Saturday, July 27, 2013
Bead Challenged Bliss...
I have a very dear friend who recently purchased a necklace for an upcoming trip she is to take. The necklace had no matching earrings. So she purchased some beads and findings and asked me to make them for her. I was delighted and said of course I would be happy to. That was before I saw the findings.
My first attempts were not working. I was struggling as the tiny...very tiny...little loops on the circles do not open. They are fixed in place. I usually do wire wrapped loops and attached them during the wrapping process. Even with all my tools and both of my hands I could not get my loops attached to these little fixed circles. And I realized that my wire wrapped loops were too long for the top hanging bead. Drat!
I was certain that I would not be able to make these earrings and that was very disheartening to me. Hmmm...this is the modern world with internet! I Googled YouTube and found a nice easy to understand tutorial on how to make "chandelier earrings". With renewed confidence I went back to the jewelry table and tried my new-found method. With only a few tries I was able to get one little bead attached to one little circle. I destroyed a few of my sterling silver headpins in the process but persevered. Having a couple more hands...maybe eight like an octopus might have...would have helped. Success! I am pleased with the results and managed to make a matching pair of chandelier earrings for my friend. I do believe the person in the video has had a lot more experience and therefore has perfected her looping techniques. I will keep trying.
This is much more my comfort zone. A lovely beaded headpin with a wrapped loop which attaches it to the fixed larger loop on the Dogwood charm. However, I am glad I tried something out of my comfort zone as that is how we improve our skills. It felt so good to actually create something with beads and findings.
Summer is glorious here in the pines. I do hope you are enjoying your summer/winter doing what gives you bliss. Are you learning any new techniques or crafts?
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