Sunday, August 16, 2009

a few adjustments

Make that, feathers necklace almost finished, from yesterday's post. OCD overcame me and I took the single leather strand off. I tried this necklace on as I had it yesterday and it just didn't lay right. The lone mustard strip was just not enough, weight-wise, to balance out the other side with the heavier (although fine) chain and amethyst strand. It bothered me so much I went to bed mad at myself last night that I couldn't seem to get it right. Grrr....

A new day today, lots to do other than this necklace but into the studio I went and just sat down and went to work. Mango, of course, put in his furry two cents worth... Of course he agreed that mustard was still the color to use. ;)

He's usually on top of whatever I'm working in, not laying on the bookcase when I'm in the middle of jewelry work.

Anyway, instead of just going with more chain and thus jacking up the price, I took the leather off (thus tossing the carefully wrapped silver wire into the recycle bin, which is pretty full to begin with...), cut three more strips off the hide, slid a few lovely mellow yellow lampwork beads onto the slimmer two strands, made a larger wrapped loop, re-attached both ends of all leather strips, and voila! It looks more balanced, is sturdier, and most important, has a very lovely non-droopy drape when worn. Ahhhh.... I feel ever so much better. Now, to get it on Etsy before midnight is the question http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com. It's getting late and my household is still pretty lively. My husband has classical music booming in the living room where I'm typing this and the television blasting from the bedroom. Mango is dragging a toy mouse on a string around the apartment while howling his head off, and Lucy is on the bed barking for me to come to bed and sit with her (this is her old dog thing. why else would I have anything to do but sit with the Lu on the bed all day long?). How do I think at all?? Plus we have resolved to start walking again instead of coming home or finishing up work and just flopping like we've been doing for months. So we're walking soon as I'm done with this blog entry even though it's 10 pm oh yes we are. I am determined to lose ten pounds before Christmas!

Super cool necklaces coming later mid week. I promise you probably haven't seen anything like them anywhere...





7 comments:

Linda-B said...

Lovely necklace. I love the combination of materials, and the colors.

maryharding said...

Very dynamic necklace. I love the yellow ochre leather and your adjustments. I saw this one first, missed yesterday's blog and the evolution of this piece is so wonderful. That time in between when things aren't working is soo painful and frustrating.

karengberger said...

This is gorgeous. I want to post a link to your site on fb so another friend can see this. She has just quoted this verse recently.

Lorelei said...

I thought the necklace was great the first time, but I really really like the improvements you made! Good decision!!

Can't wait to see the next necklaces! you tease!!

Katie said...

Love the new look of the necklace! I love that I'm not the only one who ends up taking things apart and redoing them because there's just something about it that nags at me...It's all part of the process!

And, I love that you have a cat that makes awful howling noises to let you know he's dragging stuff around...We have one of those. I usually just have to ask him what he's found and tell him he's a good boy, and then we can be freed from the noise (especially since the noise usually happens while Thomas is watching one of his shows...)...

Theresa said...

This necklace is gorgeous!!! The colors and materials are so interesting~~~~~

Christine Damm said...

I know the feeling when the piece is good but it could be great! Like a pebble in your shoe. Ya just gotta fuss with it until it's right. The mark of a true craftsman, in my opinion! Beautiful piece and LOVE the mustard color (or ochre, as I like to call it).