Arriving onsite, we set up our glass working stuff under a covered pavilion where the fencers had dropped their stuff. Elizabeth had also brought her stuff, so we had three stations set up on a picnic table. It was a pleasant day, but a little breezy, so it made working very nice. Sitting by a hot torch, I stayed warm. Lissa saw us setting up and said it was always something she wanted to try, so after my first few beads, I let her jump in. We gave her some instructions and off she went making beads. I think she had fun as she has now ordered a starter kit for bead making.
|Beads made by Molle and Owynn at River Wars|
It was somewhat odd not to be fencing or even marshaling at an event. I was able to just sit back, relax, be artsy and creative. I like the process of bead making as its mechanical, somewhat instant gratification, and there is almost no way to screw it up. Glass is a forgiving medium at the level I am working at. Unfortunately, two of Jennie's beads broke when taking them off the mandrels.
After the event, we went to dinner with Engracia and Tom. I had a wonderful vanilla porter, which was on tap. Jennie had a delicious apricot beer, while Engracia had a pumpkin ale. The beer was better than the food, and the company was even better. After the long drive home, we crashed hard. It was a good day.