I finished this bracelet yesterday, put teensy drops of 454 glue on the knots and waited 24 hours for the glue to set and out-gas. Tonight, I photographed it and photoshopped the graphic to offer it for sale on-line.
Before I started, I took a photo of the materials I assembled in case anyone was interested in how I go about designing my jewelry. Color is what excites me the most and, after that, texture. I’m terrible at following patterns, so I make it up as I go along and never know how a piece will look until it’s done.
How do I know it’s done? It tells me. I have a weird relationship with my art. It speaks to me. I’ve heard other artists say this is true for them as well. Maybe it’s what the ancients meant by a “muse.” I don’t know. I just know that when a piece wants something, it tells me and when it’s all done, I know it. I wonder sometimes if this is what makes me an artist rather than a crafter. To be quite honest, my craft skills are not actually all that good!