I always do my best to nudge people outside their normal boundaries. And I think that a good challenge - a REALLY good challenge - should encourage folks to become intimate with the glass
. Look at it with new eyes... Feel the movement of the glass
through your fingertips... Learn to anticipate its reactions. In other words, dance the dance of glass
I spend way too much time alone here, which gives me WAY too much time to think up things to do. But sometimes, I don't really feel like embarking on the adventure alone. This is where YOU come in!
It's one month until Valentine's Day. That conjures up images of hearts, romance, chocolates and LOVE LETTERS! And what could be better for writing a love letter than a beautiful glass
I've always been fascinated with writing instruments: I've even made quill pens
from molted Cockatoo feathers, just for the heck of it (Thank you, Cosmo!). But the first time I saw a glass
pen, I fell in love! Later, when I started playing with glass
, I decided I would make a bunch of them. Well, that was much easier said than done, my friends!
I got the Glass
Pen Kit from Arrow Springs and set to work. Ewwww. I had zero luck at all. I was very, very disappointed, to say the least. Now I'm ready to try again, and I'd like you all to join me!
The challenge begins immediately, and runs through the end of February. Why so long, you ask? Multiple reasons: First, you'll need to have the right kind of glass
to make the pen nibs. Second, I suspect it will take many attempts before we will succeed. We're going to need that time!
And what exactly IS success? Simple: When you can make a pen that will allow you to write the phrase I LOVE YOU with one dip, you've done it! To complete the challenge, you will need to post an image of the pen itself, and the written phrase "I Love You" to this thread or the thread I designate at a later time.
Some of you may already have the ribbed glass
that you'll need to get started. I encourage enthusiastic and numerous posts to this thread with questions, answers, sources, images and the like.
To get you started, here is a link to the Arrow Springs page with tips for making glass pens
. Arrow Springs, of course, carries the ribbed cane you need for the nibs. As does CRLOO
Also, here is a link to my pitiful posting
about glass pens
back in May of 2003.
And finally, a couple of images to spark your imagination...
Disclaimer: I have no idea where I got these images. They have been in my pen porn file for a long, long time...