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Project by Doe posted 10-05-2013 01:31 PM 1832 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like making discs for compacts and I really like banksia pods. I’m pleased with how this turned out and think it looks great. I considered filling the seed holes with epoxy and brass powder but thought it looked nice the way it is.

What I need to know is would women like it? The disk is attached with tape for now so I can remove it and use something else.

I’m on the dark side of 50 so I avoid mirrors like the plague (otherwise I’d keep it for myself), and I don’t care much for jewellery, clothes, etc. So I’m not a good judge of what women like. What do you think? If you hate it and don’t want to say so, “nice tablecloth” will do.

Any feedback would be very much appreciated.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#1 posted 10-05-2013 01:52 PM

I showed it to my wife and she liked it.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#2 posted 10-05-2013 01:53 PM

I’m not a woman, but I think it turned out very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 10-05-2013 01:54 PM

Very nice craftsmanship! I like it, but my wife gave it a hearty “nice tablecloth”. She would want it thinner for carrying and a tad more refined – would love to see one with that expoxy/brass filler you mentioned. That said, my wife isn’t really into natural wood jewelry kinds of things. Get feedback from women who like wood jewelry, I bet it would be a big hit.

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#4 posted 10-05-2013 02:22 PM

Okay, I’ll weigh in on this. I don’t use one of those so that puts me at somewhat of a disadvantage, and I don’t know how many woman still use a compact, so that’s might be the first question to ask. I am trying to imagine if I did use one, what I would want and I think I’d say that I would want something slim and lightweight. I can’t tell from this vantage if that qualifies.

Now, I personally would love to have a reason to carry around a nice specimen of “wood”, but I’m not sure wood is something most woman would brag about or show their friends. Furthermore the compact is not an item that woman really care about showing off, it’s more utilitarian and disposable. Woman used to carry fancy compacts, and cigarette cases, and maybe some still do but I think it’s more about cell phones, Kindles and i-pads.

And BTW it’s beautiful to me.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#5 posted 10-05-2013 02:33 PM

My two cents…really cool idea and I personally like the seed pods but would have to agree on the function over form. Most women I know are not wood freaks such as myself and the added bulkiness of the pod might deter them to adding it into their already overstuffed purses. Not sure how thin you can go with material but thinner the better I would think. As for the look it really is unique and usually that means they will love it or hate it. I personally like the out of ordinary and like it very much.


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#6 posted 10-05-2013 04:20 PM

As a non-female LJ, I think it is cool. You got the essence of the seed pod. I understand the bulky comments. Maybe you can shave some off the back.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 10-05-2013 04:58 PM

My grandson thinks you nailed the “spaceship” look….....................

-- mike...............

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#8 posted 10-05-2013 05:33 PM

I’ve seen women before so that should qualify me for at least a little bit of a critique. I LOVE it. Hippy/hipster gals, I think, would love it. You could also incorporate this idea into other items as well. I’d buy it from you just to have it. It’s unique and definitely one of a kind. I think you did a heck of a job on it and I’d get rid of that shabby tablecloth! LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 10-05-2013 09:17 PM

As a LJ, I love it. As a female LJ, I’m automatically in the minority among women. I do agree that compacts are not something most women use or carry around. I think it would make a gorgeous little case for holding earrings or such on a dresser or when travelling.

Really though, as long as the men who might buy it for the women like it, you’re golden.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#10 posted 10-05-2013 11:04 PM

I love the idea but can not comment as to it’s use on a compact .
I would love to see this on a round box top it is just one of those natural treasures .

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 10-06-2013 02:58 PM

As a project its a real beauty….. I’m sure as mentioned above there will be alot women that will love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 10-07-2013 12:43 AM

Thank you everyone for your feedback. It’s nice to know that I can do alien jewellery. I think I’ll use the banksia for a box lid or something. Compacts don’t seem to be common enough to keep it the way it is. Interesting because I take an early morning commuter train with a woman who spends the better part of the trip putting on makeup, and when I’ve driven to work, I’ve passed women doing the same (and you think texters are bad).

Revised version to follow . . .

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#13 posted 10-07-2013 12:47 AM

Think Pocket Watch.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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