OMG! I did it! I did it! I decided to stop being a total weenie, and instead of do another piece, or mess around with seeing if I could melt clay, I should just fire one of the pieces I made the other night. I was going to do it before dinner, but you're supposed to do it in the dark so you can see the metal glow. Then I wanted to watch the one and only video I've found online where someone torches this stuff. So... that done, it was getting late, so I had dinner. And then... I got all set up, and I just... did it! I was soooooo scared! I was convinced I was going to burn the house down, or burn myself hideously, or set off the smoke detector, or some other combination of catastrophicness. Things going perfectly fine didn't really occur to me. The biggest snag was picking the bloody thing up with tweezers after and getting it into the vase full of water to quench it. I did it, but it was a little touch & go.
I'm not thrilled with the end product, but then, I wasn't thrilled with the texture to start with, and then I messed with it, which made it worse. What I AM thrilled with is how SHINY this stuff is! I didn't pickle it or anything; all I did was brush it.
Anyway... here you go. First solo piece. Ever. It'll all get better from here, folks. :-)
So giddy right now. Also, exhausted. And sore. I was REALLY, REALLY tense about this. It's like a weight has been lifted, but it did some damage while it was there.
OK, think I'm going to stare admiringly at it for a little while, then bed.
I got a whole shipment of prettily colored wires in today. Between those and the clay, I've got a lot of work to do/fun to have. :-)
I finally have what everyone wants - a job they WANT to do. Now all I have to do is make it pay. Hee!
I also have to make a dent in cleaning this place tomorrow, which I want to do significantly less. But with the good must come some bad.
I literally want to put a smiley after EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE, right now.
Oh! And I almost forgot! My 28-Day Bootcamp DVD came, too! Yay!