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This poem came out of the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lone_cat. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

"Knitting with Light"

Chryssa had been a glassblower
before the accident, breathing into pipes
and pulling out exquisite sculptures.

Then came the explosion of the kiln
and several horrible weeks in the hospital
when everyone thought she was going to die.

After the accident, though,
she became something different.

She became Crystella, the Glassmistress.

The glass could no longer hurt her --
almost nothing could hurt her anymore.

She could take on the form of molten glass,
glowing and fluid and hot enough
to burn whatever she touched.

She could control the stuff too,
reaching into it with her superpower
to melt and manipulate it.

Crystella learned how to shape glass
with her bare hands, blow bubbles with her lips,
spin it out into long golden strands.

She figured out how to knit with it,
and oh, that was tricky, keeping it
liquid yet not letting it stick to itself
until she had moved down the row.

There was a call from SPOON, during which
Crystella pressed the phone against her shoulder
and tried to remember not to melt the damn thing
while going "uh huh" a lot and explaining,
several times, that she didn't really
want to be a superhera.

She was an artist --
she had always been an artist --
only the methodology had changed.

As soon as the recruiter gave up,
Crystella set down the phone and
picked up her lapwork again,
knitting with light and power
the creatures of a coral reef.

* * *


Crystella, the Glassmistress (Chryssa Staats) -- She has tinted skin, amber eyes, and long straight hair of dark brown. She lives in Virginia. Her kitchen skills lean toward making nibblements for her artist friends. Chryssa tends toward a freestyle life, like many creative people, and isn't very good at imposing order. Sometimes she mixes things around just for the heck of it.
Crystella makes beautiful glass sculptures, originally with ordinary tools but now with her bare hands. She has done glassblowing, a little lampwork, carving, and now knitting. Chrystella prefers being an artist to becoming a superhera. She has also taken up modeling, because some of her friends are downright enchanted by her Glass Form, although in terms of technical skill she's not very adept yet.
Origin: Injured when a glass kiln exploded, she sustained serious injuries and almost died. Despite expectations she survived, and developed superpowers.
Uniform: Only natural fibers, so they won't melt. In the workshop she wears form-fitting clothes that won't snag, but outside she loves long flowing skirts and flapping sleeves.
Qualities: Master (+6) Glassworking, Expert (+4) Aesthetics, Expert (+4) Dexterity, Good (+2) Bohemian Friends, Good (+2) Making Munchies, Good (+2) Poetry Fan, Good (+2) Thermodynamics
Poor (-2) Organization
Powers: Good (+2) Glass Powers, Average (0) Invulnerability
Her metapower includes Glass Control and Glass Form so far.
Motivation: To capture the light.

* * *

The original prompt referred to knit glass made by knitting in wax and then making a mold. Basically this is what Chrystella makes by hand with actual glass thread.

Other methods that use glass thread include 3D printing and spun glass.

Knitting has been used for making coral reefs, sea creatures, and other water animals.

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Date: 2015-10-12 08:38 pm (UTC)
capri0mni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capri0mni
Where in Virginia does Chryssa live? 'Cause if she's anywhere near the Hampton Roads region (http://hrtpo.org/uploads/images/hrmpomapsmall.jpg), she'll probably be a regular at the Chrysler Museum (Yes, that Chrysler), which is famous for it's glass collection:http://www.chrysler.org/our-collection/collection-highlights/glass/ She may even work or volunteer there.

I visited nine years ago. At the time, the only wheelchair accessible entrance was through a locked door, and anyone using a wheelchair would struggle to reach the buzzer/speak through the intercom. My aide and I were left waiting out there (in January) upwards of fifteen minutes. I was not impressed. I trust T-America's version would be much, much, better.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2015-10-12 09:07 pm (UTC)
capri0mni: Thalia, from a Roman mosaic, carrying a comic mask and shepherd's crook (Thalia)
From: [personal profile] capri0mni
LoL! But of course...

I'll keep my ears perked for local news that might be an interesting story-seed in Polychrome, and Chryssa 'specially (I live within that little corner in northeast Chesapeake that's between Norfolk and Virginia Beach).

Re: Yes...

Date: 2015-10-13 09:36 pm (UTC)
capri0mni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capri0mni

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Date: 2015-10-12 09:13 pm (UTC)
thnidu: glowing light bulb. tinyurl.com/33j2v8h (light bulb)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Oooo, I think I want to go there sometime. My mom worked a lot in stained glass. She was no Tiffany, of course, but I gained a close-up appreciation of the medium

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Date: 2015-10-12 09:16 pm (UTC)
capri0mni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capri0mni
If ever you do, drop me a PM... we can make a get-together of it!

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Date: 2015-10-12 09:12 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
So, she can melt glass, but not by producing heat— otherwise bye-bye natural fibers, up in smoke! Interesting.

Re: Well...

Date: 2015-10-12 10:48 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu

But the heat required to melt glass normally is orders of magnitude greater, which is why I concluded that she was melting the glass without producing heat. So... she generates heat in the glass, maybe in her hands too, but the soup-heat coming off most of her body is a side effect that is difficult or impossible to control?

. http://X-Clacks-Overhead.dw/GNU-Terry_Pratchett . http://www.gnuterrypratchett.com/

Re: Well...

Date: 2015-10-13 10:55 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lone_cat
The way I'm reading it is that heating glass enough to make it molten/workable requires Intent, and might depend on the general composition and structure of glasses. OTOH, she normally produces enough heat for synthetics and plastics to be at risk unless she concentrates on not melting them.

Re: Well...

Date: 2015-10-13 12:57 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
That's pretty much what I had in mind.

Re: Well...

Date: 2015-10-13 09:10 pm (UTC)
thnidu: glowing light bulb. tinyurl.com/33j2v8h (light bulb)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Ahh! Thanks for expanding it for this (currently half-awake) brain.

(After adding icon) Light and glass!

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Date: 2015-10-13 03:54 am (UTC)
curiosity: Close up of a tabby cat's face from nose to corner of the eye, including part of the muzzle and a few whiskers. (Picto: Bright Beach)
From: [personal profile] curiosity
Ooooh. This is awesome! Knitting and glasswork!! Those must be impressive knitting needles.


Date: 2015-10-13 06:46 am (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
She's just a short jaunt away from Tolli and Simon-- who are north of Raleigh, NC, in a rural area. They'd be FASCINATED, and want to help her expand her clientele... ideas, ideas, ideas!


Date: 2015-10-13 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lone_cat
*blink*... For that matter, her hair clippings could be valuable, if she can get it cut at all.


Date: 2015-10-13 07:10 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
I've got an idea. It might actually work.

Brain is short-circuiting right now, so I'll flag this and try to remember to email you later.


Date: 2015-10-13 09:52 pm (UTC)
capri0mni: A black field crossed by five parallel lighting bolts in blue, gold, green, red, and purple (Default)
From: [personal profile] capri0mni
*Does the search engine thing*

If Cryssa/Crystella actually does live in Hampton Roads, it looks like she and Tolli & Simon are 'round about 200 miles apart (more or less), driving my road. So not exactly next door neighbors, but within a day trip of each other -- definitely within "networking artists" distance.

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Date: 2015-10-14 02:44 pm (UTC)
helgatwb: Drawing of Helga, holding her sword, looking upset. (Default)
From: [personal profile] helgatwb
So interesting.

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Date: 2015-10-12 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] westrider.livejournal.com
I love stuff about super-powers in art or everyday life. Thank you.

You're welcome!

Date: 2015-10-12 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I love that stuff too. I've never understood why the superpower genre is so freaking limited but I will not hesitate to go play in all the territory they have left untouched. :D

Really, most people aren't into military or law enforcement work, which is the majority of superhero action. Most people, if given superpowers, would think about how they could apply it to their profession or hobby. Sure, stopping supervillains is important, but so are other things like art and childcare -- and there are other ways of stopping supervillains besides hitting them. A surprising portion went into that because it was the only damn job they could get. You could save the world just by hiring someone.

So, Chrystella makes art of shining beauty. Yay!

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Date: 2015-10-13 11:51 pm (UTC)
gingicat: (just me - ginger)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Very cool!

Thank you!

Date: 2015-10-14 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I'm glad you liked it.


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