Archive | October 28, 2012

Making magic

Last week I posted a piece of my glass work for a blog party. I’d forgotten how much fun glass work is. Glass work is as close as you can get to working with an actual magical substance because it is. What most people don’t know is that glass is not a solid. It’s a really slow liquid.

You can see this in very old windows. The glass is thicker at the bottom than it is at the top because it has slowly flowed due to gravity. You can also see the effects in an earthquake because it will flow outward and reach a cooler point in the air and shatter. This is why you never ever run out of a building during an earthquake. Thousands of glass needles have just been formed and the only place it has to go on down.

When you work with fused glass you play with cold glass cutting or etching with acid or you can work with it in the kiln under high heat to get the effects you want.

Glass is changeable under some lights it can be one colour and under high heat it is more colour. You can add metal to it or powdered glass and change it to other colours. If it’s dichroic it will have one colour under sunlight and under artificial light another set of colours. Working with it is never the same twice. You can write what you did down and try to make it the same but the magic changes it.

Working with metal is fun and can be just as transformative but not near as much magic as glass. Glass is modern alchemy. Glass is magic.

I’m posting this in the Littlest Druid and here – Things to do with kids when the power goes out

Things to do with children when the power goes out in a storm.

I know some people are about to be trapped with small children and no technology to entertain them so how about some ideas from my childhood.

1) Hie yourself to the nearest bookstore and toy shop if you don’t already own these:
a) Some Madlibs books.
b) Crossword puzzles
c) Jigsaw puzzles
d) Depending on the age of the children
i) Battleship
ii) CandyLand
iii) Do the still make Green Ghost that glowed in the dark?
iv) Mouse trap
v) Dominoes or Mahjong
vi) Sorry
vii) Parcheesi
viii) Chinese Checkers or checkers
e) Books to read aloud by flashlight or Coleman lanterns

Things to do once you’ve been to the store
f) Paper mache or felt crafts – time for finger puppet theater – build a theater too
g) Teach them to knit or crochet –even the boys can make a scarf or cool hat
h) Organize collections and label them in cigar boxes – trip to the local smoke shop
i) Teach them to embroider
j) Beginning baking like biscuits or an easy cookie. See the recipe key word on blogs assuming you don’t have electric stoves. You can make cookies on a Coleman stove but not without ventilation for the stove.
k) Visit Michaels or your local craft store – Pick up a make your own moccasin kit, some plaster to paint, beads and fishing line for friendship bracelets, origami paper and a book on how to fold them.
l) Plan a scavenger hunt in the house.
m) Play I Spy
n) Hide and seek
o) Make a journal and write the story of the storm or make a newspaper telling the story
p) Write the story of the storm from the point of view of your pet
q) Make a fort in the living room
r) Set up a store with earned credits for good behaviour during the storm for things like not whining, helping do things, being creative. The store should have special treats that are not normally in the everyday. You can use the stocking stuffers you’ve been stockpiling for Yule.
s) Play Kim’s Game
t) Play a hidden object game – have the kids go out of the room. Change 10 things – they have to be able to name all 10 things that were changed.
u) Learn the different kinds of clouds and what they do, learn what winds from the different directions do or bring. Does rain come from the north or south in your area.
v) Learn the colours of leaves that go with the deciduous trees such as Gingko’s turn yellow and persimmons turn orange in fall. Just because you are stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t learn about nature.