Sunday, November 11, 2007


Tools...I just think they are the best...especially hand tools. I am particularly drawn to measuring devises ( like vintage folding rulers with brass hinges )...beveled protractors...and level vials. A level vial can symbolically represent so many things: water...motion...a state of balance...being centered...being level...being on the level...or being level headed. It's also just fun and hypnotizing to watch the little bubble go back and forth. In this country it is just about impossible to find small acrylic level vials with clear fluid. They are all filled with dayglow green or yellow...not really my cup of tea. I have to drill a small hole in the end, use a syringe to suck out all the fluid, replace the fluid with clear oil and then epoxy the hole. Quite an ordeal. Sometimes for larger work I order glass vials with clear fluid from a guy in Scotland (he has over 10,000 vials). Some are as long as 7 inches with a slight that's a thing of beauty!!

AT EYE LEVEL is a photo-etched sterling silver play on words. This pin measures 2.25 inches tall by 2.25 inches wide and is also available as a neckpiece. I promise that wearing this piece will help keep you on the level and centered!!

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