If you were following my tweets yesterday, you know that I’d gotten myself into a state of pretty high excitement about the impending bead delivery. When I arrived home there was nothing on the doorstep and only one tiny package in the mailbox. I was about to tweet about it.
Then the FedEx guy rang the doorbell. Oh! Frabjous day! Calloo! Callay! I chortled in my joy.
I have learned a few things already. First, I need longer headpins. You see that the ones I got weren’t long enough to handle these 12mm beads plus caps. Ah well.
I have learned that I need a LOT MORE brass findings than I thought I did. The beads are just focal points… the brass pieces are the meat of the jewelry, and I need a whole bunch of inserts and charms to do what I want to do. And my supply of pretty bead caps is going to dwindle quickly, too.
I have learned that shiny gold earwires are not an acceptable option for mixing with antiqued brass. I am therefore without earwires until one of the two Etsy orders I made arrives. At that time, I will be swimming in them and it will be gooooood.
Lastly, I have learned that jewelry making is both fun and empowering. The bracelet above is so perfectly what I was picturing, and I’m so perfectly excited about wearing it once I have matching earrings. I do need some round-nose pliers and a proprietary pair of wire snips, in addition to the flat-nose pliers I already have. But ah… to make something so lovely and exciting in such a short period of time! And that dish of broken jewelry on my dresser? Oh yes. That’s all getting fixed pronto.
I recommend it.