Well, its wet, dreary, miserable and grey today. I have walked the dogs down to the river, not seen a single soul even the squirrels were tucked up somewhere nice and dry, whilst I slurped and sloshed my way through what once was a track through the orchard and is now just a mire. The dogs have dried off, well, Defi has, Iz will be wet for at least the rest of the day despite my vigourous rubbing with a towel and her sleeping in a warm kitchen.
So. Kiln is on, this afternoon I am in the studio, I have Harrogate bead fair coming up this weekend and my shipment of beautiful glass sculpture beads has been sent of to the gallery so I must make more. What a shame eh? Sigh, the life of an artist! I will take the dogs in the studio with me, Iz might dry off a bit quicker with the heat from the kiln warming up a smaller space than the kitchen!
Yesterday, I cleaned the house, hence no blog post. But I did get a chance to put into the kiln my boro pieces. I have been having a play with boroscilicate glass, sent to me by Kevin at Melting Glass
My first attempts were nothing to write about, I did those a couple of months ago. I only have the one oxycon so using boro glass is much slower for me and patience is not something I am blessed with! But, I tried again..
The first piece is a flower and a butterfly, unfortunately I dropped it and the butterfly broke, I did manage to 'stick' it back on in the flame, but the join is far from perfect. The little dog is a memory from when I was little and had a collection of really naff little dogs joined together with a cheap gold chain. I was always told they were made of glass, but I think really they were plastic or resin. Either way I loved them, they were clear and blue, which was the colours Kevin sent me to try, clear and cobalt blue.
I am now really wanting another oxycon, and some more boro glass!
Dear Santa Claus, I have been a really good girl this year.....