So, last week I was seriously depressed. Hated life, hated cancer, hated chemo. So Joe, with his unfailing insight suggested that I contact some of my “torch friends” and see if I could take a two/three-day class somewhere (P.S. to the man behind the curtain. You’ve been outed my friend, and Thanks). After not torching full-time for several years, and with the advent of Silver glass and TAG glass and beautiful murrini being made, I needed a refresher course on “How to make a bead 101”.
To my surprise and delight Ann Schermo Baldwin invited me to Virginia to play, laugh, whip me, beat me, make me make good beads. :). I had such a blast. And after the first day my confidence came back and watching her work is just mesmerizing. I learned so many fun thing, and remembered so many fun things. I truly needed this excursion to rebalance myself. Thanks everyone that made it possible.
So, I got home and immediately went to fondle my glass and see what goodies I have that she showed me and was amazed at some of the things I’ve collected in the past couple years that I haven’t resold in my haze of meds. I found lots of amazing silver glass and some Double Helix murrini and Double Helix rods and TAG rods and some really sweet Ventrofond that is at least six/seven years old that is layers of colors with clear. I can’t wait to blow shards out of it. It looks amazing. And apparently I bought pounds of the new Effetre Handmade colors that have come out recently. I had a box full, tucked in a corner, along with a box of Moretti 104 sheet glass.
I can’t wait till tomorrow to torch all day. I have so many ideas going through my tiny head. I’ll post pictures tomorrow of the beads I made with Ann and hope that my beads will continue to improve with practice.
It’s late and I’m tired. It’s been a busy week. Huggs to everyone.
Blessings and goodnight.