The theme for this week’s challenge was “simple”. It can mean many things depending upon the person. To some it could mean minimalist and to others it might just mean less. My definition for simple in jewelry making would be less and quick. I love to weave wire and if I am making my own pieces I can find it hard to get a good stopping point without weaving and weaving until I end up with a “statement” necklace. I want to be able to make a variety of pieces from really fancy and intricate to simple and elegant and still make it fit my style. I know it is possible, but it isn’t something I will accomplish overnight. It will take trial and error which means I need to be okay with things that doing turn out the first time…which means I need to give myself patience and grace. It is a good challenge to grow these parts of me to say the least. 🙂
I started my week with an idea in mind and began work on a “simple” pendant. Well as the week went on I found that pendant really wasn’t falling into the challenge theme, so on Friday I decided I needed to actually make a simple piece. I had a quick idea in mind so I quickly went and cut a few pieces of wire that were a whole lot shorter than normal. I picked out some beads and I began my weaving. I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into the pendant, I just kept making it. It took a little longer than anticipated, but it was so much quicker than one of my normal pieces.
Here are picture of the results…
I think my favorite part of the piece is the tiny bail. I love making my bails that way in my other pieces, but it looks so cute in miniature on this pendant. I look forward to playing with new designs in the future that are simple. I guess the key for me to remember when I do want something simple is to not think too much. I need to have a general idea and just go with it…moving forward confidently! It is so funny to me when I realize,”oh yeah, I can do this”. Why is it so hard to remember those things that are encouraging and true? I never seem to have trouble hanging onto the negative things in my mind, but I have to work really hard to hang onto the good and encouraging. I guess that is why we are encouraged to “think on whatever is true, noble, right, lovely pure, and admirable”. It is a thing to do in the present, something constant…not something we do once and then it is always done. It is good to remember this, but it isn’t always easy to put into practice. Especially when the hard things of life hit, but I have found that is when it is needed the most.
Well, we only have one more week in our challenge! I am looking forward to creating my project for next week! Stay tuned to see what it will be. In the mean time, I hope you have a blessed week and will remember those good and encouraging things in your life!