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Sep 2, 2012

a spirograph saga

remember when i bought a spirograph set? i decided the huge blank wall in our front room would be the perfect place to display the products of all my practice.


i got to spirographing...

ooohhh...

here are the final drawings,
framed and waiting to be hung...


i am a HUGE proponent of 3M command strips. i use them to hang everything. but, these frames are pretty heavy and i didn't feel confident using command strips to hang them...

so i tried to hang them using nails.

uhhhh...yeah.



this is what happens when it's me against a plaster wall. i got about half an inch in before the wall started buckling and the nail bent. what the heck??! it must be our weak nails.
   it couldn't possibly be ME.

off i went to ace hardware.
...switching it up...

it took THREE men to help me. the first one didn't really understand anything i was saying. he kept telling me plaster walls are soft and i shouldn't be having any problems getting a nail into them.

the second guy said he'd never heard of a nail bending. what?! i bend nails almost every time i hammer! the only thing i do better is strip screws!

i had confidence in the third man though. he was older, grizzled...he told the first guy that yes, plaster walls are harder than drywall ((just like i said!!)) and in fact, get harder with age. huh.
   ...but there are no special "plaster nails" as i requested.
         well, crap.

turns out, i was using finishing nails. he sold me some other-type-of nails that he guaranteed would go through plaster and would not bend.
   great!

once back home, i give it another go.

$#!&*#!

another bent nail.
another bulging hole.

apparently, it's me. and my frighteningly awful technique.

fish was able to nail them in just fine.

he tried to show me how...
but i still bent a nail and i still made a bulging hole.

...so this is how it sits, until fish has enough time off from his insane schedule to hang the other 14 frames.


* mari

2 comments:

  1. It's not your technique, it's just that you don't know your own strength! haha

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  2. love! that's a great way to think about it, hah...

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