Jean’s Nano (by )

(Typed up by mummy - spellings are mummy's version of spelling some of which is still wrong - grammer has not been touched)

Lucy Has The Most Wonderful Dreams

Tuesday 1st of November

I saw a rabbit I walked up to it but when I walked up to it I saw something glowing in it's hand I snugged up to it and we went to a noter world it was sandy in the world it looked like a beach but before me and Jack Jack got to move Jack Jack told me that there was a pirate coming.

Chapter 2

The Party with the pirates

When we awoke me and Jack Jack where in cabins I remembered where we were so we tried to get out of the cabins but we couldn't get out before we got to say anything a pirate saw us . We couldn't move cos the pirate had already roped us up. The pirates were going to kill us the Captain saved our lives because he wanted people for his party the food was haddock, cod, sammon, and sardines. Just then the stone began to glow.

Chapter 3

The rabbit family

When we got back JAck Jack told me that he had to go home, I fallowed JAck Jack to his home JAck Jack said ok you can come home with me but my mummy will be looking at you I said errr ok I like that idea

good said jack jack I would like that to

Show you too my mummy but if you get cut on the way and I what is your name

JEan Rose Pym my mum said only Jean Rose Pym can go in the our secret room

I would love to go in your secret room.

Chapter 4

The Secret Room

Mum might not let you that will be ok and after that I will go home and tell my mum all about it JAck Jack said no

ok then that's ok.

Chapter 5

The Space Adventure

Jack Jack took me to the secret room the secret room had a house in it with me and Jack Jack as toys U wanted ti get out of the secret room, but Jack Jack said No, no do not go out of the secret room you will fall into space because we are floating into space and earth is not in line with us a lamp rocket is lifting us into space.and we are going to the moon, very fast zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom, I said yes very very very very very very fast zoom zoom I said this is a fun trip yippee, oo ahhh. Jack Jack said we are at the moon now ok you then you cos I am hungry and desperate for the loo Jack jack said

good cos there is a loo and a restaurant so we went into the restaurant, then I figured out that it was an unclean restaurant and decided to not eat any of the food because it was poo and there was quiet a party with lots of alien dogs that bring the human poo into the restaurant but the aliens eat human poo so we went to earth and then I figured out the adventures were not real and jack jack was just a picture on the wall I was sad but it was time to get ready for school we did history, science and sports afterwards I went home and watched the Mysterious Cities of Gold with my mum but then I just remembered I didn't tell Jack Jack what I had to tell him. I had to tell him how old I am but he wasn't there. I was sad and I am six. So I went to sleep but he wasn't there it was just black then I recognised that it had to be night so I went to be early because it was din dins time

mum said come and have din dins

no mum I am going to bed good night.

err are you having an early night?

yes because it is a hard working day tomorrow

It is? It's friday

I am going to go into my bed early so I can see Jack Jack

mummy said no you mustn't stay because we are going to go and watch Mysterious Cities of Gold

No it will make your eyes square mum said it would OK!


ok but this is going to be your bed time from now on

Ok but I might not have the same dreams murmured mummy


OK MUMMY But I stayed up all night watching TV for a quarter of the night and played star wars and last of all I sung christmas carols it was fun in the morning I suddenly fell asleep mum thought I was asleep all night but I hadn't thank goodness that it was the weekend other wise I would die and that would be bad yes it would but mummy gave me work.

I said but I will die ok just this time good night mum Good night lullaby ahhhhh I was asleep for the whole day.

I saw a dog Rob was his name I told him my name it was MAry Rob said Hello Mary lets go to the pub great idea errr I a want a big portion of chips to share with you lots of salt and vinagar too yum yum that will be tasty

I will want a pickled egg me too said Rob that is our order our order is done I might fall asleep in the pub because I am sleepy

me too said Rob and he fell asleep straight away

before we could say anything the only noise in the car was snorring but suddenly a hedghog went in the car and made a skuttling sound and a rabbit came in the car and made a snifing sound a really loud sound but me and rob were still asleep

just the a cat came in and meowed but me and rob still were asleep we didnt yawn we didnt turn we were asleep and mum wondered were I was and I was just in the car but mum didnt know that I was in the car and just at that moment I woke up.

Ring casting (by )

A friend has asked me to cast her some silver wedding rings. So I am adapting my aluminium casting experience to silver...

The thing to use for silver moulds is cuttlefish bone, which is soft enough to easily carve into shapes, but can withstand the heat of molten silver. For a single pour, at any rate.

In order to get a repeatably round shape of the correct diameters for the two rings, and so I can quickly carve new moulds if my pouring fails so I can try again, I decided to make boring tools that carve ring shapes of the correct diameters.

The boring tools

As you can see, they're made from nails, hard soldered together, and ground to a cutting tooth at the end. The central spike goes down a guide hole I drill in the cuttlefish in advance.

The tool needs to come down exactly perpendicular to the flat surface of the cuttlefish (made by sawing one side off and then sanding it flat), so I made a special jig to hold them:

Cuttlefish bone in the jig ready to be bored

Then it's just a matter of fitting the tool in a chuck and bringing it down. I first tried rotating the tool by hand, but the result was a bit rubbish, so I bit the bullet and just turned the Dremel motor on, which produce a quite perfect circle.

Cuttlefish bone in the jig ready to be bored

The cutting jig

Pour two mould in the cutting jig

I made a couple of moulds, each with a matched flat cuttlefish to go on the other side. I had to carve channels for the silver to flow in by hand, using a screwdriver for rough gouging and a craft knife for the finer parts.

The silver was heated by blowtorch, in a refactory cup called a scorifier:

Preparing for pour one

But first I had to prepare the silver I was given - in the form of a coin, which I felt a bit bad about sawing in half:

The silver (back)The silver (back)

Sawing the silver into two piecesThe silver, cut in half

I melted half of the silver and poured it into the first (roughest!) mould:

Pour one

When I cracked it open, it seemed I'd not used enough silver, but everything had otherwise gone well:

Pour one mould opened - not enough silver

So I pulled the incomplete casting out, crushed it up, and added the other half of the silver, and gave the second mould a go. Here's a picture of it with the channels cut, before I clamped it:

Pour two mould

I put it all together and got ready for some melting:

Preparing for pour two

But this time, as soon as I started pouring, the silver suddenly froze on me, so hardly anything went into the mould:

Pour two failed due to insufficient temperature

It seems that the larger mass of silver wasn't heated up quite as far as the first pour had. I need to rearrange my firebricks to make a better forge to heat the silver in, so heat loss is slower, I suspect...

Spotty Dotty Madness (by )

stick the spot on the Pudsey

Children In Need Jean (by )

Children In Need Jean

I knitted the bandage - it was supposed to be red bobbles on white but was a nightmare to knit and hasn't come out exactly how I imagined but Jean is over the moon with it and as a first attempt at bobbles I think it's great 🙂

Poor Hydro-Puss (by )

We are currently awaiting info from the vet having approved an operation to wire Hydrogen jaw up and to remove maggots from her feet.

As some of you know she has been missing for 3 weeks now and we have been searching high and low for her. Today - the day Alaric took the car in to have the brakes fixed Barbara turns up and says she's found what might be Hydrogen at the top of the road.

She helped me get her out of the boot. The little thing was so light and smelt odd and it appeared to me that half her face was missing - but not in a fresh way - in a sort of healed kind of way.

I put her in the bathroom meaning to feed her and clean her up she seemed so happy to be home but then I thought about it and wondered how I was going to get to the vets as Barbara had left saying let her know if she needed taking to the vets but that it wasn't an emergancy.

Inge the lady who comes to do the garden came and asked me if she could take us to the vet - and I said yes but realised I couldn't go. Even if I asked another parent to get Jean from school we had left the car seat in our car which is in a garage being fixed.

She my poor little cat who was so happy to see me and obviously needing help - I bundled into a box (the cat basket) and handed to some else to be taken to the scariest place for cats with the knowledge that I will likely not be hearing that meow again - but I had to because either way the vet is who can help her.

My poor little cat - I still remember us getting the two girls -

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