Heheee. I'm such a pyro.
This weekend there was not much knitting. Unless you count the 20 minutes I worked on Mom's Cardi while waiting for Duane to get the saline solution in the grocery store to flush the skunk out of Levi's eye. It was 4:45am. I was still in my nightie. No shoes or anything.
But that's *another* story. That story involves the return of my nemesis, Pepe LePew. Or as I call him, Reeky the Reeking Reekster. He is a skunk. He is all skunks. Epsecially those that bomb the boys. Most especially the one that sprayed the monkeybutts early Saturday morning. Indeed, that is another story. Don't get me started.
*THIS* story involves fire! (Insert stupid Beavis laugh here. Or Butthead. Whichever, Cornholio.) And molten lava....er....glass.
This weekend I was in Boston, learning how to use (say it with me, kiddos) FIRE! to make lampworked glass. I took a 2-day course from the talented Devora from Diablo Glass and Metal, and loved every minute of it. I made marbles and beads and a strawberry. I had to mention the strawberry because she was a darling thing who sadly didn't survive the annealing process. But lemme tell ya folks, she maintained her dignity and simply split in two rather than violently shattering, thus allowing her creator the pleasure of admiring her shiny red flesh. (Don't tell her I buried her in the trash can!)
I have a few rather dark pictures of my very first ever marble and bead(s). I'm loath to show you, but I know *I'd* want to see pictures, so here they are - I'll have to take photos in the daylight soon so that you can better see the details. Dude graciously agreed to model the beads.
And the marble...
Today I was able to create many more, but they're still toasty warm in their temporary lodgings - the kiln. I will make a trip to Boston later this week/weekend to pick them up. I'm looking forward to integrating my newly learned skill into my knitting....who knows, perhaps I can figure out how to knit with strands of molten glass!
Then again, maybe not.
Stay tuned for pictures of Levi the Stinky Skunkhead and his sidekick, The Honorable Mister I'm-Too-Sexy-To-Be-Skunky Dude.