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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This is the same piece of the table pictured earlier. Progress continues. *hopefully* I can get this section finished tonight. Overall the finish is fine. It's not perfect- I'm not using a spray booth and these are *FAR* from ideal conditions. I can see some imperfections, and to be honest there's at least 2 small cat hairs that are in there. Considering I have five cats here, I can live with those odds.

But I doubt anyone but me is going to examine this thing closely enough to complain and since I have no intentions of ever selling the table it doesn't matter.

I still have another few coats to put on the top edge of this section (which will be the bottom of the table when finished) before switching to the other piece of the table(which hasn't been touched yet, as evidenced by the matte finish.). With luck, nothing will go horribly wrong and I can get to that part tomorrow.

9th Mar 2007, 20:33   | tags:,

Sprocket says:

It's looking very shiny. What condition is the glass top in?

I'm off to Camden market next weekend on a furniture hunt - however I have very slim hopes of finding a designer bargain.

9th Mar 2007, 22:32

bronxelf says:

the top is fine. It has one small chip on an edge that if I really wanted to, I could get taken out. But I'll leave it.

9th Mar 2007, 22:42

Sprocket says:

It's going to look so good with a take-out Starbucks and a box of Krispy Kremes on it on a Sunday morning.

9th Mar 2007, 22:44

bronxelf says:

Please. I cook my own breakfast. It would take me forever to go to sbux, dunkin donuts (no KK nearby) and get all the way home.

And eggs benedict with fresh hollandaise tastes better.

9th Mar 2007, 22:51

Sprocket says:

Well, I always give myself a break from the the fruit & yog once a week. Oh that sugar rush tomorrow is going to be sooooo sweeet.

9th Mar 2007, 23:47

Tori says:

I don't like donuts, but I like eggs benedict.

10th Mar 2007, 05:51

bronxelf says:

In a comparison, the eggs win hands down.

10th Mar 2007, 05:52

silar31 says:

I'd happily settle for a real, fresh NYC bagel with a smear of cream cheese and a glass of juice and cup of tea, but then, I can't eat eggs at breakfast :-).

10th Mar 2007, 06:44

Sprocket says:

So the fate of the doughnut industry lays heavily on my shoulders alone? It's a burden, but I shall do my utmost to keep them afloat.

10th Mar 2007, 07:59

Dhamaka says:

Sprocket - as a matter of interest what happened to your Lent resolution? Or was that just chocolate?

10th Mar 2007, 08:01

Sprocket says:

hello!!!! I only gave up chocolate!!!!

crisps, cake, chips and doughnuts may all still pass my lips with no guilt whatsoever.

10th Mar 2007, 08:24

Dhamaka says:


10th Mar 2007, 08:58

Sprocket says:

always have a getout clause - that's my motto.

10th Mar 2007, 15:51

Dhamaka says:

really looking forward to seeing the refinished product

oh and I like your new avatar

10th Mar 2007, 20:00

bronxelf says:

Me too, but it's going to take a while. This last spot on the piece I've been working on needs another few coats and a color touchup. I'llput another coat on in an hour.

Going to get wash from the dryer now.

10th Mar 2007, 20:02

Dhamaka says:

you have the patience of a saint

10th Mar 2007, 20:03

bronxelf says:

In all honesty, this is the basis of restoration. I am not a patient person by nature. But I recognize that no one can control how long things take to dry. And you can either do a poor job, or a good job. Fast and good rarely go together in the same basket, and never in restoration. There is no such thing as a "good quick fix". There's a quick fix, and a good fix.

This finish *is not* perfect. The ones that come from the factory are perfectly finished (by machine) and are sprayed. Even if I only sprayed it, it would be better. But I don't have access to a spray booth without it being a significant pain in the ass, so a brushed finish it shall be.

This has only taken me a week. People that make musical instruments take months. If I wanted a perfect finish I could get one. I just dislike working with wood and avoid it when I can (I work much better with metals and ceramics.) so I am willing to deal with the inherent imperfections of a one week-per-piece job done under (significantly) less than ideal conditions.

I may be a perfectionist, but I am a stone cold pragmatist first, last and always. This will be good enough for me, though I will always point out it's not by any means a perfect finish.

10th Mar 2007, 20:15

Dhamaka says:

but better than most mere mortals could do nonetheless

10th Mar 2007, 20:16

bronxelf says:

Ha. Don't be silly. If I want to find someone who could do this better, I look no farther than Mike, who is MUCH more talented at this kind of work than I am. But I thank you all the same. :)

10th Mar 2007, 20:19

Dhamaka says:


10th Mar 2007, 20:19