From ExplainThatStuff.com they state this about how to make glass:
Believe it or not, glass is made from liquid sand. You can make glass by heating ordinary sand (which is mostly made of silicon dioxide) until it melts and turns into a liquid. You won’t find that happening on your local beach: sand melts at the incredibly high temperature of 1700°C (3090°F).
When molten sand cools, it doesn’t turn back into the gritty yellow stuff you started out with: it undergoes a complete transformation and gains an entirely different inner structure. But it doesn’t matter how much you cool the sand, it never quite sets into a solid. Instead, it becomes a kind of frozen liquid or what materials scientists refer to as an amorphous solid. It’s like a cross between a solid and a liquid with some of the crystalline order of a solid and some of the molecular randomness of a liquid.
My inspiration for this week’s design comes from three of this week’s MotDs (#183, #184, and #186), with concentric circles, swirly patterns, and stripes. All three inspired the portal theme in some way, shape or form.
In ExplainThatStuff‘s description of glass, one line stuck out above all the rest: it undergoes a complete transformation and gains an entirely different inner structure.
This week’s mandala inspires us to enter our inner portal, exploring areas that seek transformation, evolution, growth, and/or expansion, which we can do as we color this mandala…probably more than once. 🙂
And as the description goes on to imply, once transformed it’s never quite the same, we’re never quite the same. We’ve all experienced such transformations in the past; except now it may seem more daunting because with each transformation the process ups the ante a bit. Like a video game, with each level we pass through, our skill set needs to improve in order to advance.
It may help to adopt this famous mantra:
Everyday, in every way, I am getting better and better – Émile Coué de la Châtaigneraie
The Mandala Lady