Saturday, I spent the day at the West Michigan Glass Art Center. Twice a year, my local glassy peeps rent the lampwork studio for a day. They have about 14 torches, and we buddy up, melt glass, trade tips and tricks, and eat. And make beads. And eat. And eat.
This year, some of us also took a paperweight class. OMG. BIG heat. It was wonderful. Techincally, the glory hole temperature is "cooler" than the torch I use, but it is much, much bigger. I thought my face was going to melt off. I will post pics tomorrow, but here is a pitcure of my paperweight. I pick it up Thursday. I plan on carrying it like a baby at work on Friday. :)