As often as not, I make something and then decide it’s not quite right. Sometimes I just lay it aside, and it languishes. Or I re-make it, and I’m still not satisfied. I know perfection doesn’t exist, and I’d like to break this pattern. An example is a necklace I made yesterday. My first try was unsatisfactory, so I took it apart and put it back together. Here it is with three of the main things I would still change about it. But do they really need changing?
I actually think it looks like a cute necklace. I wonder if I’d like it if someone else had made it? I’m not sure. Here are three things I might change:
Silver wire – I didn’t have a small enough gauge of brass wire for the pearls, so I used a matte silver color. Would brass really make much of a difference? I don’t have a problem with mixed metals when other people use them. I also generally like things that are higher contrast, and brass would blend in more.
Wing Ding – Love the little green wing ding bead by Genea. However, I wonder if I should have put it down further on the strand. I think I’d like how it would fit better. I’m not sure this placement shows it off to its best advantage.
Knot – I am happy that I used ribbon. I try to use ribbon and am never happy with it. I’m happy with this except for the knot. I wonder if it’s too bulky. Maybe I should have tied the pendant on with a little piece of the waxed linen that I used for other connections.
I’m surprised by the things that don’t bother me. The messy wrap I tried on the pendant didn’t turn out like I wanted, and the wire wrapping on the ribbon ends isn’t that great. It’s not even! That doesn’t seem to bother me. I know I’m often an “in the box” thinker; perhaps I’m stifling my own creativity. I know I particularly love rough looking beads, messy wire wraps and that sort of thing when other people make them.
On a totally happy note, here are some lovelies I got in the mail today from Trinket Foundry.
My mother and I are going to each make a bracelet (see the design on Trinket Foundry’s Facebook page from June 4th). The staff was wonderful in making sure I got what we needed for our beading weekend over July 4th. I bought extra materials because they are so cute. Those little glass circles will make great connectors for something!