Thursday, October 18, 2012
Close to Nowhere
New hobby is amazing
My daughter and youngest granddaughter took a week off from the world and went on a “rock hound’s” dream retreat. Both are serious rock hunters and I’m not sure why but making glass beads is fascinating to rock hounds.
William Holland School of Lapidary Arts is in Young Harris, Georgia, on a mountain near the North Carolina border.
Of course, the school/retreat is much more than making glass beads. There’s a really long list of classes that involve gemstones, faceting, polishing, carbochons, wire crafting, silversmithing, etc.
Gremlin and Dana took the weeklong course in glass beads -- which involves something that resembles a blowtorch. The thought of either one of those two with a blowtorch is frightening!
I heard very little from them the week they were gone. The first text I received from Grem was all about a loaded baked potato and how “totally awesome” it was. The only time I heard from her was when she was discussing the “totally awesome” food.
She apparently loved the bead making as she came home with a pile of beads. One in particular that I was admiring she glanced at and said, “Oh, baking soda.”
I use baking soda in hushpuppies to expand and add air to make them light and fluffy.
Apparently it does the same thing to glass beads when you’re firing them.
Sunday afternoon was filled with talk about William Holland and how much they learned and how much they enjoyed it.
Monday evening when I got home from work, I was sitting in front of my computer and Dana came in with a bead for me to admire. During the course of that conversation, she mentioned something about her dad’s blowtorch.
My brain froze. Dana, her dad and both girls are pyromaniacs. I have learned to be terrified when they talk about fire.
Seems like I was needlessly worried. She’d used the blowtorch already and made the bead that I was admiring -- and it really was pretty and I am amazed by them. More amazing -- the shed was not burned to a crisp!
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