A chronicle of the meanderings, false starts (which in retrospect, while sort of embarrassing turned out to be highly instructive), epiphanies, selective apathy (still evolving), wild mood swings, opinions (subject to frequent change), and life lessons of an inveterate dabbler (and her latest dabblings).

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I Guess More People Should Tell Me What To Do

Gosh, I wish I had thought up this design all by myself. I'm really pleased with it. I didn't think up the palette, the customer did, but I DID suggest the donut, and I did figure out myself how to stick it all together. Although I admit the customer sent me a photo of something she liked for inspiration and I sort of riffed off it a little--with the double strand and adding smaller beads in between the larger beads to give it an airier feel. But other than that it was all me. She sent me some gorgeous onyx beads to use, and the little white howlite beads, and a strand of charmingly rustic silver heishi made in India. I hunter-gathered the rest.

Might have to get another donut like that and do it again! Loving snowflake jasper too. I tried it on to make sure the two strands were the right length and I wanted to keep it. I guess that's a good sign. I have developed a fondness for round beads, used to hate em. I was into squares for a while, now not so much. I bought some triangles, hoping to learn to love them (got suckered by the colors), but what to do with triangles...I hate mixing pointy geometric shapes with non-pointy geometric shapes. Squares and circles--aiyeeeeeee! can't do it!!! I could maybe do triangles and squares, since a triangle is just half a square. Triangles and circles are too much like Jack in the Box. Bad memories.

Well, now I'm exhausted from giving birth to this necklace. Maybe I'll go to the gym.


  1. That is really lovely... and I could see your client wearing this with every style and for every occasion...little black dress or jeans and a t-shirt. Go rest yourself. Giving birth is hard work! Enjoy the day! Erin

  2. Not easy to play with white and black, but your result is simply "magnifique" Keirsten, and you're right, the snowflake jasper is gorgeous. Ah ah, problems with mixing geometrical and non geometrical things, may i call dr. Freud ? ;-)


  3. Kiersten, it's beautiful. I love black and white, it's so versatile. I think you are too hard on yourself design wise when a customer asks for something specific. Finding inspiration is something we all do. As you said yourself, you are the one who put it all together. It's your design and gorgeous.

  4. Great piece! I especially like the wirework you did on the donut!