For those who read my last post on how I ruined a perfectly good sterling silver and moonstone pendant I was working on…a follow-up. I removed the damaged moonstone…polished up and re-textured the sterling silver base…added a new sterling silver spiral to serve as the bail…and a gorgeous flashy-blue labradorite dangle to add some interest. Still needs to be polished, and I will probably re-wrap the labradorite briolette…but here’s what I’ve got so far.
When I make jewelry, I tend to futz a lot with it. (Futz is sort of a technical term…it means “play with”)
And, as sometimes happens, I go overboard and ruin the piece.
Case in point: I had a very nice piece of sterling silver sheet that I cut down to about 1 1/2″ x 1″. I textured it. I patterned it. I stamped it. I filed it. I punched holes in it.
Then I soldered on an oval bezel I had made for a really nice, flashy blue moonstone. All was looking pretty good…but I knew that more had to be done with it.
I ended up soldering a sterling silver spiral onto the top – overlapping the top by maybe 1/4″. Now we were getting somewhere. The spiral would serve as the bail for the chain. Looking good!
Until I realized that no matter how I tried, with many different methods, I couldn’t get it polished right. Just didn’t look the way I wanted it to.
Flash forward to me scrubbing, rubbing, polishing, dremel-ing and more to get some gunk off. Long story short – spiral falls off. Okay. back to the pickle, clean it up, and try to solder the spiral on again. Nope. Not happening. Fire got so hot it started to melt the spiral.
Bring it back into the studio to rethink. By this time, I had also realized that what my pendant needed was something in the middle between the spiral and the moonstone. I decided a rivet with a decorative washer would do the trick. And it did. For a while. Until I realized again how grimy it looked.
Decided to toss it in the pickle again and try to re-solder the spiral. Did it at the end of the day.
Forgot about it. When I remembered this morning, the moonstone was toast. (Reminder to me: pickle=acid=not good on soft gemstones).
So now, it’s back to square one. Going to remove the moonstone and the bezel (if possible) and start over.
What I learned:
* stop and think before doing
* if you don’t have the right tools, findings, materials – order it and wait for it
* sometimes less is better
* learn from your mistakes!
Yesterday I decided it was time I started working with bezels again. I picked out a gorgeous teardrop shaped moonstone, textured and patterned a piece of copper and got a lovely closed seam on the silver bezel. Then it was time to solder the bezel to the copper. Got a gorgeous seal. Was sooooo excited. Too excited to notice that I had just soldered the bezel upside down and backward.
Time for Plan B.
I cut out the offending upside down bezel..added some stamped words, a rivet, and folded down part of the copper. Hmmm…taking shape as part of a necklace. What else? Strung it on an antiqued piece of brass wire I was saving for a bracelet, added some copper, brass and silver plated beads, two lovely cobalt lamp work beads, and a little bit of coiled wire.
Here’s what I ended up with – unfinished – but with possibilities. Have to mull a bit as to what, and how, to attach it to to finish it off.
But – Moral of the Story: Mistakes happen. Work with them.
Any finishing off suggestions?
Today’s tale of woe starts and ends with me. I did something stupid. Really, really stupid.
I accidentally forwarded an email to someone that had some snarky comments in it from another person. (Yes – directed towards the person I sent it to.). Big, big, bigger-than-big mistake. The person who made the comments didn’t really mean them. He was just letting off steam, and the other person became his target.
And so, anger and hurt feelings abound. My friend wrote a lengthy, heart-felt apology. I called and left an apology. And I sent an apology as well.
Don’t know what else to do. Either the person has to forgive us, or not. Sure hope he does, though.
Wouldn’t life be great if we could have a “do over” button? (Maybe like that EASY button from the Staples commercials?) So when you ate 10 pieces of chocolate candy when you really only meant to have an apple, you could just push the button – and “poof!” calories and guilt disappear. Or when you accidentally wash a wool sweater (am I the only one who’s done this????) and it shrinks – just push that good ol’ button and ta-duh! Good-as-new sweater.
Think how sweet it would be? What would you do over if you had the chance?