May 19, 2003

first glass

Will it break? I made a bead today. Of glass. An opaque blue stick about two inches long and less than a quarter of an inch in diameter became red hot, translucent in the loud blue flame, a j-shape, a slumped snail, and then slowly, slowly, with the help of gravity and impatience and an unsteady hand turning the mandrel, it became a lopsided blue bead. I think. It cools in a crock-pot full of vermiculite overnight, and I'll see it tomorrow.

Posted by EGP at May 19, 2003 11:29 PM

It didn't break. I made three more today. At this rate... (never mind, I'm having fun).

Posted by: EGP at May 20, 2003 11:43 PM

Congratulations! Really, I've always wanted to make glass beads, they're so beautiful, but oh, so many other crafts and activities in the way. (smile)


Posted by: Joanne at June 22, 2003 7:53 PM

Thanks. I had a chance to sit in on a flameworking workshop, and it was great fun. Try it out if you ever get the chance. The tools are not expensive, either - you can buy the special gas at the hardware store. (That said, I probably won't get the stuff and do it at home. Too many other tempting projects...)

Posted by: EGP at June 22, 2003 9:49 PM