12 November 2012

a coupla shoula-known-betters

i put aside my afternoon for some studio work. i spent a few hours, but it ultimately came to nothing except lessons to 1. pay attention and 2. trust my instincts.

this started as a bracelet. i strung and re-strung garnet, labradorite and silver beads and knotted and re-knotted leather. alas, nothing seemed to be nicely asymmetrical AND laying on my wrist right. then i started conceiving of it as the front part of a necklace...i suspect this decision was in part made because i could justify making it symmetrical if i knew it was to be a part of a necklace. so i went along, tra-la-la, liking the look of my beads and leather. but then i realized....

that i has started this as a bracelet and it had a single loop on one side...and no tidy way to make a single loop on the other side....grrr.....

and THIS honker, that i've been working on for (literally) years? i knew a single strand of leather would be visually way too thin for this large piece, yet i went ahead and put it on anyway. not to mention the weird doubled up middle section.

part of the problem is that i had decided that these would be finished today. so i went forward (willy-nilly) with that plan, even when it became clear in both cases that today was not a finishing day.

on the positive side, i think these are both going in a positive direction...i guess another day will have to be finishing day.





my helper



3 comments:

Barb Fernald said...

If you knew how many times I have strung and restrung things....
Most of the time I have to get them wrong before I figure out how to get them right. Are you using a button clasp in the bracelet? Could you tie it with the two ends of leather using a square knot?
The big honker haunts you! It looks cool though, so keep at it. It definitely needs something heavier (visually) to balance it. Silver snake chain? Silk ribbon? Thicker leather?
xoxo

holly k said...

that's so funny, barb....i never think of you stringing and re-stringing! i imagine you get those beautiful necklaces intuitively perfect in one shot....
the "bracelet" will eventually be one of a multi-strand necklace, i believe....and the honker will probably have multistrand leather and tiny beads in front and some chain towards the back...someday...
xoxo

Barb Fernald said...

That's funny! I don't think I've ever put a necklace together in one shot!
I love the honker, no matter what you end up doing with it. Good memories!