Pendant and musing on self-development  

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Today is Sunday and I'm in a creative mood!
This is my third pendant (see below for the second one *sigh*). Do you see any improvement?
I am actually excited as I kind of like this one. It's all brass wire and some funky beads.

Anyway I was just musing on how we change our perspective of our work once be become better - and even better.
I remember when I made my first 2-3 pairs of earrings. I was totally over the moon, loved them, hey I managed to actually do something wearable! Was very proud of myself. After a dozen or so earrings, I assume I got better, BUT I also got more critical of my work. Now when I create a pair, instead of becoming excited, I become all critical - are the loops equal on both sides? are they wrapped nicely and tight? do the ends stick out? is the earrings form skewed from top to bottom? When I compare my first pair of earrings with the latest ones, I am totally confident that the new ones are better. But at the same time I'm also more disappointed with my work, the excitement of the first is all gone...go figure... I assume my eyes have now the training required to know what to look for, how to find faults immediately...
So I guess the same will hold for the next pendants as well. The better I get, the less excited I get upon finishing an item ...
/ramble mode over, lol.

3 comments: to “ Pendant and musing on self-development

  • Amberkatze
    August 19, 2007 at 9:59 PM  

    That looks beautiful!!! Wow!!! You keep amazing me with these designs!

  • Laura Kramarsky
    August 20, 2007 at 1:26 AM  

    Very pretty, Marike!

    I totally understand your feeling. The other thing I found when I was making jewelry to sell is that I had to adjust my time depending on my expertise. That is, should I charge my customers for 5 hours work because that's how long it took me to make a piece, or should I only charge them for 3 hours, which is how long it would have taken if I had a little more skill and experience?

    But you're well on your way!

  • beadexplorer
    August 28, 2007 at 1:51 PM  

    You are so right. When I made my first beaded flowers I really was so satisfied and happy, too. When I look at my first attempts today, I can only see all the mistakes ... But as we learn from them, it is good that we make them! ;)

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