Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Some days, things just won't go right.

Yesterday was one of those days. I'd set aside my lunch hour to make some earrings - needing to replenish my etsy inventory, partly, but also finally ready to make some peridot-sparkly-drops I've been planning for some time. I know exactly what I want to do - two strands of fine-gauge sterling chain, with small rectangles of peridot and a super-sparkly sterling bead. Crimps on the ends and part-way up for stops, but allowing some movement of the beads.
So, after inhaling my food, I get out my supplies. I brought both my little tote bags, mainly because I'm lazy and didn't want to sort in the morning. I get out my sterling chain, cut the lengths, go to thread the peridot onto them....and the hole is too small!

D@mn it!

I've worked with this peridot before, and know that I can't enlarge the hole without breaking the beads. Grrr. The chain is cut already, however, so I dig through my supplies for an alternative. Ah, some leftover amethyst beads - great, I need more purple items. Start to thread the chain in...and it sticks not quite halfway through. On all the beads I have.

D@mn it! Again!

Amethyst is soft, prone to chipping...I'm not risking damage by enlarging the hole. Getting mad, I look some more. I come across a few leftover pink pearls, and 2 lonely red hearts. Hmmm. A bit of arranging, and yes, I have the same look as originally intended, just in pink and red. Great! Some easy work of thread and crimping, and voila`!

Then I reach for my earwires to complete the earrings....

@#%&! I'm out!


Distressing Delilah said...

Don't ya just hate those days! Hope it eventually works out for you!

The Beading Gem said...

I've had the same strand of impossibly tiny peridot chips like forever. Threading those is not on my fun list either. Hope you had a nice hot bath to soak away all that frustration!

Sophie said...

Aww hun, I get those days sometimes. But you jewrly alaways turns out amazing, I have faith that you will slove these problems.
I'm just sorry I can't provide better advice!

TexasTesla said...

Thanks everybody! I had a nice glass of wine, found a good deal on ear wires on etsy...and made 2 more dangles while I'm waiting. I managed to survive it. :-)

ThePeachTree said...

I'm right there with you! My peridots are quite the finicky fellows as well :) I'll set up to crafty and they just won't budge. I'll weed through ten to get one to roll through the wire. You're not alone!! Great blog by the way!

Anonymous said...

Oh man! I'm so sorry! I HATE making mistakes, or when things just don't go very well art-wise. The other week I spilled black black black india ink on my cream chair/carpet. Talk about a big whoops.

Ah well, I guess it keeps us humble! ;) Good luck!