Monday, June 28, 2010

I Love It- I Hate It

It's been ages since I listed anything new in my Etsy shop. But I just listed Turquoise and Copper Striped Cuff.

I actually started making this piece for myself last fall. More important projects kept popping up and I kept putting it aside. When I finally decided to finish it all my troubles started.

I had never made a beaded toggle before but I had been told by several people that they were easy to make. My first toggle had major problems and was extremely crooked. I took it apart and tried again- ending up with with a better looking toggle that would not sit right. I decided to use a button instead. This meant ripping out about 2 inches since I wanted the button shank to sit down in the cuff and not sit on top. After finishing the cuff, with the button attached, I realized I had a 1/2 inch long piece of Fireline that was exposed right under the button. So... I ripped the 2 inches out again. While doing this ripping I had a flash of inspiration and realized what I had been doing wrong with the beaded toggle. I decided to use a toggle but I was so frustrated by then that I couldn't picture myself wearing the cuff. I purposely made it too big for my wrist and I hope it sells fast so I don't have to look at it anymore. I love the colors and maybe if I get some free time I'll try again to make something for myself.


beadsandblooms said...

Sorry you had such a time of it, but the end results are quite nice. Hope you haven't given up on beaded toggles, I think they add so much to a piece.

Ruthie said...

Well it looks fantastic! Hopefully it'll sell quickly and you can make something for yourself that you'll like even better!

Mary T Designs said...

Sorry about the struggle you had with this one. Sometimes we learn the most and get the best results when the going gets tough. It turned out very lovely!!

shibori girl said...

There are a number of pieces that left me frustrated beyond belief. And then, when they didn't sell for whatever reason, I realized I could always have the joy of ripping the things apart to rescue beads.

I used those beads to make something I really DID enjoy!

I agree with beadsandblooms - don't give up on the beaded toggles. They are simple, once you get the hang of them.

Also, check out the book Bead Romantique by Lisa Kan. She has some really good instructions for beaded cuff closures in there.

Bead on!