I often make things I don’t like but I don’t know exactly why. I wonder whether I would like them better if someone else made them. I like the parts.
I absolutely LOVE the bracelet bar by Jennifer Wrassmann Pottner of Urban Raku that I got on the Ceramic Art Bead Market. I love raku, and this is my favorite kind – rusty and crusty looking. It is so beautiful. I decided to get over my fear of dark wire – my favorite kind when others use it – and used that to connect some great crusty amber, old red glass and yellow African glass. I finished it off with a Miss Fickle Media clasp.
So why don’t I like it? I tried to analyze it and came up with a few things. I think there is too much negative space. I need to connect my wire loops directly without jump rings. Possibly even just make simple loops rather than wrapped loops. I need smaller jump rings to connect the bracelet bar to the rest of the bracelet. Possibly I should just make my own with the same wire.
I made this necklace last week with some turquoise beads I won from Halcraft.
I’ve been planning a red and turquoise necklace since I got the beads. I actually made this necklace twice and didn’t like either one. Why don’t I like it? It doesn’t lay right at all. Neither did the first one. I need to stop trying to wing it and actually look at the type of necklace I am going for and read some instructions. When I went to the Halcraft page to get the link for this post, a necklace tutorial with the look I need is right there on their page. Thanks, Halcraft!
Instead of my usual tactic of abandoning these projects, I figured out what would make them better. Now I just have to take the time to work on them. I’ve never liked having to remake things, but I am learning to be patient and do what needs to be done to create the pieces I really want. And I really want the versions of these two pieces that are in my head.