Do you ever love something you created so much that your knees are knocking just thinking about making something with it? Does that make any sense ?
While I didn’t actually create the whole dragonfly focal…I did mess with it a bit…altered it. Kind of spur of the moment, too. In the same order from Lima Beads, I had a couple of dragonfly pendants and some gorgeous recycled glass drops (planned for some earrings). Well, upon closer inspection, I was very concerned that the tail of the dragonfly was too pointy and too thin to be of any use in a jewelry piece.
When what to my wandering eye should appear?…but a lovely turquoise glass drop that just might fit nicely over that spindly tail. I did need to nip off the ball tip first, but with some epoxy, it was a perfect solution. Honestly, couldn’t take my eyes off of it.
Then, it sat and sat and sat on my workbench. I knew it could make a knock-out necklace, but I was afraid I couldn’t live up to the challenge. Kept laying it next to different beads and brass chain to see what struck my imagination. Today, I gave myself one of those swift kicks in the pants (mentally) and said, “Just do it, stupid!” It’s not permanent. You can take it all apart. Get over yourself.
I also had this other idea of the focal being suspended from the wings, instead of close to the tiny head. So using punch pliers and a deep breath, I made holes at the wing tips. Exhale… I also used some 0000 steel wool to scrub off the dark brown patina to expose the brighter brass highlights in the design.
Hi, My name is Lynda.
Exploring the wide world of jewelry making in my retirement from teaching. I'm grateful to be a part of this worldwide community of jewelry bloggers, where I receive encouragement, inspiration, and sometimes...a kick in the pants to take a risk!
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