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Creative hissy-fits...

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Creative hissy-fits...

I came across an article by Elizabeth Gilbert this week which caught my eye because of the following quote: "If you have a creative mind, it’s a little bit like owning a border collie. You have to give it something to do or it will find something to do, and you will not like the thing it finds to do." She is absolutely right.  You can read the full article using the link at the bottom of this blog, but it goes on to rightly dispel some of the common myths about creativity.  This includes the notion that only certain 'special' people...

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When clear rods are not really clear...!

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When clear rods are not really clear...!

I've just noticed the sun shining through some of my clear glass rods and realised there is a huge difference in colour between the three different manufacturers. These really are clear when you pull them out and look at them but the chemical mix in each 'clear' gives them a tint when light is shines on the end of the rods. These chemicals react with the chemicals in the glass you mix/cover them with to get different colours/reactions. It's no wonder lampworking is considered a 'dark art' by many - what you see is so often not what you get!...

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