Every now and then I get stuck. Just sit there looking at my work table, tools, beads, stones, wire and despite my best attempts to will myself into re-inventing the creative wheel – it just doesn’t happen.
So I have learned to step away and clean my shop instead.
Then, the other day, I came across two necklaces that I made a while back, like three or four years ago. Looking at them instantly returned me to the how and why I created them, a walk down memory lane…
Interesting how not only my style, but my entire mindset has changed in such a relatively short time.
The first thing I noticed was that I had put store bought clasps on both pieces… something I no longer do. And I remember exactly why. Making my own seemed too amateurish and I struggled with a clasp design that I could really hang my hat on. Using store bought, I reasoned with myself, would make my pieces look more professional.
The next big change was the use of ready-made chain. Sure, it’s pretty and I do still like the look, but once I decided on following the handcrafted path, well, I just cannot go back.
Hmm, the wire wrapping on the beads… if I let myself, I will cringe just looking at it, but you know, I won’t. I was learning how to do it, and the only way to get good at something is to practice – a lot- and allow yourself to fail.
Why am I rambling on about how things used to be?
It is just so easy to feel stuck and beat yourself up for not possessing the skills others seem to have mastered ions ago.
But that is the revelation I had pondering these two necklaces. I am not stuck at all. I have learned a lot and making something that winds up looking like the designs in my head is becoming easier, more doable all the time. And judging by these two pieces I have learned quite a bit since then!
And when I sit down to create something new and it doesn’t flow easily I will not despair and throw my arms up in the air, but take a deep breath and remember how far I have come.
One thing hasn’t changed. I still like the beads I used in those old necklaces and cannot wait to re -use them in something I will be really proud of:)