March 22, 2015
One of my friends recently picked up a new hobby. She has gotten into glass making. She is an amazing artist. Every year she learns something new so she can expand her abilities. She came over for coffee the other day to explain what she has been learning.
She said that first she had to mix the components to form the glass. Then she would heat it and shape it. I was blown away and had a lot of questions for her. We talked about the basic ingredients. One of them was ground silica. I had no idea what that was, and she explained it was ground up sand that was made up entirely of silicon and oxygen.
I told her I thought silicon was used in computer chips. She thought that was funny, and she said it was. It is also used in glass making, and it was an important ingredient. She made me a beautiful glass vase, and now I know how she did it.