Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It Is Finished

Last week, I was in Calgary visiting my daughter and her family, snuggling the grandsons, and celebrating the youngest's 1st birthday. This year seems to have flown very fast. I find it hard to believe he's a year already.

On Monday, I went into Kamloops to visit the surgeon... about my hip... yet, again, still. Apparently, there is very little fluid in the cavity now and it's mostly a bunch of garbage and scar tissue so I would now benefit from physiotherapy. I have a prescription and I'm organizing that. Apparently, I can go through the hospital here and...

...YES YES... Howard and I now have a family doctor. Ours moved to Vancouver and yesterday I talked to a doctor here in Samon Arm who is willing to take us on. That's especially important with Howard's health so I'm very grateful both to the doctor and to my friend who recommended us. I owe her a big ball of squishy yummy yarn to say thank you. SO...





... with all that out of the way... my goal for Tuesday was to finish the black and white necklace. At this point, it seemed more important to find a way to be done than to find a spectacular way to be done especially as I've been playing with this idea since November 2015 when I saw the picture above left of Audrey on Advanced Style. I love her whole outfit - the vibrant pants, the plain black top, the statement necklace, all of it - and the picture became a source of inspiration for a necklace of my own. Ideally, it would have inspired an entire outfit only I've been "stuck" on this part for months. It was time to move on and take the learning forward into another piece.





At one point, my coach - Diane Ericson - suggested I use a favourite necklace as an inspirational way to push through. As you can see, the necklace has far more texture, depth, and shine than the motif I'd created or any...





... of the other attempts I'd made. These pendant ideas turned out far too tight and controlled with virtually no life and vitality. The one on the left looks like an egg with a black yoke and that's definitely not what I was looking for.





For the "chain" I started by wrapping a length of piping in black and white string. Again, it wasn't the look I was going for but this time I don't mind the results. I'll use it for another project at some point in the future.





In the end, I cut a bias strip of a black and white fabric, pressed under the raw edges, and wrapped it around the piping overlapping the edges as I went and then...





... I added a crisscross layer of DMC pearl cotton to not only hold the bias strips in place but to add another dimension and then...



... I sewed different sizes of beads to the "chain" and added closures to each end. That felt like tremendous progress even though it's since waited months for a pendant that works. LOL - I've tried a lot that didn't work.





One of the ideas was to cover a plastic shape with a piece of white linen that I'd doodled on with a black pen. No.



 


Another was to cut pieces from a painting and glue them to wooden (purchased) shapes. While I loved the colours of the painting, the end result had a craft overtone as opposed to a sophisticated one. No.





After that, I played around with pieces of wood and tied knots using different kinds of cording and developed all kinds of.... 





... layouts that had potential although nothing seemed to work out exactly the way I thought it should. It's basically a lack of skill and experience. What I could image in my mind was just beyond the scope of my extremely limited jewelry making abilities. I would have loved to actually see Audrey's necklace, touch it, and gather some tactile inspiration but... NO.





At one point, I spent considerable time painting some wooden discs white with added black details. The idea was to adhere some black knot beads on top and hang five to seven from the "chain". For a long time, this solution seemed like the perfect solution and then it too started looking crafty. After that...





... I tried variations on pendants. It was suggested that I simply wear the necklace without a pendant only by this time I'd been working at it for the better part of a year and I really wanted a pendant so I kept pushing through hoping one would make itself known and...





... for a while this painted black rock seemed to have the most potential only the way I attached it to the background fabric and stitched the cording around it is going to take some MORE PRACTICE... to move it from crafty to elegant. Which leaves us at yesterday...





... when I decided it was time to be done. I drilled three holes in a painted piece of wood and attached three buttons with Gorilla glue. Since this glue yellows as it dries, it's not always the best choice but it holds really really well so I made sure to use a small quantity and keep it under the buttons. On the back, I glued two rectangular shaped beads and then strung DMC cotton through them, some more black beads, and the "chain", and finished off by tieing a knot at the back of the pendant. It is finished.

There are so many things I'd do differently next time from using a nylon rope as the filler to creating a shorter "chain" to beading differently to working - VBG - even harder to create a fabric based pendant BUT... I am glad to be finished. I'll wear it and we'll see what the reaction is. The other day I had a wonderful compliment about the earlier grey necklace so I know I'm slowly going in the correct direction.






I had a wonderful conversation with my friend the other day. She is a swimmer trying this and that different creative outlet and feeling like she needs to be more focused. I am a diver going deep into one or two subjects and thinking that I need to be a little broader. If we could just mix the two of us perhaps it would be "just perfect" but I don't think it's so much how we create but that we create that is really important.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - a family doctor

20 comments:

  1. I do love reading your process posts, as well as what you finally come up with. Helps me with both being patient with my own process and to not say 'good enough' too soon. Thanks so much for the gift of your sharing!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm sure I could have kept exploring ideas but it was time to be done with this one. It's good.

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  2. I'm grateful you have a new doc nearby, too! That can make all the difference.

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    1. Yes. Howard is quite relieved since he has ongoing tests to be monitored. We go for our initial meeting in a couple weeks.

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  3. It is exciting to see all the options you tried out for pendants for the fabric covered base. I like the look of the 3-button and wood pendant. Now, how about a photo of you wearing it!?!?!? Keep up the practice. Lots of learning going on at your house, and for many of your readers. Many thanks!

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    1. LOL - wearing it !!!!- now, that's way too much to ask for. VBG - I'll try to get one soon and I definitely want to try out some other options going forward.

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  4. Don't throw that rock away I see lots of potential for it. I liked your idea of the black knot with the silver beads and the rock - could you have wrapped wire around it to attach the beads to the fabric base? Yes show us a picture of your wearing your new necklace.

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    1. The rock is in safe keeping. It has potential; I just need to learn a few things. I was at an art exhibit recently and met a woman who does and teaches wire wrapping. She had some amazing pieces and I'm planning to take a workshop some time soon. I think wire and rocks and fabric could work quite fun together.

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  5. Good news on the hip! I had to look up 'physiotherapy" to even understand what it is.

    Your pictures of the various pendant candidates are most helpful.....as is seeing the end product!

    ceci

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    1. Is there physiotherapy where you live... by another name? It can be expensive here so I may only get a session or two to find out what to do. The surgeon also suggested yoga so I'm checking into that as well.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the process. I like that I kept trying and trying and now I can take some of those attempts in new directions.

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  6. What a great post! Thank you for showing your test-pendants! I like the final one a lot - buttons are such little jewels all by themselves. Good work Myrna! Thank you for letting us see inside your head!! xoxox Claire

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    1. LOL - you're welcome. One of my upcoming projects is to cover my coffee table with those "little jewels". I want to get to that before it gets too cold to work outside.

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  7. Great to see this finished after watching some of the trials. Have become hooked on the blog. Looking forward to the table!

    Barb

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    1. Some of those trials have great potential too... a happy bonus. I'm looking forward to the table too. It seems like a fun piece. I'm watching the thrift store for glass right now - for the top - over the buttons.

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  8. A great post. Thanks for sharing the pendant possibilities and the end result. Love the finished project. For a long time I've admired your creativity and wanted into jump in the water myself. Yesterday I saw a very small announcement in the newspaper about two jewelry classes, one of them working with metal. I registered immediately and am excited to finally wade in the water and see what happens. Thanks for being so encouraging.
    Marian

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    1. YEAH - I'm glad you're jumping in and that you've signed up for a class. It'll be the start of some happy adventures I'm sure. I plan to take a wire wrapping one this fall and see what that could add to my skill set. Every little bit opens new opportunities.

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  9. What a fabulous necklace. I love your process and there are so many more projects from your trials. I adore statement necklaces but have never made my own. I will definitely be looking at classes in jewellery when I retire. You are very clever, well done!

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    1. I adore statement necklaces too... which is why I'm trying to learn how to make some... good luck with your journey. I think it's fabulous that you're planning something to retire to. It'd be great if you could take a class before retirement even and ease in that direction, start acquiring the tools and ideas you'll need. What fun. YES YES

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  10. It's always interesting to see your process because, of course, I might like one version that you dismiss. We each get to have that internal guidance that says it is right for us or not. As a sewing geek, I do adore using buttons in jewelry and think of it as a little inside joke when they are subtle and sophisticated as your finished piece.

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    1. I also love that buttons keep it in the "sewing" realm. A goal for me was to create the jewelry predominately from fabric. I agree - those other versions weren't right for this piece but they were definitely worth exploration.... which I will... at some point.

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