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Many, many years ago when I was young and working and raising a family, I was always interested in crafting. Back then I had little time on my hands, however, I found the same satisfaction no matter what craft I was doing at the time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it relaxing, not tedious.
Now, with four grown grandchildren, I'm retired and have all the time in the world, ha!ha!ha! How many of you thought you would have that much time on your hands when you retired??? Not so.
After learning jewelry making in a class in our clubhouse from a wonderful volunteer (that's what you do when you retire - Volunteer), I assembled a great inventory of beads, findings, stringing wire and tools. From beading, I went on to wire-wrapping, which is an art form of its own. But, as you all know, gold and silver wire became outrageously expensive, and I was unable to charge the prices I needed to charge to cover all my expenses. Soooo, I started chainmaille, which turned out to be costly as well, but it was a satisfaction that I had never had before in any other jewelry making. The intricate weaves are so challenging, it could keep you up all night. But the results were so astonishing and even surprising, that it was worth all the effort.
And then, I found glass fusing, through a friend of mine whose daughter had just opened a studio near where I live. From there on I was hooked on glass. I had no idea there were so many possibilities with glass fusing and I am still attempting to learn all of them. However, they keep finding new ways of combining beautiful glasses.
There are so many different types of glass and methods to use them that it's mind-boggling. I don't think there are enough years in this Universe to pursue them all. Which means, I'll have to find another Universe after this one is over.
In my efforts I have strived to peak an interest in you to view my creations, not only to get ideas, but also to purchase them for you or as a gift for someone close to you.