I thought this was so cool:
These earrings where inspired by my backpacking trip throughout Japan. As I waited to board my flight home, I laid down some beads without knowing what I wanted to make. Soon, I was inspired. I wanted to capture the spirit of several things I had seen in Japan: simplicity, intricacy, quality, dedication, elegance and beauty. After some fine tuning and several attempts later, I had designed the Rising Sun earrings.
I love the combination of art and travel~
These handmade bamboo earrings look like they get their shine from melting the wax that exists on the outside of bamboo then allowing it to cool.
Shiny finished bamboo like this is a byproduct of heat-treating bamboo for longevity; dried bamboo is less likely to be degraded by fungal/microbial attack, and the color is a bit more photoresistive.
Science Builds a Better Pie"Amy Rowat, a biophysicist and assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, teaches a class on science and food in which students examine all aspects of apple pie. She shares some of her insights and explains how the home baker can apply them in the kitchen.”(via the New York Times)