Friday, January 11, 2008
Here's the other Valentine's Day pendant I made earlier this week. I'm sort of an armchair computer lover. I have a background in philosophy (my undergraduate degree) with some deductive logic and philosophy of math (I once spent an entire semester trying to prove that 1+1=2 - it was rough going), but I don't really have any programming knowledge beyond the BASIC I learned as a teenager. I've always found computer programming kind of interesting, though, and the Husband is quite computer literate. Anyway, I've been wanting to do something in binary code for a while, but I didn't know how to spell anything in binary. However, I did a search a few days ago and came up with a site that will translate ASCII into binary (and hex), for those of us who want to spend our recreation time translating random words into binary. So, here's my pendant - it spells "love", of course, with a heart in the middle replacing one of the zeros. I added a little red resin to the heart to give the pendant some color.
To be perfectly honest, I'm a little on the fence about this one. As I'm sure you can tell, I carved these numbers freehand. In the beginning, I thought rough-cut numbers would make a nice contrast to the somewhat sterile nature of the code. However, as with the maze pendant, I'm wondering if this would look better if I used the computer and had a rubber stamp cut to specifications. I may try it in the future. I'm also thinking of making one in hex (hex is so much shorter). Maybe next week.
Here's the other pendant I completed this week:
Yep, another amethyst pendant. This one is getting shipped off to California tomorrow to its new home. I have to say, I still really like these pendants - each one seems different to me, because the crystal structure in each of the tops is quite different. I wish I'd bought more of them, now...
I hope everyone has a great weekend! See you on Monday.