So I have started making beads again, inspired by a bead challenge. I will talk about the challenge once all the beads are done. However yesterday I was shown another important lesson when working with glass. I was working to prevent a rod from shattering, since I could see the stress marks in the glass.
I did prevent the rod from shattering, but I also lost the work on this bead. My torch was was way too cold to melt the huge chunk of glass in. I was so focused on the glass rod that I didn't think about the temperature of my torch and once I heard the sound of glass cracking, I lost my focus. It is no wonder that my rod still broke.
One of the reasons I love this hobby is because I have to be here and now. I have to think about everything that I am doing. Yesterday I learned a lot about playing the temperature of my torch. At first I thought about this bead as a failure. Then I remembered my original goal was to be safe, neither me or the pup was hurt by glass. This hobby continues to test my focus.
Question to consider: What tests your focus?