flaws in a brushed finish you dont get with a spray. it's also an odd shape, so the lacquer wants to waterfall over the curves.

6th Mar 2007, 17:44