In Glass Fusing & Life – Sometimes Answers Are Simpler Than I Think

I have mentioned before how I sometimes find parallels in my glass fusing with life lessons. I recently had another one of these revelations.

I often need strips of fiber paper when I am damming a glass piece in the kiln. In the past I have used a ruler to mark and cut the strips. I decided it was time to do this in an easier more efficient manner and cut up a supply of strips to have on hand. I immediately went to work setting up a jig, of sorts, to use. It worked well. Here is what it looked like. First Jig

Fast forward several months and I needed more strips. I couldn’t quite remember how I had set up my jig. I spent way too much time trying to recreate it. And that’s when it hit me. I totally overworked the whole solution. I already had a Morton board sitting on my cutting table. All I needed to do was put my cutting mat on it and set up a few stops for the right width.Second Jig

Made me wonder; how many times in my life have I approached a problem or situation and overworked the solution? Sometimes the answers are closer at hand and way simpler than I make them out to be.

2 thoughts on “In Glass Fusing & Life – Sometimes Answers Are Simpler Than I Think

  1. Vicki W says:

    My problem is that I come up with a solution like that and then promptly forget it! Eventually I’ll learn it again….like it’s some new bright idea!

    • Margot says:

      I do that too! I take pictures of the process and then can’t find them. Or I scribble some notes and then can’t figure out what the heck I meant! Keeping up this blog has helped. I have often gone back to read my own post to remember how I did something. 🙂

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