assessing progress . . .
I got to a stopping place yesterday. Last night before bed, I laid out what I've made thus far. Seeing some gaps in the range of work, I pulled out a few more components that were hiding in my little bins. While I was originally thinking I'd dive right in this morning, the morning has gone a bit differently than envisioned. I have yet to park myself behind the worktable and will soon head that way, but first here's the fruits of my efforts . . .
Nothing has been soldered so it all looks like a crazy mish mash. I want to add at least 3 or 4 very minimal necklaces and then I think I'll be done. Then it will be on to earrings. Not sure if I'm going to include bracelets in this first incarnation - a couple of pieces are long enough to wrap, so I may just leave it at that. Also, I've nixed the base metals for now. Keeping things simple and less confusing. Also, will probably wait on the nylon cord versions, maybe . . . we'll see.
Keeping things simple is always the challenge. In planning pieces I want to replicate, I try to limit the number of elements. It's just way to confusing to fill orders for pieces when there's a whole slew of different components for each piece. It requires spread sheets and I refuse to learn Excel. Also, too many variables is just flat out confusing to buyers. It's hard enough when you're at a show or in the gallery/boutique and working in person, but long distance can be crazy making . . . believe me, I know!
There's a few pieces that need to be tweaked before everything gets soldered together, but on the whole, I'm quite pleased!
So that's it for my jewelry update, but in other news . . .
One of my morning distractions was getting ready to start my own kombucha scoby. I've read so much on making kombucha, checked out books from the library, printed out whole e-books from online and on and on. Lots say do not try to grow your own scoby. Over the weekend, I found this site that made it look pretty easy. So what the heck, I'm going for it. Lord knows it will save me a ton of money if it works. My starter black tea is cooling and I'll be mixing it all up and crossing my fingers soon.
There's more going on that I want to talk about and I'm wanting to give it a proper post. For now to pique your curiosity, here's a link to an old blog post from April 2011 . . . feedback and thoughts very much encouraged.
Okay, off to mix up my starter kombucha and then get to work!
with deep gratitude - kvk