Stones and silver: practicing on the real thing

105053-373045-thumbnail.jpgDo you ever find yourself in the middle of something and wonder why in the world you did it the way you did? That question came to mind yesterday because I was trying a new jewelry-design process using better quality materials than I should have been using. And the thing is, it never occurred to me that I shouldn't be doing it this way! Until I was messin' up some silver wire, that is...

As I stretch my experience and challenge myself with new techniques, I try to plan. Honestly I do! It's just that my planning sometimes takes a wonky path. Which is how I found myself three links in yesterday, trying to make this little stone-studded-chain, suddenly wondering why I hadn't started out with glass beads and copper, first. Hmph.

I think it's because the general concepts of wire wrapping are very familiar to me. I do this a lot. But connecting a long string of such pieces, not so much. Of course now that I've gone this far, the question rears its ugly head: just continue on as I was, or stop immediately and get some good practice in using copper and glass?

By the way, no doubt I'll write about this other challenge later on but I don't know what this stone is. I bought a strand of them last year at a bead show (there's another one this weekend...hmmm!) and can't remember if it's iolite or sodalite. To me they look awfully similar. Now that I'm changing my focus to include semiprecious beads in addition to glass ones, my education will have to begin in earnest! But that's a rant for another day...