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Unintended Outcomes

A few weeks ago, I ordered some pieces from my favorite supplier. I had ordered similar things in the past, and had very specific ideas on what I was going to create with them. They would fit pretty well into the general look of what I do. I was actually quite proud of my order. In that past, I have done a lot of “Oooh, that’s cool! I think I’ll get it.” ordering. Not a good idea. You end up with stuff that is really neat, but it makes deciding what to make a whole lot tougher. (I might or might not have a decent sized stash of stuff I like but don’t know what to do with) So, this time, I knew where I was going. Go, Me!

I was not disappointed when I got my order. Then again, it’s pretty hard to be disappointed with what you order from B’Sue. I had ordered one more cabochon than I needed, so I could pick once I saw them in person. And I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to find a use for the extra.

The large filigrees I was using for this project were raw brass, which, in my world, needed to be torched. Have I mentioned how much I love coloring metal with fire? It’s SO fun. Anyway, they turned out really cool. I torched them at the same time, but used a bit more fire on one than the other, and got totally different results. Fire is fun, friends. (in a safely controlled manner) Awesome. I was so excited. Before I sealed them, I decided to fiddle around with composition. I had two filigrees and three cabs to work with.

 

And I didn’t like ANY of the combinations.

Well, drat.

*deep breath*

So I started digging. I pulled out a lot of different stuff and started trying various combinations. It took quite a bit of time. But eventually I found some things that I liked enough to start putting them together. I was really disappointed that my original plans weren’t going to come together, but that’s life, right? I had intended the pieces to be long necklaces. But that just didn’t seem right with the direction change. So, they are now bracelets. Well, one is. The other is a bracelet-in-training.

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Bracelet-in-traning

The one that is completed looks pretty stellar, in my opinion. I have had book chain for months, but it’s such a special item that I have been waiting to use it. It needed just the right project. And I could totally hear my father reminding me “measure twice, cut once.” Granted, I wasn’t actually cutting the chain, but the concept was the same. I wasn’t interested in attempting to re-attach any bits to the main length of chain, so I wanted to make sure I separated off the right amounts. The FIRST time. And good golly, that chain is worth every penny. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m so glad I used it, even though it was stressful (I hate wasting the good stuff. And this chain is definitely the good stuff)

The end results are slightly different than my usual style, but I think they still work pretty well with the rest of my pieces. What do you think?

 

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Progress

So far I’m doing fairly well on my efforts for Lent. The eating thing is difficult at times, but I have really held to it. The decluttering thing is a bit harder than I thought it would be, but mostly due to time constraints. I’m hoping this week will go better on that end. 

The jewelry thing is going really well. I have managed to make something every day. Friday was tough, and I almost skipped, but I got something done. (I went on a double date with my hubby and some friends, which made it tough to fit in but I got ‘er done.) I haven’t been thrilled with all of the finished products, but I am already feeling so much less stuck, which was the point of all this. 

So. I’m feeling pretty good (aside from being really hungry) and the thought of heading down to the messy workshop (aka the B. Hive) is no longer bringing out a sense of dread and defeat. 

I have made 5 or 6 pairs of earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet. BAM.

And I’ve been torching some stuff. Because torching stuff is fun. Fire makes metals really extra pretty. Usually. 

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