Monday, June 04, 2012

What is that flame?

Alrighty then, you know everything there is to know about glass, but what about your most important tool? The flame? Just what IS a flame anyway.

Check out this video, sponsored by the What is a Flame science challenge - sponsored by Alan Alda - that explains what a flame really is, in terms an 11 year-old can understand. \

Of course, for us, it's a little different, different fuel, gas instead of wax, but if nothing else, this should help you get your head around flame chemistry and the difference oxygen makes.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

brief interruption

If it ain't one thing, it's another. Last week, I fell and hyper-extended my right elbow, causing a rather nasty sprain - which is the term for ligament damage. Whoever coined the term "only a sprain" should be taken out and shot.

Anyway, no torchy torchy for me for a few days.

On the upside, after a decade of spinning mandrels with my left hand, it was about 24 hours before it occurred to me that it was my dominant hand that was impaired - and that was only when I realized that my hand writing was suddenly waaaay worse!

So - beadmaking - good for improving non-dominant hand dexterity! Cuz ya just never know!