Every once in awhile, I find it is necessary to throw in the proverbial towel, throw up my hands and cry "UNCLE"!! Such was the case this past week when I went back to the project that I began working on in my recent Beaded Wire Bracelet class. (You can read about the class here.) Deciding to try another Tac , giving up on what is already underway is always a valuable lesson and one that I must always remind myself, can be a strong teachable moment. Still the frustration level is very high and the waste of time factor defiantly feeds my frustration!!!
The bracelet was crafted using black enamel coated 16 g wire for the frame and Blue Steel enamel coated 26 g wire for the bead work. AS I progressed I started to notice that the Blue Steel enamel coating was flaking off the 26 g wire. NOT ACCEPTABLE!!!! With each turn of the wire, more color was flaking off the thin wire and the project looked terrible, really bad. No way to continue- FULL STOP!!!
The temptation to put it all in a bag and stuff it at the back of my beading boxes was also very strong. Out of sight out of mind! Ever been there?? Ever done that????? ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have begun again with new Titanium 26 g wire- no coating to flake off, and the same 16 g black frame and the same beads- different bead work though as I never plan anything and the beads and wire begin a new conversation and tell me where the placement should be.
It is always good to be reminded that to deconstruct a project and to begin again, is always a better path than to continue with sub standard materials.
The phrase Garbage in Garbage out comes to mind!!!
A good lesson to be taught again and again, even in our art adventures!