Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stiff - Another edition of the Inspired By Reading Book Club

I’m back!
It was an amazingly busy summer with many successful fairs and the Farmers Market in Southampton.
The most stressful event was the sale of my house and temporary move to a small cottage. We are so lucky to have neighbors offer us their summer cottage.

I’ve missed a few challenges and book club hops, but am ready to jump back in with a short post.

In August, the Inspired By Reading Book Club, hosted by Andrew Thornton, read Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, by Mary Roach.  Actually, I listened to most of it. I love audio books while working.

According to Amazon “Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem.” I found the book to be very entertaining and informative. As usual, I had notes on many sections, but the discussion on the need to use cadavers in addition to crash test dummies, struck a personal note. In particular the explanation of how cars have changed over the years and how hoods are now made to just fold up like an accordion.  Friends will recall the time I literally drove my car under a school bus, and, yes, the hood crumpled up to the windshield so there was no impact.

So how I do I portray that in a piece of jewelry? ---  Fold-formed copper, of course.
Have I ever used that technique???
nah –

Thanks to Kim St. Jean’s video, I came up with this bracelet, which was purchased last week!     

I love the colors from the torch!

The other members of the group have also read Lavinia, by Ursula K. Le Guin.

 Be sure to visit Andrew’s blog for the full list of participants.


  1. I'm sorry about your accordioned car hood, but thankful for corpses use in studies so that you are here to play along! Beautiful workmanship on the copper bracelet!

  2. That bracelet is fantastic! I'm so impressed that this was your first time fold forming too. When you shared the bottom picture on our Facebook page I actually thought that it was inspired by the spine... but seeing the whole pattern laid out and hearing your car crash story, I get it! And I agree with Alison, so thankful that you walked away from what sounds like a very scary accident.

  3. I'm glad that the crash test dummies allowed you to be with us today! It is interesting to think of how the bodies of those who have passed on still contribute to society and the betterment of our lives. I think the cuff bracelet you made is awesome! I took the online workshop too and thought she did an amazing job at explaining and demonstrating this useful technique. Great job! And thank you so much for participating! I always look forward to your designs. And sorry for my tardy comment! I saw your post weeks ago, made a mental note of what to say and forgot to post it during my internet issues. Thanks again! And keep up the good work!