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Holiday madness

Pretty spindles, all in a row!

Pretty spindles, all in a row!

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, everything is twice as busy as it was in the first place! Hubby is working on building the woodshop in the basement and fixing the lights on his truck, as well as having become the default go-to parent since I went back to school. I’m working on my school projects, some of which are going better than others. In other words, stained glass is going great. Jewelry, not so much. If it was just wirework or some other type of cold connection, I would be fine, but one common requirement of all projects in this class is soldering using an oxyacetylene torch…the one requirement I have not been able to master. It’s been a bit discouraging. I actually came home in tears from class last week because I was that frustrated, and have been going to an extra class in an attempt to catch up, since I haven’t completed any projects because of my inability to get the hang of the blowtorch. I’ve managed to melt the metal, but not the solder.

For stained glass, I’m working on my final, the 3D project. My idea of a kaleidoscope was a bit above my skills as yet, so I went with a simple box. All I have to do now is cut the last six pieces of glass and grind them all, foil the edges, fit them together, and solder them…with a soldering iron, not a torch!! That, I can do. Hubby let me buy a grinder so I can work at home finally, and maybe one day, with some practice, I’ll actually get good at this! It only made sense to be able to work at home. I spent a fortune on the basic tools I needed for the class, and most of them are useless for anything other than glass, and over and above the expense of the tools, I genuinely enjoy the class and the work.

My holiday weaving has had to go on a back burner in order to deal with classwork, and at this late date, I don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hades of finishing anything in time for Yule this year. Hopefully I’ll manage next year!!! The only fibery thing I’ve managed to do lately is spin on my spindles, because it’s something I can pick up for a minute and put right back down again, and I can carry it along on errands! Definitely glad to have finally learned how to do it!

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