Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I’m a fan of beginnings. I like a fresh start full of hope and optimism. I enjoy the feeling of adventure and discovery that comes with starting a new project. So it is with much enthusiasm that I report here on the beginning of my adventure with Kismet Glass.

I recently moved to Sarasota, Florida. Well, it’s not so recent now, but it has taken a long time to settle in and get things situated. But finally, finally, I have my studio mostly set up in our shed. At least all the equipment is working. I still have some organizing to do, but that is coming along.

It has been a process. First the shed had to get built, then painted, then items moved in out of the room in the house where everything had been stored temporarily. Then glass needed to be unpacked and arranged in a useful order. The ventilation needed to be hooked up and tools and equipment unpacked. I discovered that some of the connectors for my fuel system had been damaged in the move, so I had to get new hardware. Then my torch was not working properly. The ports where the jets of fire come out were glowing when the torch was on. So I had to send my torch in to be cleaned. I also got a new O2 concentrator because I wasn’t getting enough oxygen in the flame.

All of this took longer and has been more difficult than I think it should have been. Just as an example when I ordered the new hardware for my fuel system they sent an incorrect item and I had to call and get it shipped again and return the wrong item. So it was with joy and excitement that I sat down recently to spend several hours melting glass. I have been trying to plan and prepare while the studio was being set up, but there’s nothing like actually getting to do something.

Hopefully this is the beginning of a successful venture making beads and jewelry. I have a lot of work ahead of me making things, which is the easy part, and then selling them. I hope to actually make money at this. It is difficult to make a living with the arts, or crafts depending on how you view it, but I am going to give it my all. Whatever happens, I will report here what happens.

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