- I'm not sure what to call them, actually. Enamels? Some of the finely ground ones are labeled "talc," so Talcs? Powders? Frit seems to be for more coarsely ground glass.
- Whatever you call them, they are full of possibilities! Sprinkle on top of molten glass, flash through the flame to attach them to said molten glass, and behold, you have created texture. Melt, swirl, blend, and behold, you have created a new color of glass.
- So, Tasha, you were right in thinking I should try some of that pixie dust you tried to give me. . . a sprinkling of powder can create a sparkling frost on a sculpture.
- The blending is going to be my thing, I think. Midnight Blue and Cobalt powders melted into an ivory base turn into a gorgeously irridescent, deep blue shine.
- Rolling the molten glass across a thin layer of enamel works fine for round or barrel or tab shapes, but it isn't going to work well for sculpted shapes. Rolling is great for smooth shapes, though, because you can roll and melt, roll and melt, roll and melt, to your intense color craving heart's content.
- The salt shakers are going to be fine for adding enamels to sculpted pieces.
- This is a silly little thing, but I quickly realized I need to be more ambidextrous at the torch. Getting all sides of a sculpture molten and quickly shaking powder over them is awkward if you try to do it all right-handed. I missed certain angles every time.
- Practice and play, practice and play, that's gonna be the key to making the most of enamels.
For all of us, not just glass peeps, here's what I've learned about hidden goddesses and hidden goodnesses:
- Hiding a less-than-perfect attempt at anything isn't really necessary. Hiding makes you feel like a less-than-perfect attempt yourself. Sharing your progress, no matter how tiny the steps, liberates your soul in an unexpected way. It isn't a matter of giving in and saying, "look at me screw this up." It is a matter of acknowledging the work you are doing to get to a goal.
- Unless you make it a point to look for the goodness hidden in a situation, quick glances around you will only reveal the big, obvious aspects. However, if you train yourself to be more aware of the smaller details, finding the good ones becomes a natural response.
- There is a joy to be found in leaving a goddess (or a goodness) hidden in a place where someone will likely run across it and find joy in it.
That's it for now. Hope you each are having a positively satisfying Friday!