Monthly Archives: May 2008

Dots

Tuesday was a good bead day. I made all these beads – I was at the torch for 4 hours! That’s the longest I’ve ever spent at the torch. My mother also really liked what I did that day. I felt like I was really making progress – it felt very creative. I picked six shades of blue – three opaque and three transparent – pulled some stringers, and just played with dots. It was loads of fun, and I came out with some nice beads.

Wednesday was not such a good bead day, but it wasn’t bad either. Today was a bad bead day. First I was making a landscape bead, and I noticed that the orifices of my torch were glowing, so I turned it off and had a cigarette to let it cool down. I dumped the bead – I hadn’t gotten very far with it anyway. Then, after the torch cooled down and I got to the landscape bead again, I was almost through when I noticed that the rubino oro I had in the sky had turned grey. So, I turned the oxygen up and reheated – I think I saved the bead but I’m not sure. It’ll come out of the kiln in about half an hour.

Then, I tried to make a couple of fish and they came out all wonky. Then, I was trying to make some encased pink and purple stringer, and I had a time with it. I finally got something I could use, and started on a transparent aqua hollow bead, and it came out round, but not terribly hollow. So, I gave up for the day. *Sigh* Hopefully I’ll have a better day tomorrow.

So, I haven’t posted in quite a while – I’ve been busy with the beads. A couple of highlights…

I went to the Southern Flames meeting on April, 28. It was fun, I met a couple of people and I joined up. I couldn’t make the May meeting because I had bell choir practice. And I can’t make the June meeting because that’s the day that we’re getting back from the NAMI convention.

I’ve spent a couple of weekends with Clay. He is tolerant of my incessant bead talk, and considers the bead making as art. His assessment of my chances is good. He says that I have the two things I need – a genuine enthusiasm and “stick-to-it-ive-ness”.

I went to a Mad Housers work day. I’ve been wanting to do that for years and finally could be in Atlanta on a Sunday when there was a work day. We were pulling down a hut close to the warehouse. It was eye opening – not revelationary, but definitely gave me something to think about and I’m glad I had the experience.

Also, this past weekend, I helped with the NAMI Jacksonville yard sale. We raised a lot of money – more than I thought we could. So, that was eye opening to me too. Then it was the Music at McClellan concert. We always enjoy these concerts. I think they are nice, my mother won’t go so far as to call them “nice.”

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Bead Collecting

I won a Sarah Hornik bead on ebay! I’ve been admiring her beads for the last couple of months and I decided that some small amount of collecting was an essential part of being a glass bead artist. A picture of the bead can be found here. I’m eagerly waiting its arrival from Tel Aviv. Whoo hoo!

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Weekend Warriors

I went to Clay’s house this weekend to help him put cork flooring on his walls. I enjoy work weekends with Clay – I helped him put down his bamboo floor a few years ago, and that was a fun weekend too.

While I was there, one of his neighbors introduced me to her boyfriend by saying: “This is Robin, she makes glass beads.” And I thought how nice that was – certainly better than “This is Robin, she’s on disability, she doesn’t do anything.” I was just very happy to have an identifying characteristic – even if it doesn’t sound like much at first blush.

I missed church to be in Atlanta, and I was scheduled to participate in the service. Funny thing, the pastor actually talked me out of coming back for church. I was prepared to come back Saturday and do my bit on Sunday morning, but the pastor kept saying he could get a replacement, and it wasn’t a big problem, and are you sure you don’t want to stay all weekend? So, I called Clay, and he said he’d prefer if could stay until Sunday night, so I did.

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