Friday, April 30, 2010
Bending the Wire
I have always enjoyed making beaded jewelery and find it very relaxing. A few years ago, I came across some beads that took me back to the 70s which had a feel of "flower power" and "peace" to them. My hand would not let the strand of beads go. As I ran the smooth glass through my fingers, I could see a chunky necklace that was happy with the colors of blues and yellows, hanging carefree around my neck. I bought the beads and later, I also found a sterling silver pendant that had some flowers resembling the flowers on the beads. Everything sat in a paper bag for two years. The necklace I pictured was with links and I knew only how to strand beads. I found myself a little (okay a lot) intimidated by bending the wire.
I finally got over my fear of messing it up and sat down and gave it a try. I thought to myself, 'If I "mess" it up, I can just take it apart and start over again, it's no biggie.' Are my loops perfect? NO. That is okay... I am learning how to bend the wire and having fun while I am at it. I have already made three more necklaces by bending the wire and making links! Every time I make a necklace or bracelet, I get a little better at it. I have already fixed the necklace (I am showing you), in some of the areas I was not too happy with. Needless to say... I am having a blast! It feels good to step out of the box I have put myself in, which has made it capable for me to be more "creative" and not so constricted. Let the creative juices flow!