And what thrills me so much right now is the discovery of designing jewelry. After all these years, I feel pretty confident with my skills to not even think about how or why I am doing this technique or that. Right now all I do is let the colors and patterns speak to me. I am also discovering how to design each piece in different ways working each until I've come up with a technique that not only will be durable but will also say it is me. You know there are times when just sitting at my work desk with all the beads and bobbles in front of me with my one Ott Lamp on that I get chills and thrills from placing them side by side in a three dimensional puzzle of color and technique. Sometimes my heart races when I find myself inspired with some new pathway or pattern, and I actually have to make myself calm down. Such a roller coaster ride I experience with my new passion for designing. Up up up goes the ride as I pick out colors and beads, then with needle and thread the plummet and twirls go one until I pick up that last bead or clasp and finish the project.
|Completed: Fossil Find|
Well, enough of my personal story. Let me show you what made me excited and sent thrills through be this past week. I started with a big glass crystal cabochon that I'd gotten at the Met the Teacher's night at last year's Bead and Button. The fossils were found at the local thrift store. Digging through the craft section, I found a very discolored plastic bag that sounded like rocks when I shook the bag. We weren't allowed to open it, so I bought is sight unseen. Imagine how surprised I was when I opened the bag and found all those fossils. There were 50 of them in that bag! So yep, it never hurts to buy a pig in poke as my Grandma said.
|From the bag of fossils|
|Beginning of Fossil Find which originally was going to be just a brooch|
|Then I remembered the fossils and though they would match the crystal|
|Attaching the fossils to the brooch|
|Adding support to keep the fossils from falling in upon themselves|
|The brooch became a necklace|