Playing with a celtic design

Sorry for the dearth of posts this week (seems to be a constant refrain this year – I hope next year is better!) but I’ve been down with a lurgy; DS2 is off school with it now too. Also, ever since I got my tooth root filled and crowned I’ve been grinding and gnashing my teeth in the night for some reason, and my shoulders, jawbone and teeth really ache, so I’m off to the dentist on Monday to find out if there’s anything that can be done about it. I hope so, because it is really getting me down. Anyone had this problem and found a solution?

In the summer I bought this box of celtic rubber stamps:

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I haven’t played with them yet, but last week, not feeling like doing anything much, I painted the lid with a brush filled with a cartridge of silver ink. It’s just the sort of thing I like doing then – mindless but sort of meditative. I decided to take photos as I went along so I could see the construction of the celtic knotwork better:

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Hope I’ve got all these photos the right way round! It was incredibly difficult to tell!

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This shows the first loop completed:
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Start of the second loop:
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And the second loop completed:
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Third and final loop:
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And finished!!
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4 Comments:

  1. It is beautiful and incredibly complex. I saw a book one time about how to draw them but it was too complex for me. Are you now clear in your mind about its construction?

  2. I grind my teeth like mad and, now that you mention it, it started after I had a tooth crowned. Your dentist should be able to fashion a bite guard. It does not help with the jaw or head pain but it keeps you from destroying your teeth. As for the pain, I take tylenol. When I don’t have the bite guard in (which is when I am awake) I have to chew gum or suck on hard candy or I grind my teeth or chew my tongue. Don’t you just love getting older? Or maybe it is just the insane state of the world.

  3. If you didn’t grind before the crown, then there is a high spot that wasn’t discovered when they fit it originally. I’ve had this happen. Just a couple minutes grinding the spot down should help.

    If it continues, you should use a bite guard. I hate the OTC variations available at the moment… they are all “stick it in hot water and it will conform to your teeth.” They don’t fit well. So you may want to get one from your dentist.

  4. You are a braver woman than me.
    I love celtic design but knotwork does my head in!!

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