(Cedar Springs, Michigan USA)
I decided to do this post in hopes of bringing some inspiration and encouragement to those who are unsure or perhaps doubt the extent of their ability to get their hands to accomplish what their creative mind sees.
Honestly I didn’t ever think I would let anyone ever see some of my first pieces of wire work but I’ve decided to show that perseverance can pay off.
Even when your hands are saying,…NO,…NO…..your creative drive pushes you forward. So the first photos are of the very first wire wraps I did by myself.
The silver one is what I tried to do by myself without any instruction. The curly cue copper pendant is the first pendant I tried to do after my first class of wire wrapping.
I was so disappointed. What I saw in my mind and what I made with my hands just didn’t seem to gel. But I am here to say that patience and perseverance is your friend when attempting wire wrapping.
A wonderful quote that I came across says it so eloquently, ” When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”– Author Unknown.
If you really love what you’re doing but are struggling with seeing the results you really want, don’t give up.
When I felt like giving up I searched out new strategy’s for refining my work. I took a class, I purchased videos, I’ve spent hours searching online for helpful ideas on how to perfect my work and then I practiced, A LOT!
There will always be times when your mind or hands seem like they took a trip off to ” I have no idea what you want from me!” land,…. But that too shall pass if you don’t quit.
One other thing,…do NOT compare your work with others. As far as I’m concerned when dealing with jewelry, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
If you are making jewelry because it taps into the “artsy” part of you, that’s great! If you are making jewelry because you are really only a little “artsy” but you simply love jewelry and it makes you feel good to wear something you made yourself. Then GO for it!
Believe it or not,…practice does not “always” make perfect. It does help in learning to master a skill, but in the long run, the definition to success is defined by the individual, not the rest of the world.
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