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Winter 2017 Jewelry Making Challenge Week #3…When There Is No Story

Most of the time when I make something there is an experience or story to share with it.  That hasn’t been my experience this week.  I have tried to think of something and I realized that I don’t need to come up with something just to write about it, so this entry will be pretty straight forward as was the piece I made.

I chose to create a pendant using the Fern Weave Tutorial by Julie Hulick.  It was another opportunity to work with a cabochon and expand my skills in that area.  It was a pretty quick piece to make overall.  I did find the back of it took the most time, but I am learning that capturing a cabochon can be tricky especially if you are not used to it.  They don’t like to stay put.

Here are some pictures of my finished piece…

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Fern Weave Pendant (Front View)

 

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Fern Weave Pendant (Back View)

 

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Fern Weave Pendant (Top View)
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Fern Weave Pendant (Side View)

 

Some things learned or remembered…

~Cabochons are slippery and like to pop out of their frames so keep a proper grasp on them or else they might go flying.

~People have different ways of creating wire jewelry and it won’t be comfortable for me to use new methods at first but I will adapt.

~Labradorite is my favorite gemstone.

~Just because a project looks simple doesn’t mean it is okay to assume it won’t take time to make.

~It is good to try new things to learn and grow, but it is also good to be content and confident in my current skills.

~I really like the bail in this pendant and look forward to incorporating it into future pieces.

~Good enough is good enough.

That is all for this week.  I am excited about what I have chosen to make next week.  I also have some other things I am wanting to make for my personal jewelry, but we will see how much I get to make.  I hope that you have a great week!

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October 2016 Jewelry Challenge Week #3…Something Simple

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…

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Simple Pendant
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Simple Pendant (Top View)
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Simple Pendant (Bottom View)

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!