I admit it; I was a metal snob. Silver and gold, that's all I wanted to use.
But I am SO over it.
Base metals are cool. I fell in love with antique brass while making my piece for the Use the Muse contest. I'd never used it before! I'd never even considered using it. Boy, was I wrong about that. Antique brass has a wonderful warmth and blends beautifully with my beads. Okay, it was not easy to solder. But I'm betting that will take practice. I don't know it very well yet.
Using brass was so much fun; now, I'm committed to using everything. Today I found some really fun base metal and crystal components, and I bought 'em. I've just spent the past hour or two incorporating them into my latest piece, and it's fabulous! They provide exactly the right touch.
Opportunities. Gotta love 'em.