Have you ever worked on a piece that seemed like you would never get finished? I just did!!
It is a collar that I am entering into the FMG seed bead contest at the end of the month. Actually, I am entering two pieces. The first one came together easily, and was finished weeks ago.
But this one.....!!! It is something quite different for me and I was pretty excited about it. I started working on it in Dec., and had all the components finished for quite awhile. It sat in my studio in a tray, and I would continually rearrange the components, even taking pictures of them in different arrangements until I came up with one I thought I liked. About a month ago I assembled it, and made a few more components to add to it
Here is a sneak peek of some of the components- I don't want to show you the whole piece until after the competition!
I wanted it asymmetrical- but that has always been a struggle for me. And this was no exception. It just didn't work out like I pictured it. So I started tearing it apart and rearranging it again. OK- I liked it. Then I added black connecting parts. I loved it! ....until the next morning that is. Too dark. So I tore it all apart and modified the connectors.
Still not happy- I decided to add a big fringe. I finished this one night, fairly pleased with it, until, again, morning came and I decided the fringe needed to be longer. Added length to the fringe, but, NO, I DIDN"T LIKE IT! Tore off the whole fringe.
By this time I was getting really frustrated. My son and wife are coming for a visit for a few days and I really should be getting the house ready. I have my first show in 2 weeks, and I have bundles of stuff to do for that! And the "Battle of the Beadsmith" is pressing in on me- I need to get started on that piece. So last night I decided to finish the clasp etc. and just be done with it. I could live with it, even though it is not what I envisioned.
This morning, I took some photos of it. And yes, you guessed it, it turned out that I could not live with it as it was. I tore out part of it and re-positioned a couple of components. Done. I think it's OK.
Here is a picture of the back- actually- I really like the back!!
So, now I have to get started on my other projects. Happy this is done. Wait- if I just added one more bead over there..........