Egyptians were the first to discover that if you hammer gold into really thin sheets, you can apply it to just about anything. There is actually an entire profession for goldbeaters. Which is something that I totally want to put on my resume. I mean, could you imagine the bar lines?
Along the way, these sheets of hammered and pressed gold came to be used on everything from home decor to culinary uses. Lately, people have been using gold leaf as a rolling paper. Talk about a fine smoke….
But I do believe that the most exciting use of gold leaf is the application to the skin. What could be more seductive than a beautiful woman with a glint of gold. As Charles Dickens said in Nicholas Nickleby, “Gold conjures up a mist about a man, more destructive of all his old senses and lulling to his feelings than the fumes of charcoal.”
A great video on how to apply gold foil jewelry:
Just, you know, don’t overdo it….
Two great interviews with Brooklyn jewelry designer, Britt Bolton.
The history of the bungee cord is a bit mysterious. Elastic cording has been used for decades for rigs used to secure luggage in vans, trucks, and even the undercarriage of planes. They were once used in parachute releases.
According to wikipedia, “The first modern bungee jumps were made on 1 April 1979 from the 250-foot (76 m) Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, by members of the Oxford University Dangerous Sports Club.”
It is a little bananas to think that a similar product to one that allows you to hurtle towards the ground at roller coaster speed and snap back up through the air is available at your local hardware store. And you can make a bracelet out of it.
Okay, so I received some complaints that there were no men in the Game of Thrones jewelry section. In fact, I might have been called sexist.
Jon Snow- He knows nothing. But as he romps around the far north, he might be able to learn something by reading the scrolls on this cuff.
Sam- As one of the show’s true romantics, Sam would wear this Chinese symbol for Love under his black robes. And if anyone asked, he would tell them it meant “mighty warrior”. And who would know? Sam’s the only one who reads Chinese. ‘Cause he learned it in a book.
Jaime Lannister- When you only have one hand, you have to spruce it up a bit. Maybe the skulls are for all the men he’s killed, or maybe it’s because, like Keith Richards, Jamie Lannister is a rock star.
Tyrion- As the new master of coin, Tyrion better be using these prayer beads to pray for some money. (Oh the Bank of a-Braavos is a comin’ down the street, oh please don’t let it be for meeeee…) Was going to do some sort of charm/coin necklace, but sometimes you can take a necklace a little too far….
Littlefinger- Good for the man who’s snapping up land, keeping with the times, and always reading the fine print.
The Hound- Dog collar. Couldn’t help myself.
Oberyn Martell- Sand snakes! That is all.
Reek- Theon Greyjoy gets nothing. Ever. Again.
Brothers Without Banners- Friendship bracelets. ‘Cause when you are fugitives united in your common goal to serve justice to…ya know, um, people…and stuff, some bonding is really important. Nothing says a crafty “I love you, man” like a hand-made friendship bracelet.
The Lord of Bones- This was kind of a no-brainer.
The White Walkers- Something to bring out their eyes. And yes, not all white walkers are men. But I’m counting them as men. ‘Cause I’m sexist.