Today’s 1″challenge

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Day 16…only 15 to go. I’ve enjoyed doing these so far. I’m even drawing them early! Last year I kept adding pictures late.

The glass should be fired in the next couple of days, then I shall have  pieces I can turn into smaller necklaces. I loved being able to do it, but the lady who runs the workshops is moving away. I shall have to find someone else who does it, or the pieces I did today will be my last experiment in this craft.

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Making glass pieces

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Just been making some more glass work. I used some more dichroic glass to add some sparkle and interesting effects. Now waiting to be fired by my friend Angela who ran the workshop. Hopefully they will come out nice and I can use them for jewellery. Each piece is about half the size of previous ones I’ve done.

Sea and sand

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Build your castles on the sand and they might be washed away. Water creeps or washes in. It sinks down under the sand. The beach quakes. The rocks fall….

What is sand? Silica, ground up rock and shells. Sand can be melted into glass, a solid once liquid. Fused in heat either through vulcanism, lightening (did you know when lightening strikes damp sand it can melt a branching path through it, like plant roots?). Humans also build kilns and create glass to be blown or fused or slumped.

The sea washes or crashes in to a beach. Longshore drift pushes sand and rock sideways and along a coast. In a severe storm sand can be stripped off a beach completely, and yet it can equally be washed back again.

The world warms, water rises, sand washes away, cliffs crumble, castles crumble.

Life changes and evolves.

Friday the thirteenth

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I would post a photo of my beautiful yellow glass bowl with blue conch shaped feet. But the cat jumped up on the window ledge at 6 o’clock this morning and knocked it off – smash! So I was sweeping up bits of glass and pottery from a ceramic cat that was also there.

This was after my hubby woke me up at 4 am because he couldn’t sleep. Then I went back to bed but he was cooking some breakfast so he kept crashing about in the kitchen. I finally got back to sleep about 9am, then woke up at 11am. Did I say I hadn’t  gone to bed till 2am.

So, Friday the thirteenth? What else can happen?

Lead glass

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Lead glass has lead added to it to make it more malleable when it’s being formed into things like lead crystal glasses (although apparently it’s not actually got a crystalline structure). Modern lead glass about 24% lead ( Pb) in it.

It’s renound for its clarity and is shown off when it is engraved with fine lines and geometric patterns.

For more information see Wikipedia.

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