Tuesday, May 26, 2009

While running around supposedly getting ready for work this morning, I had to toss our first beads together to make a necklace. You know how it is, you send the kid to summer camp and they have to show off the lanyard they made! These are the first beads that Bill and I made over the weekend.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

A touch of glass

As hubby tells this story, I announced one day "honey, we're taking a class". So, I drag him off to Cedar Lakes conference center and he's happily along for the ride.
This is our instructor, John Winter. http://www.winterglas.com/ John is amazing!! He's friendly, hilariously funny and gives a great massage!

Wish I could say these are mine!! These are some of John's creations. Each one is truly a work of art.

Here's my honey! First time out and he's making beads like a pro. He and the instructor were the only menfolk there, so they formed a fast friendship. All of the ladies were quite taken with my hubby!

Here I am working away. Let me tell you, this was something else!! Believe it or not, you do not feel the heat while working on the bead, but I strongly recommend not picking up hot glass. This stuff gets molten hot! Our instructor describes this as working with liquid light at 2,000 degrees. What a blast! The glass gets so hot that the color disappears and you can see through the blob of glass you are working on.

My beads are on the pink bag and Bill's on the blue. That weiner made a strawberry! This was such a great weekend!!! *hint* They are all "my beads" because hubby was kind enough to give them to me!

Another picture of some of my beads. Yes, we are searching for a kiln.

Another shot of Bill's beads. Oh, did I forget to mention the mushroom???

THEN!! We figure out there's 5 of us in the same general area. We're planning on getting together a few times a month to play with beads and other fun stuff!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

My newest hobby

Some time ago I fell in love with turned wood crochet hooks. I lusted for them to the point of distraction. My Daddy always told me that if you could read, you could learn to do anything. He was a man ahead of his time. He didn't think that women should be "protected" from learning things. I also have a loving husband who knows about power tools. With all that in mind, and the fact that I went on a power tool buying spree, AND that we finally bought a workshop....I ventured out into the back yard. The following are the first products of my newly started hobby.
The white is DuPont Corian. A countertop material and my 4th attempt at hook handles. It's amazing what's inside that stuff!
These are my first and third hooks. The larger is stained pine and the smaller is purple heart. Still drying from the finish.

This is my second hook attempt in zebrawood. Hubby forgot to put it someplace where sawdust wouldn't get to it and it got all sorts of flying debris in the finish. He says he's going to sand it out for me since it's "his fault".