I'm wearing one of these cuffs every day now. As you can imagine, as one that works with her hands, I'm really hard on my hands so rarely wear rings. I'm a little better with watches...and so wearing a cuff seems very comfy and unobtrusive. I'm glad I've decided that cool buttons were the way to open and close these because you know how a bracelet tends to sort of circumnavigate your wrist? Well, when the button lands on the "up side" it looks just a good as when it's on the down side. Wear testing is important, though, to check durability and other aspects of how my new design holds up...so far, so good although I'm still tweaking the attachment of the button and loop--but more for looks, not for function.
I didn't want to top this post with a cheesy photo of Purrmeister (it's below the fold), so I'm showing a couple of new pieces from my new cuff series. This has been a grand adventure as I practice and practice to get good at this new form AND have a lot of fun putting together new stones with silk and leather color combinations...and best of all, very cool buttons.
brown goldstone, sienna silk, goldenrod leather, antique bronze button
So now that I'm below the fold, I will put the spotlight on Purrmeister and his little problem. It's kind of embarrassing--well, not for him maybe, but for me.
You see, I'm still learning to care for a long haired cat and mostly, it's going very well since I started using a cat brush on him when he was small, so he's becoming quite tolerant of this. But down near his "groin," mostly out of sight until he engages in "back sleeping", two pretty big mats of really downy, fine fur have formed. There is just no way I can ever hope to pick, brush or comb them out. They feel like big knots and when I first noticed them, I freaked because I thought they were tumors, yikes! I made a photo of him here to sort of show the area--hard to see the white on white mats, but you can imagine their placement is rather, ummm, delicate.
So do I cut them away? And if so, what's the best tool and technique to do this so I don't hurt him? He doesn't seem concerned with them...but I am. I think it may have happened as he was shedding fine baby fur because he's definitely growing heavier, thicker fur as he grows up. I seriously need some good advice here because I'm clueless about cat mats...and I know many of you are cat lovers so I'm hoping for ideas. So many cat lovers, surely his "problem" isn't too unusual, right? Thanks in advance for any advice!