Sunday, April 22, 2007

Dream Focusing Device, done at last!

Dream Focusing Device, Judith Hoffman, brass and sterling silver, 5.75 x 8 x 6.25 inches, fabricated. How to use the DFD: Exposing the Dream Focusing Device to moonlight during the full moon activates the metallic priciples in the instrument. It will focus dreams for 28 days after a 2 to 3 hour exposure, but will lose power slowly over that period of time. Short exposures to moonlight throughout the month will recharge the metallic principles. Recharging can occur on cloudy nights, although the time needed will increase with the amount of cloud cover.

Dream Focusing Device, back, Judith Hoffman, brass and sterling silver, 5.75 x 8 x 6.25 inches, fabricated. See a larger version of both images on Flickr.

At last it's done. I love the way things go together quickly in the end. I often feel I'm plodding along, not making much progress in the middle of a project. Then suddenly, all the parts are ready to be riveted together, and the last stage goes quickly.

What's next? Maybe a little box that is a kind of cabinet of curiosities. Or a tooth icon. Or another brass camera. I also have a James Castle blog entry close to being ready to publish, and I am working on a riveting tutorial for my web site. This one will be on making rivets with brass or copper wire.


KHB said...

That's really beautiful - and intriguing. I'd like to pick it up and play with it. :)

I saw your mention of James Castle and it piqued my interest. My book arts prof, Tom Trusky, is a James Castle scholar. Are you acquainted?

(Came to your site via the Book Arts Classifieds, btw. Thanks for advertising! I love to find other people who blog about bookmaking, even though I don't do it that often - yet.)

Judith Hoffman said...

Thanks for the great comment. I don't really know Tom Trusky, I emailed him while reading his James Castle biography and got a very nice reply. Very good book, too.

Elaine Kerr said...

Frustrated metal worker, here, who could really use a riveting tutorial. Thank you (in advance).