anarra and Ana Ilevna got here early enough to get all set up, and they also brought yummy snacks. I need to go get a couple of boxes of the mini-croissants from Trader Joe's - those were wonderful. vynehorn came despite the snow, but declined to make a bead. Not her thing I guess. That's fine - it's always nice to see her. Our friend Jeff and his kids came over, and they all tried it out, and I even convinced my husband to try his hand at it.
The kids were definitely the most adventuresome designers - they wanted to try all the fancy techniques, and came up with some really cool results. I was less ambitious - I tried a few things while anarra was there to provide guidance, but mostly was paying attention to getting nicely shaped round beads, and I think I did pretty well. The whole concept of trying to pay attention to both hands doing different things is a tough one - especially when everything has hit a plastic state and wants to flow.
We had a few minor boo-boos - one minor food-related cut, and two very minor burns - one touch on something too hot to touch yet, and one chunk of glass that fell into my lap. The pants took most of the damage. The bunch of us made maybe 20 beads, and none cracked. It was a ton of fun.
Oh, and Anarra left the kit with me so that I can keep playing with it. And I have a link to a reasonably priced starter kit that could be my very own in the future. Because I need another hobby.
What on earth am I going to do with home made glass beads if I take this up? Eh - when did I ever worry about stuff like that?