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rovingjackor I could look into doing

I was researching something completely unrelated when it occured to me I might be able to do this sort of thing using and alcohol lamp and flint glass tubing I can get from a science supply warehouse.

The glass has good optical properties, is soft to work with and can be melted over an alcohol flame. this all could be done for relatively no money and other than the dangers of liquid fire sources is about as complex as using candles.

I’ve a substancial list of activities for this years Nanowrimo/Big fun scary challenge, and I promised not to add anything new to the list until I cleared five off. But this might be one of the add ons. 4 years ago

rovingjackI have a card

I’ve been awakened to the fact that I have fat stacks of cards I get at events I go to each year, and some of them are good contacts for getting things done.

I Know I have one that covers a place that somewhat irregularly holds classes, so I’ll see what is what about that. 5 years ago

rovingjackStained glass

stained glass class is done and is something that given work space I could do easily enough.

It was fun and I learned a little bit too. It’s something that doesn’t require a lot of learning but just practice and creativity.

My teacher was so excited that I had come up with three things to try on my peice that hadn’t ever occured to her and that she had never heard of trying before. My kind of craft.

See the little hummingbird picture off to the side, that’s my completed project. 6 years ago

rovingjackIn my dreams

in my dreams I could have done it all, as it stands I had my first stained glass class tonight. The lampwork class that they were offering was insanely high price for little ol me. But there is another class still I think offered by somebody else for way cheaper and I should be able to see about making it happen maybe this summer. But no garuntees. Life likes to throuw curve balls at me that change the plans I make. 6 years ago

rovingjackAAAHHH! now, why now!

I no longer have studio space prospects available to me. Money is tight, and going to get way tighter over the coming month then likely disappear all together come newyears day.

I’m looking at job hunting these days and have a few ideas on some likely candidates.

But most of my time is going to go into this Script frenzy that is just a little over 24 hours away and I’m doing times five.

Then What do I see, that between the 8th and 15th of april there are two classes in the area that I could sign up for. One is lamp work glass with a renowned expert, and one is a stained glass class. The stained glass class is a hundred bucks, I could swing it if I really wanted to, and I’m waiting for a reply with more detail on the lampwork class. I may just have to do that and to hell with the money and time constraints.

But if it runs over 150 and they offer it in the early mornings on work days only then I might have to fold and walk away from that. Optimum would be to get the promise of a job in the next few weeks and relieve that worry, then juggle time to get the slot for both classes open and the money to do them. Then pull it off without burning myself out while attempting script frenzy times five. 6 years ago


I’ve got a lot of if’s tacked on to this one but depending on how the tax return goes and this possable studio opening. I might be able to swing some of this. The lessons, and a place to practice at least. then see where things go from there.


There is the possable job loss and poverty to worry about first, then the concern of impending financial crunch coming in less then a year when some of my income will avaperate.

If something else comes along that promises to fill the income void I may have to invest in that first. 6 years ago

rovingjackLampwork glass

I have heard of a woman who does classes, but it’s awfully expensive for me right now and once I learn I have no place to do it.

But that didn’t stop me from blowing glass over a year ago in a hour long class at a crafts fair. It won’t stop me now either. 6 years ago


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