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tisdag 4 juli 2017

Getting Married in Paris...

We had a really nice wedding in Paris, with family and friends. The rain was pouring down heavily on that day, but the rain stopped just in time for our wedding to start! And that night the skies had cleared, so we could have a lovely evening at the restaurant Chez Francis. The dress, arrived at the hotel on the 28th of June, just three days prior to our Wedding Day. And fit just perfectly. I did hair and make-up myself, and I think I looked just fine! 

The 501st, French Garrison, standing honorguard, keeping the peace of the Galaxy!

We are so happy with how everything worked out, and a special thanks to the 501st. We wouldn't have felt safe without you! <3 

tisdag 13 juni 2017

Bygga R2D2 i fullskala...

Har påbörjat ett nytt projekt nyligen, som vi ser fram emot att slutföra. Nämligen att bygga en 1:1 skala Astromech droid, R2D2 i fullstorlek med ljud, ljus, rörelser mm som ska vara en replika av R2D2 från Star Wars filmerna!

Bakgrunden till projektet kommer ifrån att vi besökte spelmässan Nordsken den 25:e maj och träffade en Astromech byggare, Thomas Ira Nixon och fick se hans bygge. Efter det har vi fått inspiration att påbörja vårt eget bygge, som ett roligt familjeprojekt.

http://makingr2d2.blogspot.se/ här är vår byggblogg för projektet! "Vi" som bygger är Helene Geelnard och Olof Geelnard,

Rent generellt kan man säga att all information som behövs för projektet finns att tillgå via Astromech R2D2 builders club, forum http://astromech.net/forums/forum.php där man är välkommen att bli medlem. Som medlem kan man få del av andras tips på sina byggen, eftersom inga R2D2 är direkt identiska med varandra, men i byggforumet kan man ändå få många tips på hur andra har gjort. Man kan välja mellan olika byggmaterial och byggtekniker, och det finns många olika tekniska lösning för styrning, ljud och ljus i enheten.

Vi har skaffat en 3D printer och börjat med en del detaljer, vi har nyligen monterat ihop ljus, LED från R2D2:s front PSI, rear PSI, front logic och rear logic displays på huvudet, men väntar på juli då vi eventuellt får tillgång till att beställa en aluminium dome i rätt format. Vi kommer att bygga skelettet/ramen i trä, och utgår då ifrån klubb-specifika ritningar.

Det är fantastiskt roligt projekt eftersom det innefattar så många olika delar och vi ser fram emot byggprocessen!

måndag 8 maj 2017

Making Mokume Gane Weddingrings...

We got married on the 4th of May (May the fourth) and went to Netherlands to make our own unique wedding bands together with a goldsmith located in Hertogenbosch (den bosch). We had found her off the internet through her website, http://www.metalartcreations.nl/

Part of the fun and excitement of making your own wedding or engagement rings is customization, so you can select materials and styles that are perfect for you.  Different styles require different amounts of time and effort to create. Mokume is an ancient Japanese technique of fusing distinct layers of precious metals, then forming them to create beautiful patterns. Mokume gane wedding rings must be created by hand, so each pair is unique!

Mokume Gane is a traditional way of working metals that originated in Japan and was used to adorn the hilts of swords in 17th century Japan,

We arrived to Birgit Doesborgs werkwarenhuis, at 10.00 on Friday morning the 5th of May.

After a short introduction and coffee we were ready to get to work, and Birgit Doesborg showed us how to proceed with each part of the procedure to making the rings. And then we got to try and replicate the procedures together with Birgit.

After working the Mokume, it has to be reheated to get back the gold and silvers inherent properties of being soft. After working the metal it hardens, which is actually the opposite reaction to working with iron. Iron for example is hammered hot, and hardens in cold water, as to gold and silver which is hammered cold, but soften in the heat and cold water rinse.

Here I am trying my hand on the mokume metal strip.

Later in the procedure we cut the metal to the correct length after careful measure, and could start forming the rings.

Here is a simple form of a mokume gane ring. We of course had more plans as we wanted to mount this ring on top of our 18K golden engagement rings!

Here I am admiring the pattern of the ring.

Our engagement rings were carefully placed inside and fitted together with the Mokume!

We really wanted our engagement rings to transform into our wedding rings, and not have separate rings for both occasion. We also thought that it was a beautiful transformation, just as marriage transform a relationship. That´s why we chose to use our engagement rings as a liner/lining inside of the new ring!

On the picture you can see how we have done some work on them to file the metal down to a more flat surface before placing the Mokume on top of the them.

There were a lot of work that went into fitting them nicely, and it is to much to show here in this blog. But this is a picture of our finished results. 

What we love about Mokume, is the fact that the same metal goes into both rings, so they have similar patterns. They are literally made from the same piece! Birgit Doesborg is an excellent goldsmith and we recommend this experience for couples who are interested in different kinds of handcraft. 

Making our own rings together is a memory that will last a lifetime!

fredag 6 januari 2017

Förlovade: Olof Geelnard och Helene Öhman

Paret vill härmed tillkännage sin förlovning och avsikt att ingå äktenskap med varandra. Olof Geelnard och Helene Öhman förlovade sig den 31/12 2016, Luleå.

And then it is always time for this timeless classic...