Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.

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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the problem with fragility.

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6th May 2009, 14:51   | tags:,,,,

crickson says:

Oh no! : (

6th May 2009, 14:55

shit indeed! This one is/was stunning!

6th May 2009, 14:57

bronxelf says:

I was so close, too.

6th May 2009, 15:09

Wendle says:

When seeing that last shot, my reaction was a little stronger than 'shit'! :(

6th May 2009, 15:41

bronxelf says:

I wasn't thrilled either, but after a while you get used to it happening.

The shell was SO thin from all the dye- so much thinner than an ordinary eggshell, this wasn't entirely surprising.

6th May 2009, 15:44

Stacy says:

OMG, Elf. i can't even begin to imagine trying to paint edges like that. Are you makin' folk come pick them up? How are you going to ship stuff like this?!

6th May 2009, 15:59

bronxelf says:

The thing is this photo is SO close up... The edges were REALLY nice.

I'll ship em. lots of bubble wrap.

6th May 2009, 16:00

yourhermione says:

I'm assuming there isn't anything you can change about the dye baths so it doesn't get so thin?

6th May 2009, 16:29

bronxelf says:

No. The way dyeing eggs works is because of the vinegar involved, which increases the porosity of the shells but also eats away at them. I'd need a full on black dye, which I don't have here.

6th May 2009, 16:42

bronxelf says:


That link will show you how I made the holes (with photos, even.)

6th May 2009, 16:57

bronxelf says:

I'd be touching up the black. And then leafing the red parts in 22k.

6th May 2009, 17:03

beth says:

did i already suggest Indian Ink? Would that make any difference?

6th May 2009, 17:59

bronxelf says:

I just don't *have* any, which is the issue. Honestly Im trying to use what I've got- I don't really charge enough for these to do too many supply runs.

6th May 2009, 18:02

beth says:

ah fair enough, I've no ideas of the actual properties of indian ink.

6th May 2009, 18:06

bronxelf says:

Oh it will work, so long as you mix it with hot water and vinegar.

6th May 2009, 18:06

very informative link, thankyou.

6th May 2009, 18:23

bronxelf says:

Weclome ;)

6th May 2009, 18:24

Puddikat says:

: (

6th May 2009, 20:17

Viv says:

Beyond endurance!

9th May 2009, 16:11