How long does it take to make a bracelet? Well … it depends!

If you are anything like me, than you know this feeling: you think you have a brilliant idea for a jewelry design. But once you sit down and turn your idea into reality, you look at it and you just know: “Blech! That just doesn’t work :(“.

This bracelet is a work in progress and illustrates how I just can’t force the muse to miraculously bring me the right ideas.

It’s been more than 9 months (give or take a few weeks LOL) that I try to finish this bracelet. Obviously I haven’t been “literally” working on THIS design for all these months – I made it actually in the last hour.

But since December 2011 I made several attempts to design a bracelet with the beads. I strung and re-strung, made additional beads, ordered other sterling silver components, rearranged it on my working surface this way and the next day in another way. And even though I re-did this bracelet at least 5 times, we (myself and my potential customer) just weren’t happy with the results. Either it was looking too symmetrical, or too unbalanced, or boring, or it just wasn’t doing the beads justice. Here is an example of one of my failed attempts to make it work:

Ugh :(. See what I mean?
It was so frustrating that even looking at the beads and silver findings laying on my desk made me feel miserable. My solution was to put it all away into the drawer until this morning when the “unfinished” bag fell into my hands. I completely undid the existing bracelet and started from scratch. I mentally let go of the original design concept and just played around with the beads, sterling findings and some chains.

As you can see, I still haven’t finished the bracelet completely, I am first waiting to hear back from the potential customer. But I am feeling much happier about the look of the bracelet.

It’s not what I was visualizing so many months ago, and somewhere in the back of my head the original idea is still percolating.
But I guess it just wasn’t meant to be with these beads. I hope that at some point I can “recycle” the idea that never made it into a real-life piece of jewelry.

Talk later,



Update: Just got a message from the customer. She loves the new design!!! Woot woot … now off to finish it with the clasp and get it ready for shipping.