The evolution of a bracelet.

In pictures.

Because I don’t want to use my words today.

Even though words are my favourite thing.

I’m resting them.

Because it’s Sunday.

And it’s raining.

And rainy Sunday days like to rest their words.

Unless church is involved.

In which case there is celebration with words.

But I’m not in church.

So I’m resting mine.

And that’s why.


Moving on with no words.

Even though they’re my favourite…






















Go on.

You missed my words didn’t you?

You have no idea what went on in my brain while I was making this bracelet.

The choices,

The drama.

The worry.

When I had to have a cup of tea.

When I had to swear.

The bit where my audio book made me laugh and I burnt my finger.

Why I had to change up my original design and how that ticked me off.

The consequent anguish at not being good enough.

When I had to go inside and lay on the sofa in a deep desperate depression.

How traumatized I am now that it’s over.

Did I mention the worry?

See how I saved you all from this by choosing to have a wordless Sunday.

It’s o.k.

You can thank me later.


21 thoughts on “The evolution of a bracelet.

  1. Mary Meyer

    I totally love you and your descriptions. You give voice to the way I process with so much humor but you describe the creative anguish so well. I am learning so much from you! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself!

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      🙂 you’re welcome. This blog is the only thing keeping me sane lol

  2. Firstly, Beautiful work. Secondly, you had me hooked through the pictures, by the time I followed you through them thrice, I was amazed. Thirdly, I was so caught off guard by your ending words, I laughed out loud recognizing a common scenario. Lastly, Congratulations.

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  3. Gale

    As it ended up, that bracelet just seems to flow. Unlike your words. I am curious about where the cup of tea entered in….

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      You have to sacrifice a cup of tea to the help me god every time things get bad.

  4. You. crack. me. up. I totally get how your design process went down. I feel the anguish. I go through similar emotions while creating all the time, I am just not as eloquent and talented putting it into “no words” as you are! Thanks for making me laugh on an otherwise fairly crappy day!

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      I hope it’s just a crappy rainy day and not a crappy fed up day. Don’t like the crappy fed up days.

      • Oh, it was a crappy fed up day… but those make us appreciate the days that are not!

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  5. Lori in Indiana

    I absolutely love this bracelet. I think it’s my favorite of all that I have seen of yours. I’m not sure why you have feelings of not being good enough, because it is art and art is worthy on it’s own accord. Your things are so different from other jewelry pieces and paintings, I’m not sure how they could be compared with others anyway.

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      Thank you Lori, that’s a really nice note 🙂

  6. Sandy

    Entertaining and informative even without words!
    Did you use sterling sheet or fine silver sheet for the stone setting? Same question for type of wire.

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      I used fine silver for everything except for the wire immediately around the cab setting, and for making the balls which I hammered into discs. I could have used fine for everything, but didn’t have the 16 gauge fine silver wire handy, and just recycled scrap for the balls.

  7. KJ

    I think it is beautiful. Although… a picture of the back once the cab was set would have been great. I just love pieces that are well finished, i.e. look good on the back.

    Also, I really really like the balled wires on the setting.

    Of course, because it is Sunday and I am felling juvenile (it is a sugar rush) I really really really like the whole thing!

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  8. Cecilia Robinson

    What a beautiful piece, Deborah! Everything just works. By the way, I have been wanting to tell you that as far as jumprings are concerned, I find using dowel sticks works for me. They are cheap, and I have them in every size. So I just wind the wire around the dowel, and saw through them while holding onto the dowel. I dont have to wrap the coil, and it saves my poor fingers! Once again, good job with your bracelet, it is perfect!

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      Thanks Cecilia, I still haven’t used the dowel yet, but will give it a go when I get some. I have to say that I cut a lot of jump rings last night before I came inside, and still can’t get over how easy they cut just with that simple, over the edge, adjustment.

      • Cecilia Robinson

        Not to make you feel guilty or anything about your fabulous tools that I see in your studio, but here in darkest Africa we have to make do with quite basic tools as our postal system is virtually non-existant and we have to have things sent by courier from other countries, which makes it ridiculously expensive! So, I don’t have a thingy like yours, but, somehow, where there’s a will there is a way, as they say.

        • coldfeetstudioblog

          You know, I agree with you. The videos I really enjoy are the ones that show you how they used to (and sometimes still do) make jewelry from scratch while sitting on the floor, using just a hammer and anvil, etc. No fancy tools, just improvising with what they have. I find it fascinating. Tools are great and time saving, but really they’re not what makes a craftsman.

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