I have one particular long sleeve t-shirt that has become my go-to glassblowing shirt. First, it's grey, which is a good compromise between the get-dirty-too-easily light colors and the attract-heat dark colors. Second, it's cotton, but it's a very thin cotton. So thin that it's one step away from translucent. My thought is that it gives my arm a little protection while not making me too hot. Third, it has a nice deep scoop neck, to keep my neck from getting too hot. Fourth, it's old so if it gets really dirty or ruined, I won't mind too much. I usually wear it over a cotton tank top.
It looks like this:
That would be crazy! That would be ridiculous! Well, don't a lot of people wear specialized clothing for their sport or hobby that looks ridiculous to outsiders? You think bike shorts and cleats don't look ridiculous? And... like I said, this is an old shirt so if I totally screw it up...
After thinking about it for a few weeks, and inspired by ReFashionista, I finally got out my scissors. Now my favorite glassblowing shirt looks like this:
Yes, they sell kevlar sleeves that you can wear on one arm. But why buy special equipment when something in your closet will do?
Hey, while I'm at it, maybe I should add a thumb hole like those kevlar sleeves I've seen:
Pay no attention to the pink undershirt here, which is not natural fiber so it is not appropriate for glassblowing. But here's the finished product:
Ta-Da! My glassblowing shirt!
I wore it to glassblowing class and my teacher laughed. She said, "You know, you could buy a kevlar sleeve..." To which I responded, "But now I've got more money to spend on glass color!"