I know, it has been a while since I posted a new entry. We have had a lot of afternoon rain that has shortened the work day. Our routine is to work as long as we can, then take a siesta while the rain pours down. The rain can be very conducive to a good nap especially if you are warm and dry. Here’s Cyn all wrapped up in a reflective bubble wrap, ready for a long winter’s nap:
The last time I posted, I had completed most of the exterior walls of Cynthia’s Glass Bead Making Studio. Now, I move inside to put up the interior walls, ceiling, install electrical, and build a bench and shelf.
We put sheets of the reflective bubble wrap under the sheet metal on the ceiling and the west wall. Although thin, this insulation packs a radiant punch, reflecting the heat back into space. Here I have the door wall installed, the interior metal up, and the bench framed. I welded the corners of the carriolas for the bench:
In the next photo, I am making the form work for the concrete workbench. Cynthia requested concrete because she will be working with a torch and hot glass and doesn’t want to burn down the farm. I supported scraps of metal roofing in the lips of the carriolas and cut rebar to stiffen the concrete:
Next, I poured concrete in the form work and built a shelf. For the shelf, I used 1-1/2″ angle iron, then cut pieces of Plycem (cement board) and dropped them into the angle iron framework. I’ll run a bead of caulk around the edges of the Plycem. Also, you can see that I still need some metal trim at the ceiling line. (Spoiler alert: I sure wish I had a metal bending brake to make this trim…) The bench is 100% level, but looks crooked in the photo because of camera optic delusion:
Left on the to-do list is the window, door, and ventilation system to remove the toxic gases from the torch and the silver fumes from the glass. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, Cynthia took some of the sunny moments and finished painting the front gate. We chose gloss black, which will be the same for the security bars on the house. We think the gate stands out nicely:
In other news, we have a lot of little flying black elbow-biters, no-see-ums that bite and leave a very itchy red dot. I found a video on YouTube on how to make a mosquito trap. Cynthia has made a bunch of these and they work just swell. They give off carbon dioxide, which attracts the bugs, and it smells like bread baking. It is all somewhat gruesome, but we have caused the demise of thousands of these little buggers, and now it is a lot nicer to hang out in chairs under the carport roof. Here’s a picture of one of the traps:
That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by.