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    The tresses would be fun do to. I know exactly how to get them to spiral like that! The Screaming Eagle is interesting, and those flowers look huge! I love how long Paphiopedilum flowers last. I have one that held a bloom for 3 months.

    Anodizing can be tricky. Lots of chemicals, and there's always a chance of removing a finger while cutting the metal. I had a conversation with an artists how anodizes metal tables that he makes, and he said at least five of his fingers have been severed multiple times. I think I could replicate the colors with wire and beads without losing digits.

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    Why would cutting anodized metal be more dangerous than cutting nonanodized?
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    For they are the ones who let in the light."



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    It's the cutting process that's the most dangerous part, and the anodizing process isn't exactly healthy. I would like to try it though.

    So, I just got back from the orchid show. It was even better than last year! My girlfriend ended up getting a Cochleanthes 'Amazing'. It's a very healthy specimen, and the vendor said it blooms year round.

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    Post pics!

    What does the anodizing use that is hazardous? Lead? Mercury?

    Never tried Coch. though I often see C. amazonica at shows. Set up for a show last night and will be working sales for one of the vendors for today and tomorrow. Picked up a few jewel orchids thus far.

    Oh and Supratta has some nice pieces I had not seen before. If I remember, I'll try to take some pix tomorrow morning.
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    I took pics early, so they'll definitely go up soon. It's a really pretty specimen. We're waiting for the fragrance, but we're both congested.....

    The ammonium biflouride is the nasty part of anodizing, and the sodium hydroxide. It's something to definitely us a respirator with.

    I love jewel orchids, almost picked one up, too. The Soph cernua and Psygmorchis pusilla were calling my name. I'm a sucker for minis. Almost went for a Bulbophyllum, too. I'm lucky I was paid for a sculpture last week, so I could afford to splurge.

    I'll have to see photos of those! The woman in VA was back this year. Her miniature sculpture have really improved, but still not as impressive as Supratta's.

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