I havenâ€™t sat at the torch in quite a while.
Todayâ€™s Step has most of my attention, and I just finished piecing the top of, if do I say so myself, a really pretty quilt. So when I received a request for some key chains and zipper pulls, I turned the kiln on, picked out some summery colours, sat down to make some beads.
Believe it or not, I donâ€™t have a stash of beads right now. I actually cut a row of beads out of the cool beaded curtain, that hangs in our living room window to fill the last order I received. I just didnâ€™t take the time needed to make new beads and felt that was easier.
So, I made some beads on Tuesday. Mehâ€¦ Iâ€™m out of practice. I made a few simple beads, nothing special. I wanted to â€œcrank outâ€ the order, but it was hard getting back into it the process, and even though I think all beads are wonderful â€” these were, as I saidâ€¦ meh. I was rusty and knew I could do better.
I persevered. Yesterday I sat again behind the flame again. The beads were better, I started mixing the colours a bit more, adding bumps and lumps, and by the evening, as the kiln filled up, I was on a roll and felt good about what I was creating.
It would be REALLY GOOD if I spent a bit of time at the torch again today.
You see practice makes a bit of a difference!