It’s been a while since I made much jewellery, having been rather occupied with other things. (I have too many hobbies!) It hasn’t been totally abandoned, I always need new earrings and the odd bracelet or seven of course.
Last weekend, for the first time in a while I spent most of a day playing with beads, Swarovski crystal and my new discovery – Greek ceramic beads in all the colours you can imagine and then some, even in silver and gold. I got quite a few items made and it was fun! I’d forgotten just how satisfying it is to finally sit back and look at a whole heap of stuff you have made.
It’s not quite that proud feeling the first time you present your poor parents with a plasticine… thing (OK I don’t know what it was either) but it’s close. Well, maybe not that close – after all my plasticine always got mixed up and ended up that unique shade of reddish, greyish sludgy brown.
I’ve made some brackets and a necklace for myself but a lot of what I’m making at the moment is – hopefully – to sell. I don’t sell regularly, this is very much still a hobby and the pressure to keep making new designs isn’t what I want to take on right now. Selling less frequently does have the upside of making it all the more satisfying when I see people wearing something that I made, that really is an enduring pleasure. A pleasure that, alas, doesn’t stop me being intensely self-critical.
I have learnt (mostly) not to point out all the tiny – almost imperceptible – imperfections, the wire loop that isn’t totally precise, the fact that maybe not every item is entirely original, perhaps I was slightly inspired by something I saw in a magazine (aren’t we all), that maybe it won’t sit quite right… As a sales technique it isn’t one of the best. I’d never win The Apprentice – not that I can ever imagine I would want to…
I should just accept that when people say they like it they might actually, possibly, just maybe, mean it! In some cases perhaps they are being polite, it makes the world a nicer place, but if they are prepared to hand over real hard-earned cash then I vow to stop questioning and be hugely complimented.
After all, I wear it – and I have excellent taste!