Monday, December 20, 2010

Decoratively toothsome

A new reason to love everyone's favorite oviod chainring.
I'm not much of a festive person, but I do enjoy constructing and repurposing. Sometimes there is an opportunity for these things to coincide. That's how the toothy tree topper pictured above came to be. In past years, I've installed a single 28-tooth chainring at the pinnacle with some zip ties. This year I decided to step up the quality of implementation a little, using a full set of circa 1986 Shimano Biopace chainrings from my parts bin, in 28, 38 and 48 tooth sizes. I cleaned the rings up and wired them together with the smallest ring positioned to encircle the top of the tree to support the other two. The results turned out pretty well, in my opinion.
My contribution is to put the tree in the stand and the decoration on top; everything else is due to the efforts of the talented ladies of the house.
In the mean time, the girls did a little fabrication of their own, in the form of sugar cookies. The creation of consumables meant to be decorated or decorations meant to be consumed is a festive tradition that I can truly get behind.
Another cookie is born.
Our colored sugar sprinkler takes her responsibility very seriously.

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