Patience is a virtue – or so I hear.
Few things in my work bring swift and rapid irritation and can make me cuss like a sailor, and make me lose my patience – than having to replace the pieces parts on my glass saw. Specifically the hub and grommets. Some engineer with a sick sense of humor designed this set up. Today I had to replace both grommet sets, as well as the belt and the saw blade. After about 30 minutes of swearing, throwing the screwdriver, a pair of pliers and a tantrum I was back up and running. And let me say that when all is well with my saw, it is a wonderful piece of equipment that I couldn’t work without.
It is rather ironic that I should have these problems this morning because just the other day Charles asked about the glass saw, if it was running okay. I think my less than lady like behavior when things are wrong with it, stays fresh in his mind – or scares the beegeezes out of him.
The past couple of holiday shopping seasons, my crab napkin holders have been my top-selling item. They are also one of those items that I again, lose my patience with because they are time-consuming, I have to go really slow when I am cutting them so as not to break off the legs, something that is really easy to do.
I started thinking this morning that perhaps I needed to go out and make some more crabs, because my inventory was low. As fate would have it, an order came in for you guessed it crabs! So, out to the studio I went to create.
First I take a sharpie marker and draw the outline of the crab on the glass and then take it over to the saw and cut it out, ever so carefully.
After I cut them, I clean them very carefully, can’t have any finger prints or dirt on the glass when you fire it in the kiln or it will come out hazy. I then add layers of other colors of glass for accents.
The kiln is fired up to over 1450 degrees. Then the hard part waiting, waiting, waiting and no peeking. They will be ready to be pulled out of the kiln in about 14 hours.
And the finished product.
While I was in the crabby mood, I also made this.
Time to stop playing with the crabs and move on to something else.
Until next time,