Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Pretty Disaster

 Well it looks pretty enough I hear you say -  where's the disaster? 

The disaster struck when I tried it on!

I have never made a spiral of any kind before and it was all looking so good. 
I made it just the right length - what I thought would be just the right length anyway. 

Having never done this before and not really knowing how to stitch a clasp
I decided to improvise and glue the end circle of beads into metal ends to finish it off. 

I think they look great BUT what I didn't account for is how much length they would add to the bracelet and it is now far too large for my wrist!  

I was so excited about this piece. 
I was making it for myself and I loved picking out the colours, working with the crystals,   I knew exactly what I was going to wear it with.....

I feel so disheartened! 
I know that I can cut one end off and unpick it and finish it again to make it my size
but after all that hard work 
I just can't bring myself to hack into it with the scissors!

What a disaster! 

Then again I suppose mistakes are all part of the learning process. 

They say that the best way to learn to ride a bike is to fall off it a few times. 

So maybe the best way to learn to bead is by your mistakes... !? 


  1. I know exactly how you feel. I've had my share of disasters too and it's so disheartening to pick apart something otherwise perfectly executed just because it doesn't fit properly. I suggest you put it aside for a while and come back to it after you had a chance to get over your initial disappointment.

  2. What a shame! How about taking off the clasp and either adding a beaded chain or more spiral sections (or both) and turn it into a necklace? Its way too pretty not to be worn.

    I made this awesome fring-y bracelet that I just love, but I 'hung' it from my jewelry tree and it actually stretched and now it's too big!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog, cause now I found you :)

  3. Thanks for all the great ideas :-) A bit of re-jigging is in order now I think!

  4. Definitely a learning experience! I'm sure I shall be having many of those as I start out.

    Thank you for sharing your jewellery making journey - I am finding it both interesting and informative.

  5. Hi Mag,
    I've found there to be quite a few 'learning experiences' along the way!
    But I guess that's what it's all about :-)
    I hope you enjoy learning to make jewellery, it's quite addictive - be warned!!