Monday, 5 March 2012

Spoilt For Choice

Because that's how I feel at the moment, and it's a great feeling.  I've recently treated myself to a tumbler - and quite frankly, I can't believe I waited this long!  The pleasure of listening to it churning gently away and knowing it will open to reveal super-shiny treasures is worth all the pain and nail-destruction of hours of bending, cutting and filing.  It doesn't really matter that it's just washers, toggles and earwires that are coming out of it, the novelty hasn't worn off yet!

But the reason I'm spoilt for choice, of course, is that while the tumbler is a wonderful finishing tool for my copper, silver and bronze wire, it's not a friend to my favourite medium of all - coloured wire.  Since discovering jewellery-making a few years back, I've completely fallen in love with colour.  I'm as big a fan of shiny - or oxidised - metal as the next person, and I know all too well that coloured wire is far less forgiving when it comes to tool marks, and often regarded as the province of beginners before they progress to precious metals.  But without my rainbow of beads and wires, I think my world would be a lot more dull. ;)

So after a week of preparing metal for the tumbler, I had to go the other way and play with some colour this weekend.  (The pendant is actually much brighter than the picture - I'm struggling with the light as usual!)  And I had a rather incredulous laugh at myself when I realized I'd constructed a whole woven flower - and weaving is not my forté - just so I would have something to add one of my new ladybird beads to.  Well, it needed a flower.  And it's no bad thing to challenge myself with something outside my comfort zone, is it?  (Oh, and did I mention I'm also addicted to beads?)

Hubby's remark was 'it's a bit bright, isn't it?'.  Well, yes, but that's the point!  Give me a week of filing copper and I react by going into colour overload.  And the great thing is, I have a tray chock-full of wire in all colours of the rainbow.  AND plenty of copper, bronze and even brass for when the coloured wire gives me a migraine.  Lucky me! :D


Kirsty.a said...

I love the brught ladybird pendant. Gorgeous

Hazel Ward said...

Well you've definitely earned a tumbler :D Don't ever abandon the coloured wire though (I know you won't) because it's completely *your* style - especially witht he picture pendants :)

(Love the woven flower btw)

Louise said...

Thank you, Kirsty! x

I haven't fallen out of love with the coloured wire yet, Hazel - it's just so much fun to play with! (I suppose I can do 'grown-up' when I have to, but I always end up playing again ...) x