All of a sudden the studio is back in my life.
Took its darn time I can tell you.
I still have a bit of trouble getting in there first thing, but once I finally make it through the door I’m in there for the rest of the day.
I finished this yesterday.
I’ve had these little larimars for a while now and didn’t really know what to do with them.
I kind of like it, but there are a few changes I’m going to make to it today.
When I finish a bracelet I like to wear it for an hour or so to get the feel of how it lays and if there are any improvements I can make on it.
This one is a little different in that the focus is on two sides instead of the three larimars all sitting next to one another.
Look at that poor dried up skin 🙁
I actually like the oddity of the arrangement, however, although I didn’t think I would, but I’m going to change up the chain just a little so that it accommodates more wrist sizes. It fits me great, but I’d like it to have more options.
And, of course, what would a finished piece of jewelry be without the obligatory boo boo. Just when you finally put the thing down from spending forever buffing and cleaning it and exhaling that final sigh of contentment…
A leaf comes unsoldered.
Oh they look all fine and dandy here I know, but as soon as I turned my back on them one of them innocent looking leaves came loose.
The culprit here is the larger top leaf on the far right of the photo.
It’s still attached to the setting by its stem, but the actual leaf is able to bend when caught on something.
So the larimar is coming out, and that leaf is going to be re-soldered whether it likes it or not.
No one messes with the hand that holds the torch!
And now I’m back.
The leaf is soldered anew and the chain is revamped.
Only now I’m not happy with the buffing.
Or the back.
It’s o.k. isn’t it to never be satisfied…
It’s what will make us great.
Now I’m off to make another one.
16 thoughts on “I’m glad that’s over with…”
Well, I for one think it’s stunning! I too love the arrangement of the stones, and think the buffing is lovely and I like the back! We are our own worst critics, aren’t we? But the most important thing is that it feels right to its maker (although I’d hate to see you change it… But in your hands, it would probably be even stunninger, if that were possible!)
🙂 we are definitely our own worse enemies …
I’d be thrilled if I could make something as nice as that, but you have to do what you feel is right:-) I think it turned out really great! I love your work.
Thanks Mary 🙂
Really nice work.
Thank you 🙂
Very nice!! I loved the first chain, also! Very organic looking. Do you have 4 layers of silver under the main larimer?? That’s a LOT of soldering and silver. Just beautiful. You have such a wonderful eye – really amazing.
There is just two layers of silver sheet for the round one with the balls and one layer for the other two. The other two are built up with wire and leaf adornments which is probably why they look so layered. It’s got a nice weight to it.
This bracelet is just dreamy! Sooooo beautiful. It seems that you have found your groove this year! Not that your previous stuff was not yummy too, but now your work shows a newfound confidence in your own style. The new owner of this piece is going to be the luckiest person alive. Thanks also to yourself and all your blogging buddies who have read and commented on my new blog. I have already started to doubt my decision to do it and stressing about what to write about next, but with all the beautiful comments and interest that I have received, I am going to start writing my next post right now 🙂
🙂 Do it! 30 comments, that’s more than I’ve ever had lol I think it’s great!
It looks like it does. It seems nice and solid. I love solid jewelry. 🙂
What’s your blog??
great looking piece and once again you made me feel great with the unsoldered leaf! Always!!