Thursday, February 9, 2012

Hodge Podge Blog

Today, I just feel like writing. I have no real goal, but to purge myself of some recent wire-capades. 

After my last tute on fusing hearts, I had a ton of perfectly good hearts to use. The thing is, I don't really care for hearts, all that much. I posted on JL about it and decided that I just needed to give it a go and see if I could realize an idea that I had. No problem, right? Wrong. I liken the experience to chewing glass. No, I've never chewed glass, but I haven't done that heart project, either, and know that I wouldn't like either very much.

What I envisioned was a necklace with a row of hearts hanging at an angle and graduating in size around to the side of the neck. In the front, the 2 largest hearts would be joined at the tips by a centered heart, hung from the two lobes to each of the other 2 hearts. Simple. Really, it is a simple idea and probably done a hundred times over. But, it just wasn't happenin'.

After trying to force myself for 2 1/2 days to make the multi hearted piece. I gave up. I just can't force myself. I envy people who can, because- I. just. can't. do. it. I beat myself up for another half day because of it. I should be able to. Damn it.

It took a while longer to get over the frustration. I mean, it's just something that bothers me. I want to be able to do things that don't appeal to me. But, my muse just puts on the brakes and I am left holding my pliers going- "What the hell?"

Alright- enough about the hearts. I just had to get it off my chest. It was part of my muse cleansing. I'm appeasing her.

In a final attempt to purge the "project that will not be named" from my mind, I decided to do a new wrap. Ok, well, that wasn't happening, either. I was in a near panic feeling the "block" coming on. Ok, I admit it. I was in a panic. My muse absolutely refused to cooperate. Oh, sorrow.

I got a new parcel of stones in the mail and was really intrigued by a few. I said to hell with a new wrap. I was perfectly happy to do a nice, simple, respectable wrap and call it a day. The jasper is a soothing color combination gray and pink. I felt the frustration slip away.

Pink & Gray Jasper Handcrafted Wirewrapped Wire Wrapped Pendant
Clicking this image will open this in a new tab in my store.

Before I was even finished with the pink jasper, I had a new idea to try on another jasper from the parcel. I was and AM so very, very happy and relieved! My block seemed to be temporary. Now, I just feel like a big baby for being so worried about it. But, by golly, when you feel all your creativity drain from you- it is scary. It is for me, anyway.

Seeing how I've been fusing so much lately, I figured I would combine my first love of wrapping with fusing. I just finished this Stone Canyon Jasper. I wish the picture showed how well the heated copper goes with the stone. The colors were perfect! But, I know it doesn't last so, I cleaned it up and it is in the tumbler right now. I'm posting the "dirty" picture to be followed by the finished piece later. Having never done this before, I am concerned about the softness of it, but I think after tumbling and polishing the metal with a Dremel and Zam polish it should be fine.

I'll post the finished piece later...

If you have made it this far, thanks for following along with my neurotic whining. I feel much better, now. :)
The metal came out great! I smoothed the bead at the bottom and gave it a polish. Problem is between everything I did to this poor stone it lost some kind of treatment it had and is now more gray. The good part is I paid less than a dollar for it, so I can't complain. I have no clue what ruined it and I have no clue what treatment it was. I'm thinking it was a very simple home treatment and obviously not stable. I think it was just water that made it lose its whiteness, if one can believe that. This is a new one on me. You learn something new everyday. Including the value of a dollar.


  1. I really enjoyed your whiney post, it made me feel less alone and therefore less stupid:) Thanks!! lol I get so scared when he muse leaves too, overly so:)

    1. Yeah, I feel so incredibly dumb for getting into such a tizzy over it, but there you are. I don't feel so stupid now, either. :)

  2. I enjoyed it too...this week I had promised an elderly woman a bead embroidered heart pin. I have not done bead embroidery for 15 years but felt obligated, my muse was not happy and it took most of the week when there were so many things I needed to do and didn't feel up to anything. So thank you for your post. Like Mary, I feel less alone. The muse is so precious yet mecurial. We can't force it and need to try not to panic when we feel the absence. So happy yours returned with the lovely wrap. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks for sharing Christine, it's nice to know I'm not alone. The muse can really dig in her heels sometimes. It was so nice of you to offer your friend a pin, even more so since it gave you such a hard time. I know she'll treasure it.

      I sent my granddaughter to her first Valentine's Day dance today. I wanted to have a nice heart necklace for her (better than the others that grandma has given her LOL!)but, I am so over hearts that I finally broke down and gave her some special pink tourmaline heart earrings that I had made a long time ago and planned to give her one day. She was happy, I was very happy. :) She was pretty as a peach. We got up early and did the whole girl thing together with her hair and such. It was nice.


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