It's a good thing I don't feel about my children the way I do about my work. I usually think that the piece I've just finished is my best work ever and I don't see how I'm going to be able to part with it. Sometimes that feeling forces me to go back and rework an older piece, like I did last night with the necklace I wrote about months ago on the post, shell beads ..
|shell amulet necklace, quartz crystal, bone, shell, coyote tooth, citrine, pearls, moonstone|
I added some more dangles, some vintage bone beads I "won" on E-Bay, a coyote tooth, and I used waxed linen cord instead of the hemp that wouldn't behave itself. (What did I expect from hemp? Now really.)
|detail, shell amulet necklace|
Much, much better. I had to lose some of the more delicate mother-of-pearl beads that had holes too small to accomodate the waxed linen. I think it looks more primitive now - more like something a shaman would wear. It was a little too "bridal" in its previous incarnation.
The other way I cope with the "last is best" problem is to work in series. Short series because of my short attention span issue. Do two pieces qualify as a series? I may be pushing that a little.
|wearing of the green, equinox amulet necklace, prehnite, green garnet, amber|
|close-up, Wearing of the Green Equinox necklace|
So here's my dilemma: I had an e-mail from the editor of Belle Armoire Jewelry about a month ago saying that she had been following my Etsy shop and inviting me to submit work for possible publication. She suggested four pieces that are still listed. Do I send off the latest stuff, taking it off the market for six months or so, but getting it great exposure if it's selected? Do I send the older stuff that doesn't compare to the latest (and greatest)?
Good thing my kids don't read my blog.