Thursday, July 23, 2009

lesson learned

well, yesterday was productive until about 5pm, when i completely and unutterably effed up the pendant (above) that i had been working on for a week. it is unrepairable. completely unrepairable. all i can hope for is to be able to cut out the cabs and re-use them on another pendant.

so, lesson learned.

first of all - don't try to be too aggressive when just starting a new technique. i thought i had enough experience and had been getting better with my embroidery techniques that i could go for a bigger project. aiiighh. that's the sound of a game show buzzer signalling you are not only wrong, but completely out of time and luck.

second - use a pen - not a pencil - to trace your outline onto whatever it is that you are beading on. that way you can actually SEE where you need to end. in a nutshell - your circle won't come out wonky. hopefully.

so, i cried yesterday evening.

i felt like a failure. i felt like i had wasted this entire month learning a new technique rather than churning out the earrings, bracelets, and pendants that needed to be made. joseph had to talk me out of spiralling into a fit of anger and depression. i got the edison talk. i get this a lot. this time it worked. it usually just makes me mad. and i let him take me for cannoli's. that definitely helped.

i guess if i look at it realistically, after a great deal of trial and error, i HAVE taught myself a new technique and for the most part, i am very proud of the pieces i have completed.

maybe this month wasn't such a waste after all....

but today i am making earrings, bracelets, and pendants. sometimes you just have to got your happy place!

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