My frustrations today have been mounting. I had a small health crisis this morning with an esophageal disorder I obtained 15 years ago as a result of not following the instructions on a prescription medication. That having been sorted out I spent the morning trying to get in touch with the various medical providers and gatekeepers in my life. I discovered much to my chagrin that I deleted the photo I've been using to log into people's sites and had to find a way to fix this. I finally decided to just let what will be be and do beads. My crockpot arrangement is working beautifully for the smallish beads I've been doing but I wish I could coax more out of my silver colors. Per Double Helix the secret to using Caliope, Terra2, and Terra lite is to heat it to heck and cool, then reheat and I am not able to do this with my puny little hothead.
My apartment has rules against propane tanks for grills so they will not tolerate someone using a dual fuel torch on their premises, I'm fairly certain. Moving is not an option, since I still haven't found a lot of the stuff I lost last time I moved. I could possibly set up a studio in Joe's shop if I could clear out a corner and run electricity to it. Did I mention it is unheated and we live in central NY? and it's winter. So this is my blog to vent my frustrations at the world in general. Above is a Nortel mega minor that would allow me to fine tune the results from the glasses I would like to use, and to use boro glass, which I know won't work on a HH. To the right is an oxygen concentrator that is not strictly necessary since tanked O2 is available wherever welding supplies are sold. Below is the kiln I would like to get and which represents the only short term possibility on my wish list. All I have to do is stop buying every darn glass that comes out and save up a couple bucks.
Please ignore this spate of negativity. Today has been a rough day. More bead pix tomorrow and my favorite show is on tonight.