Cord made from waxed cotton using a kumihimo loom, silver fittings from wire, sheet and tube, and ‘tooth’ carved from tagua nut.
While in SwitzerFrance I was part of a CERN Robotics Club mission to send a helium balloon and sensor package (well, android phone) to the edge of space. Buy me a sandwich some time and I’ll regale you with the tale of the truly epic recovery mission, diagrammed below. To commemorate, I etched copper ‘mission badge’ keyrings for the four co-conspirators.
I’ve also included pics of a pendant with the Swiss mountains, CERN logo and date, for a friend who went home early.
This was one off the fiddliest things I’ve ever made. It took about 20 mins to cut and shape all of the pieces, then approximately THREE HOURS to solder it all together. I foolishly only have one grade of solder, so the old joints would fall apart as soon as the new would flow. I very, very nearly gave up but stepped back, took a deep breath and tried again, and I’m so glad I did. 60th birthday present for an awesome aunt.
The second pair took 3 hours to make two – using solder paste instead of chips has made a massive difference. I love the way the open wirework came together.