Monday, November 14, 2011

Five Identical Madness


I mentioned in a previous post, I believe, that I am working on a project for my Production Jewelry class where we have to make five identical pieces. We are allowed to vary one or two design details, and we must incorporate a "foreign" object, e.g. a stone, a found object, a commercial clasp, etc. Each one of my pendants will have a different color scheme/assortment of gemstones and a different patina on the silver.

Here is a (poor quality) photo of one of the pieces I am making. I'm really excited about the design, but the process and the deadline have my stomach flipping and my shoulders in knots thanks to record levels of stress. I don't even want to catalog all of the bumps along the road, but suffice to say I'm past-due with the project and have another marathon night (at minimum) ahead of me. I've been working SO HARD for the last two weeks. It's somewhat disheartening to work at 110% effort and realize that it's not quite enough.

Cue the lesson in perfectionism and remembering why I'm really in school (it's not for the grades, but I admit it's hard to let go of that, too).

I think I'll feel better once I get the rest of my stone setting finished. I have two pendants to go, and the road ahead seems never-ending...

7 comments:

Stacie said...

AMAZING! OMG, your work is really stunning...it is so worth all the stress because the effect is dazzling!!!

I have had so much fun watching your journey...wow~

Kathrin said...

Ali, what a beautiful necklace. Can't wait to see the others in this series. It's true, it is so much fun to see you grow as an artist!

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--jenna said...

Lovely, Ali!

Meg said...

I LOVE that necklace. I want it. Actually, Brian and I have been talking about a piece to symbolize our whole family and that kind of thing would be perfect. We should chat.

Meg said...

Ali, I keep thinking about this necklace and how excited I am to have one with all our birth stones. I can't wait until the baby's born to order it!

Ali la Loca said...

Meg, me too! It will put you into a totally different color scheme depending on if the baby is February (amethyst) or March (emerald). I can't wait to see what the combination of stones for all of you guys will look like.