Is anyone out there going to watch the drama going on in the House today?

I hear that Adam Schiff is going to be channeling Peter Loree. ๐Ÿ‘€

I think I will clean house instead.

This whole thing has made me think of Kabuki Theater. (I just put on a facial cleansing mask to get into the spirit.)

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@Lonestar @ilumanous

I have to clean my clock - er - closet. I have to clean my closet. And wash my hair.

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @ilumanous -

Our 4 year old grandson makes far more sense than anything that'll come out of that time wasting spectacle. Rather spend time in *deep* discussions with him anyway. ๐Ÿ˜€

@ilumanous @Lonestar

They say it like it is, the precious little munchkins. My 20 year old daughter volunteers in her church youth program to teach and watch the kids during Sunday services. She gravitates to her favorites - the 4 year olds.

@Lonestar @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @ilumanous

And you'll more than likely get some silly faces, giggles, and somersaults to boot!

@drew12289 @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @ilumanous - Yes indeed.... today's discussion was on the proper use of the bellows. He had fun blowing the coals in the fireplace and was delighted. Time well spent!

@Lonestar @drew12289 @ilumanous

Ah, the delight of little humans being introduced to tools that harness the rules of the universe - here, oxygen feeds a fire - and he gets to experiment with wielding and positively directing the tool. What we were made for. Tickled at his delight. ๐Ÿค—

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @drew12289 @ilumanous - but of course! he's probably THE most curious and inquisitive child I've ever helped raise. so, within reason, I try to accommodate him. and, no his grandmother wasn't aware we were experimenting with the bellows! ๐Ÿ˜

@Lonestar @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @drew12289

I love fire. BTW

I have a kiln at my house where I slump glass and do pottery. I had a big kiln but I gave it away to a friend who is a welder but I put my little kiln in it's place. I can still do plenty with it.

Right now I need to order a new kiln sitter but as soon as I get it, i am going to get cracking.

I wish I was set up to blow glass. That is a lot of fun. I only took one class, but was put off with not having my own blow tube.

@Lonestar @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @drew12289

You should be able to do lampworking and glass molds since you already have welding equipment. You just might have to figure out a way to anneal it once it is done.

You can use any kind of glass you want, as long as it is the same kind of glass. I have used soda bottles, window pane glass, stained glass, etc.

When you use free glass, the worse thing that can happen is spilling molten glass all over the place. Hahaha

@ilumanous @Lonestar @drew12289

That is so cool to hear about your glassworking hobby. Photos??? ๐Ÿค—

My 21-year-old son adores fire too. He is a budding blacksmith. Studied at the John C Campbell Folk School in the Appalachian Mountains of southern North Carolina. Wonderful place and wonderful programs in all kinds of art and music.

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

Awesome. I love to watch blacksmiths. When I had cable tv I used to watch โ€œForged in Fireโ€ all the time. ๐Ÿ˜

I will look and see what I have left hanging around and take some photos for you. ๐Ÿ‘

@ilumanous @Lonestar @drew12289

Great! Glasswork is fascinating.

And we used to watch Forged in Fire too. His anvil and forge are in his Dad's garage, while the boy is away at college. He misses it, but is in an apartment. Would take photos of what he gifted me, but he pinkie-swore me not to post publicly because they are his early pieces. ...

@ilumanous @Lonestar @drew12289

He got phenomenal with intricate rolled leaf patterns over time. But those went gifted to his "Lady friends" (said with a Barry White croon). Which is exactly how he explained it to me when I got no blacksmithing art last Christmas. ๐Ÿคจ ๐Ÿคญ

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289


A friend of mineโ€™s son works for Southern Fire Pits. Show him this to get his artistic juices flowing.

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

I donโ€™t have many glass pieces left. Gave them all away as gifts, but here are a couple.

This one is a slumped bowl with 18k gold metallic over glaze.


Very nice, I love glass as well. Had my own Stained Glass Shop for about five years.

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

@JM @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

Have you ever done fused glass pieces?

I canโ€™t wait to get my kiln up and running again. I have so many beautiful sheets of stained glass calling my name.

I also want to do some mixed medium with glass and semi precious metal clay.


I have not, thought about taking some classes. We certainly have the space for a kiln.

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@JM @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

I have a 13โ€ Skutt. It is perfect for jewelry and small bowls, boxes and it is deep enough for flower vases.

If I ever need to do a larger bowl I will go back and teach some classes at the recreation center. Then I can use all their kilns. ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘

Once I got the larger kiln I didnโ€™t use it as much. It takes too long to fill it for a firing worth my time and effort.


Great idea! I have always been fascinated by glass art. I have all types throughout our home.

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@JM @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

All you have to do is cut your pieces like a stained glass window, set them on top of compatible clear glass and then fuse them together in the kiln.

They have different kinds of liner paper and fabric yo keep the glass from sticking to the shelf.

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@JM @ilumanous @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

I love stained glass work too. I bought a bunch of supplies and Iโ€™ll be retiring in a year or so and Iโ€™ll have more time to get started. Really looking forward to it. Will be huge fun.


Flat pieces are the easiest, when I started making lamp shades and terrariums a different animal. Many times I had to just walk away, for fear I would just destroy the piece through frustration. ๐Ÿ˜œ

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@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

This one was an experiment using low fire underglaze on slumped glass. Some of it burned off in the fire but it still came out pretty cool.

The glass grapes were from Panama. They had a lot of hot glass there for sale.
I always loved the grapes and when my mom got new ones from Italy, I got those. ๐Ÿ‘

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@ilumanous @Lonestar @drew12289

Your pieces are so pretty and unique. Do you show? Is this your profession, or a love pasttime only?

@ilumanous @Lonestar @drew12289

That is so neat, beautiful. And the grapes are enchanting. Not being familiar with this medium, what is "slumped" glass?

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

Sorry I missed this question.

Slumping is the technique that you take a flat piece of glass and either place it over, or under something as you heat it up.

As the glass gets hot it turns more and more fluid.

if it is inside something it will turn into the shape of the inside of the object. If it is on the outside it will drape over the object and conform to it.

@ilumanous @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

Very nice. I can totally see 1960s candy dishes. Love that. So these are created in your kiln.

Is a kiln very expensive or require special electric wiring?

@Victoria99654 @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

The size I am using now runs about $1300 but they go all the way up. It depends on the size and the computerized parts.

Mine is old school with a kiln setter in it to trip the on off switch. They now have computers available so you can set them to run through exact heating and cooling phases. Those can be a lot more expensive.

@ilumanous @barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

Thanks! I used to do a lot of clay work, but got away from that. On to dyeing, quilting, weaving, spinning because these projects were easier to move. Now I think Iโ€™m settled I can gather up all and pack into my project space.

What fun. Iโ€™ll look into a kiln, too. I enjoyed pottery.

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@ilumanous @Lonestar @drew12289

Ow, wow. Missed these lovelies last night (fell asleep early in front of the tube with my glasses on; big days going on). That is a gorgeous piece. ๐Ÿค—

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

That and learning not to throw your food out on the floor.

(By the way, anyone giving a baby this much spaghetti on their high chair tray, deserves what they get.)

@ilumanous @Lonestar @drew12289

Why, these scenarios go hand in hand in the (inevitably messy, food smeared) learning of the human race that was created capable of learning to harness and use for good such tools here on Earth.

@barrsniffsatjejuneanalysis @Lonestar @drew12289

There are plenty of foods that can be smeared onto the top of a plastic tray that don't have oily, tomato sauce, and ground beef as their main stars.


And by the way, my smart baby of 20 years ago, to your point, would not have been equipped with so much spaghetti on tray. He and the doggo, Sierra -patiently waiting below the high chair - had made a pact of understanding that whatever baby did not like, got swiped to the right off the highchair counter (supposedly out of Mama's sight?) as Sierra innocently and enthusiastically slurped up "nothing" in the corner of the kitchen.

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