Look how spotless I’ve made it.
O.K., O.K., so that’s not mine, but I did try.
I even put a pic of me next to P’s sink in case he forgets who I am.
Look at me in my hat :)
So, now that’s done, it’s on to the real stuff.
Remember this, and how I was waiting to come out of the soldering funk to finish it.
Well this happened.
To be honest, and without making excuses of course, I wasn’t that happy with the stone anyway. Its shape wasn’t exactly symmetrical, and one side was a little thicker than the other.
I’ve found that as I’m progressing with my jewelry making I’m beginning to notice these things more. It hasn’t really bothered me up until now as when I first started I didn’t necessarily want to spend a fortune on supplies. But recently I’ve begun to see that the stone cut can hamper the setting more than I thought. Tiny differences in shape and thickness really started to irritate the perfectionist in me. To begin with I thought it was something I was doing wrong when the stone seemed a little out of whack in its setting, but now I’m starting to pay more attention I can see that it’s not always my fault and that perhaps I should start being more careful with what I buy.
Everything has its time and place.
But not one to be defeated, I decided to have a cup of tea and a rethink.
As stubborn as I am I just cannot give up, and so as my cup emptied and my initial irritation started to wear off, I took my first plunge into stone grinding which, amazingly, was not as intimidating as I thought it would be.
And I reworked the piece until
I got this.
Even P said it was a good recovery, and he doesn’t really care about what happens in the studio.
Although he did say it looks a bit like an angel, which kind of bothered me as I’m not an angel kind of girl.
This time I put the clasp onto the top of the pendant and the chain will go around the neck and hook at the front. I’m not sure about this, but I’m willing to give it a try.
After all, it’s a survivor and deserves a treat.