Sunday, March 21, 2010

I Got Lost on Boll Weevil Circle

There were lots of potential titles for this post:
- "I 'heart' Julianna Cannon"
- "Glass Really Does Melt In Your Hands"
- "It's Some Sort of Molecular Thing"
But, Boll Weevil Circle captures the spirit of my latest adventure...

On Friday, I was truly blessed to meet Julianna Cannon from Julsbeads fame down in her stomping grounds of southern Alabama.  :)  I drool over lampworked glass like there's no tomorrow.  So,when I noticed during the Bead Soup Party back in January that Juli was at "Location: Alabama" I figured I might as well invite myself over to her "shiny shack out back" and see her goods and meet her craziness in person!

I mean seriously...look at these...aren't they yummy?  Even a non-bead-pscyho person can appreciate them!  haaaaaaaaaa  If you feel like getting some for yourself, she's stocking up her etsy shop.

Well, as you might have guessed, or seen in Juli's post, we hit it off.  A little shared enthusiasm goes a long way in turning a beautiful sunny day into an even more beautiful adventure!  I know the value of shop time, so I'm still so amazed at how generous she was.  :)

So, let me get to the good stuff...I demanded, right away, to be taken to the shack and taught something!  haaaaaaaaa  Look at this?  She cleaned it up so this gorgeous rack of colorful, amazing glass was just waiting for us!  And, of course, she got her teachering skills on by explaining about all the different types and their melting points and such.  It's a molecular thing, you know.  haaaaaaaaa  As the good student that I am, I just nodded, didn't take any notes, and made her rush to get the fire on!  haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  I wanted some action!! 

Juli worked through the basics for me and then she let me sit down in front of the torch.  Uh, how awesome is that!!!  I used a hot-ass fire to melt these luscious raw materials into a mess!  haaaaaaaaaaa  Actually, they weren't too bad of a mess.  Besides, when you're learning something new you're supposed to make a mess, right, so you can learn how to work the materials and fix mistakes.  That's what I told myself, anyway...haaaaaaaaa  She was lovingly patient, but then we were both starving.  Off for a lunch break.

After lunch it was my turn for teachy-teach.  Juli's a seed bead master...for instance, when I showed up she was wearing this gorgeous piece:

So in her mind, I actually had something to teach her--how intimidating!  I was wearing one of my new art bead bangles because I thought it would be a perfect way to showcase her glass, too!  She agreed and a bit of tutoring ensued.  If any of you have ever crafted with me, in any medium, you know I have a little trouble being patient and letting other people do the work.  Luckily, Juli picked up on that right away while she was working on coiling and sent me back out to the shack.  I got to do fire and glass for hours!  Playing with colors...trying to make dots that didn't string all over the place...all while hoping I didn't burn down the place.  When she finally came out to get me I was totally in the groove.  And exhausted!  It was soooo fun and I was concentrating so hard!! 

That takes us to the end of the may be asking, "Where are those wonky beads you made?"  Well, they have to get annealed in the kiln so they don't breaky-break so Juli's firing them up for me and I'll have them to show off next week.  And, believe me, even if they're ugly messes, they're going into a piece of jewelry for me!!  haaaaaaaa

As for Boll Weevil Circle...I had a 90 or so mile drive home after this day of creating and joy and friendship.  With all that excitement and new ideas racing around in my head, I was ready for a good hour and half drivve home.  But, I was singing loudly and ignoring the directions to get home while enjoying my Route 44 Diet Cherry Limeade from Sonic.  :)  I didn't seem to be getting any farther away from Enterprise, Alabama (think Army Aviation if you're wondering about the scene down there) as I passed the same buildings over again.  Ahhhhh, It's Boll Weevil CIRCLE.  That means you have to turn off of it to actually go somewhere else!  With that mystery solved, I trolleyed north and made it home to my sweet boy kitties who smelled dog and excitement on me and then just begged for treats!  So, it was a day of treats for all of us!!!  Whoo hooooo!


  1. Aaaahhhh, to live in Alabama! Sounds like you ladies had such a fun time!! I can't wait to see your creations, Jen!!

  2. LOL Circle Girl! You are wicked funny and way too kind.

    You are going to LOVE your beads. They really are most excellent work for a total newbie. You gots you summo dem natural skillzes.

    So when are you coming back for another play day? Huh? Huh? I found a shirt in my closet that doesn't have barbecue sauce on it yet. Squee!

  3. Sounds like a creative and FUN time! I wish I could have been a fly on the wall!

  4. Jen, great post! Playing with fire and glass is something on my bucket list for sure! Sounds like you ladies had a barrel o' fun! Looking forward to seeing your master pieces!

    Glass fascinates me, I have to say. What an opportunity you had to share in the breaky-breaky love! :)

    Have a terrific weekend!

  5. Congrats on your first step into glass!!! I need a teacher to come play with me!

  6. Can't wait to see your photos! I've always wanted to try lampwork, but my a little nervous about the whole FIRE thing!

  7. It is so fun to meet someone in person that you "know" through the blogs. I would love to learn lampwork, but the fire scares me a bit! Looks like you two had a rockin' good time. Can't wait to see what you do with those beads. Special to be sure. Enjoy the day! Erin

  8. Uh-oh... once you delve into the world of melting glass, everything else goes to pot because it becomes a total obsession!! Sounds like you had an awesome day, Jen... can't wait to see your newbie beads! :o)

  9. What an awesome day, Jenn! I hear once you start melting glass it's hard to stop....!

  10. That is so wonderful that you and Jules met...isn't it incredible to meet someone you've "known" online?! Hopefully we'll meet too next month at Bead Fest Wire.
    Can't wait to see your very first lampwork beads!Cindy


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