the makings of my very favourite non-alcoholic drink .... Elderflower!
I then spent a bit of time having a go at a twisty:
and I'm actually quite pleased with this one - it's a bit like a narwhal's horn ... thiner at one end with tighter twisting, but all in all not a bad first attempt (made with clear, turquoise and dark green glass).
Then I had a go at a couple more green beads with red stringer, and then some ivory and Heathcliffe Fit:
granted not the best picture in the world, but I was working quickly and in full sunlight to take a picture before it went in the bubbles - can't wait to get them off the mandrel later.
I had much more success today with spinning glass. It might be early days to say I've bracked the lemon-shaped issue, but it was better. A couple of things I am learning:
- glass needs to be hot, hot, hot with a decent gather
- Henry Hothead does have a sweet spot ... but it is far above and to the left of where I'd assumed it was.
- Wind it on properly and neatly, be patient and turn at a consistent pace, and you will be rewarded with the glass spreading out to make a doughnut shape. I took the advice of one of the girls from Frit Happens Forum and when I took out of the flame lined the mandrel up with the doors on the shedio .... I am now going to call that place the Glass Onion ..... and cool whilst spinning before the bubbles.
- It may look easy, it's not ... but practice will win through eventually.
Happy Monday peeps.