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There they sit… staring at me… every time I sit down to torch! My name is Nancy and I am enamel challenged. I bought a sample pack of all the colors a couple years ago and had every intention of figuring out the mystery of enameling. But I just can’t seem to get the hang of them.
A few days ago I saw a set of beads that Kaye Husko has listed in her Etsy store. I loved the colors she used so I got my enamels back down. How hard could it be to roll on some powders? I set everything up… made my beads… added the enamels and stringer… put them in the kiln. So far so good right? The next morning I anxiously pulled out my beads and this is what I found…
I’m really disappointed with the focals. The middle one – YUCK! The smaller beads don’t look too bad in this picture but they’re not what I wanted. So for now the enamels are back up on the shelf. I guess I’ll leave the magical powders in the hands of Kaye, JC and others. I’m not defeated ~ just frustrated!
I don’t play and experiment nearly enough. I hate wasting the glass and my time! But if I want to continue to grow in my art then I need to get over those feelings. So I’m going to get those darn enamels back out again in a couple weeks and try again. In the meantime, maybe I’ll pull out the copper mesh thats been sitting next to the enamels… 😉
Yikes! It’s been awhile since I’ve contributed an entry here. I have all kinds of excuses for why I haven’t been around but only one can be used for our WMC blog. 😉
A few weeks ago I had the chance to spend a weekend playing with several bead making friends of mine. For three days we we were immersed in the camaraderie of creating together. What a wonderful way to recharge your batteries! I think I could make millions if I just found a way to bottle and market the energy that comes from creating with friends that share your passion.
I try to push myself in new directions… but it’s much more fun to have someone sitting next to me suggesting a color or technique that I haven’t thought about using before. I always seem to come back from those experiences several steps ahead of where I was before going!
Classes are definitely a great way to expand your knowledge and techniques. The things I’ve learned in Tom and Sage’s classes or with any of the other wonderful teachers I’ve had over the years are invaluable. But don’t overlook the benefits of organizing small retreats with friends. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn from each other!