My favorite thing about a failed beading experiment is that I get a new piece for my own collection. My jewelry box is filled with not-quite-perfect designs, and although they’re not good enough to sell, I love to wear them.
Ring # 19 - Harlequin
These cast-offs also serve another purpose. To test out the durability of my work, I treat my own beadwoven pieces terribly. I basically do the exact opposite of every point in my jewelry care guide. All of my necklaces are hung on pegs. My cuffs and bangles sit in a messy jumble, out in the open where dust and sunlight can attack them. I let my toddler play with my jewelry. I keep my rings on a shelf under the medicine cabinet, where they are bombarded by steam on a daily basis. The only rule I don’t break is hand washing. Even though these pieces are already messy, broken or silly, I still want to keep them looking nice.
Today’s ring started out as a great idea. I took my usual herringbone design, and tried to add a little something new. I thought that it would look neat to suspend the focal bead within a peyote ring, like a little wheel. I even bought some delicas especially for the design.
In my mind, the ring looked great. Even the photos of it look pretty good. But in reality, it’s quite ridiculous. The peyote ring bobs and wiggles like some unexplainable cereal box prize. I do love the color palette though, so I’ve set it aside for another day. The ring has joined my other “Oops” designs on the shelf. I can’t wait to wear it!
Normally, I might mourn the death of a great idea, but I’m just too excited to care. Ring # 17, Baby Fish Blues, is now available from the Help the Gulf Coast collective Etsy shop. Seeing it there, waiting for a new owner, is really uplifting. I only hope that it can help!
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