Getting the rules and guidelines of where to stand and what to do.
So many questions at this point about the temperature of the fire. Lots of oo's and aww's form the kids (and the adults). :) At this point, we were drawing quite the crowd of other spectators.
First he rolled the molten glass in white glass pieces and then the multi-colored pieces.
Each of the kids took turns blowing into the blowpipe as the handler sculpted the glass.
While the kids blew into the tube this was happening on the other end. And this is the point that my phone died - ugh, NO!!!!!!
Due to glass being crazy hot, we were not able to take the ornament with us. They assured us they ship all over the world and our ornament would arrive safely to our doorstep within a week. So you can imagine our excitement today when the UPS guy rang our doorbell. Rolled in bubble wrap, placed in a box, and then that box placed in a million packing peanuts in a larger box sat our beautiful ornament.
The kids were beyond excited to see their creation. I would have taken a picture of their faces but I needed both hands under their hands to insure the ornament did not find our floor. :)
We did have a moment of disappointment when we realized the top loop was broken off. This would have been the part for a ribbon and then placement on our tree. I tried to put a positive spin on it and ease their disappointment (and mine). I told them we could some how display it on a shelf where we could enjoy it all year. Also, it is very heavy and I am not sure it would have been safe on the tree.
It is disappointing that the loop is broken but the memories that went into this project are so beautiful. The kids made it together and they learned a lot in the process. My husband also joined in and I stood to the side taking a million pictures and videos (which is my happy place). :)
Just for fun here are a 2 of the 674 pictures of the mountain view from our cabin. Actually this first one may be a picture my cousin Erik took. He only took 802 pictures of the mountains! :)
Now if only that were the view I woke up to every morning.... awww....