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posted by Colleen Shirazi, April 20, 2006 at 9:57 PM (Pacific)

I made another piece today...actually two. It's funny but it's as if you reach a point where instead of making horrible, piece-ruining mistakes, you suddenly make either perfect pieces, or else the mistakes you make are easy to fix, or else the mistakes are insignificant, interesting even.

This cuts tremendously on the amount of stress...because in the beginning, I found it all foreign and difficult. I'm not a real "crafts" type of person; I never had the skill. I can sew competently in terms of mending things--that's it. I can't knit. I probably could knit now if I tried it but before, the stitches were either too tight or too loose.

I should say that doing crafts develops a different part of your brain. It's actually a tiny bit similar to terms of having to learn how to do it...but with the dexterity aspect.

My new is a smaller copy of a piece I did the other day, it's a fairly chunky rose quartz stretch bracelet interspersed with glass beads--a pair of rose lampwork beads, what appear to be lampwork clear glass beads with pink roses/green leaves, and some pink lustre beads. What makes it nice is the specialness of all of the beads.

The second piece was made to match the "aventurine," freshwater pearl, gold bead bracelet I already made. Aha! I knew it wasn't aventurine. Aventurine looks a bit like jade...what I have is moss agate, to the best of my knowledge.

When I was doing the second piece, at first I tried a random selection of the moss agate beads. But the problem is that there is too much variation in the colors (from deep almost dark green, green swirled with white or clear, to white swirled with green), for a truly random pattern to work out over a longer length (this was not noticeable for the bracelet length).

I went back and redid the piece with a pattern of light and dark...I definitely did not want to match the beads in a symmetrical design. I just wanted the overall effect to be balanced.

I'm really pleased with this set. I'm going to make a bracelet to match my turquoise necklace next...I dismantled the oval turquoise necklace I made before. Granted, it was at the time one of my best pieces but now I found it too simple.
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