Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Humming along

Serendipity. Yup, that's what I've had going for me today; serendipity. It all started a few days ago, when I picked up a string of labradorite briolettes by the wrong end and sent them flying all over the floor. What was serendipitous about that you might ask? Well, at the time, it didn't feel much like anything except clumsiness, but this morning I found one of the little escapees on the floor and tossed it on my bead board.

When I sat down to work, there it was, right next to the piece I started last night. Amazingly enough, it looked like it belonged there. I hadn't given those briolettes a thought in the composition of this piece; suddenly, I couldn't imagine the piece without it. The labradorite needed a friend, so I began looking through my bead boxes; petal pearls in the exact shade required were there, waiting patiently for me to find them.

But that's not all. The maille component of this piece was giving me fits; I had my mind set on something ribbon-like. In vain, I tried every flat weave I knew; and then I looked up and tried a few I don't know. I felt like Goldilocks: this one was too big, this one too small; would I ever find a weave that was just right?

Serendipity again. RSD just popped into my head. Nope, it isn't ribbon-like, it's not even flat; it's very textured, in fact. But it's perfect. Just absolutely perfect. I've only completed 3.5 inches of a necklace today, but it's beautiful. It was a very good day.

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