Monday, March 15, 2010
It's odd how suddenly an idea can come into your head. In my mind, I've been envisioning a bracelet made of silver square links, each of the squares stamped with a different pattern.
This idea has been knocking around my head for a couple of weeks but it wasn't until last Thursday that I had some time to work on it.
This was going to be a heavy chunky bracelet. And because I had NO IDEA OF WHAT I WAS DOING, I decided that I better try it copper first. Otherwise, I might end up with a lot of very expensive scrap silver.
As I went along, I learned what worked and what didn't work so well. Everything fell into place SORT OF how I wanted it. I had the links all finished and connected, but I had no ideas of what to do for the closure. I went to bed a little disappointed and didn't know what to do next.
I left the bracelet alone for the next couple of days. I liked the way it had progressed but I was afraid that the wrong clasp woul completely ruin it.
Seriously. I DREAMT clasps in my sleep: snaps, hooks, toggles.
Saturday morning I was dozing in bed and it was about time to get up. But I was just lying there, enjoying the warmth of my bed, not wanting to get out, half dreaming and thinking about the bracelet. All of a sudden, out of absolutely no where, it came to me. I knew EXACTLY how I was going to finish the bracelet.
Once I knew how I wanted the clasp to look, it didn't take me long that day to finish the bracelet.
This is what I really like to do. Create something completely out of my head and try to figure out how to do it without using any directions. I'm completely self-taught, and trying to figure out the techniques is so much fun. It probably takes me ten times as long, but at least I'm enjoying myself.
Labels: jewelry making