What you are looking at are mistakes, on two levels,
and a lesson in making lemonade out of the lemons you're sometimes handed.
I have a lampwork studio, yes. But that doesn't mean I have lampwork talent or skills. Or time. Because it takes TIME to get good at this glass art stuff. Molten glass, crazy-hot torch, hot kiln, summer heat -- it seems like the only time I have that's comfortable to work on lampworking is when its time to ramp up the jewelry making for holiday shows. And once those are over, it's freezing and the rods of glass get hot, then shatter when I take them out of the heat into the winter air.
So you see where I'm going -- I'm not good as this lampworking stuff.
But I like it! And when I DO get to go out to the studio, the zen of staring at that glass, the colors all over the place, the mystery of what's behind Kiln Door #1. All of that is really cool, and the fact that I'm not a wizard at glass yet, and may never be, is perfectly fine with me because I get something out of it.
Sometimes, lots of times, actually, I make wonky beads and KNOW I can't that hole perfect or the shape just right but I don't dump it in the water bucket to shatter into oblivion and start over. Sometimes I take a bead that is really pretty, but I KNOW it's going to be a mistake, and I keep working it. I play, I add this, try a new technique, knowing all the while it's destined for the Bowl of Boo-Boos.
Then there are the DOUBLE boo-boos -- a bead that I can't get off the mandrel, no matter WHAT tricks I try (and I've tried about 4,591,233 of them). When the bead is a wonky one, that's OK, but boy does it hurt if I made a good one and it's STUCK.
That's when you make plant stakes. Lemonade.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking here. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book Bead Soup.
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