Metamorphosis

Back when I started creating jewelry pieces, walking into the jewelry section at Michaels was overwhelming.  I began with so many great ideas in my head, but when I stared at the supplies, beads, and tools available to me, my mind went absolutely blank!!  Always being one with a “frugal” nature, I started to dig through the marked down bins.  I spotted a pendant with a beautiful earth toned moth.  I have always been someone that finds and loves beauty in the nontraditional sense.  I fell in love with this pendant.  I loved that it was a moth as apposed to a brightly colored beautiful butterfly.  Staring at this pendant, I saw in my mind what I wanted it to become.  A double layered long necklace.  I began working on it at once.  Over the course of the past seven months, I could never steer this project of mine away from disaster.  No matter how hard I tried or how much I changed things, the moth pendant necklace was an epic fail.  It was lop-sided.  The twisted seed bead layer never stayed twisted.  In fact, once when I was trying to fix it, more than half of the teeny and tiny seed beads fell off.  I don’t have a bead-spinning stringer so they were all added by hand.  I actually teared up when that happened.  There were also strings and wires poking out all over the necklace.  I did not know how to properly add a clasp.

When we moved from one side of town to the other, I never pulled the necklace back out.  I just gave up on it. I found it the other day and thought.  OK, it’s been a while and I am better at this craft.  Maybe I should try again.  I started working on it.  I restrung the whole necklace and learned how to properly attach a clasp.  Slowly as I worked on it, the piece began to come together.  My excitement for my project reignited and I smiled while I worked on it.  I even did a couple “happy wiggles” in my seat!  Once it was done, I couldn’t stop staring at it.  It was EXACTLY what I pictured the very first time I held that moth pendant in my hands.  I am extremely happy with how it came out.  So happy, I am not sure I can part with it now, but it was always meant to go into my Etsy shop. Perhaps I can make another one.  This necklace is my first beaded double layered seed bead twisted piece.

It is interesting that the whole process of this necklace was metamorphosis.  Just like the journey my beautiful moth went through.  I looked up the species and I believe the moth is a Gymnoscelis Rufifasciata, or more commonly known as a Double Striped Pug Moth.

I need a better picture of the full necklace. Especially if I do add this to my AliLilly Etsy Shop. This will have to do for now. I will build myself a better photo box later.

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23 thoughts on “Metamorphosis”

  1. Ali, I've had those moments/days/weeks/months when a project doesn't come together and it is disheartening, but I've learned, like you, to try it again. In the meantime, keep creating! Tx for your kind words on my birthday letters post, you will be busy making "A"s for sure! BTW, all my daughters birthdays fall within one ten day period in May, lol! With 3 other May birthdays in the family, we usually hold a "Ladies of May Birthday Bash."

  2. I am having this same trouble with a gorgeous agate pendant. You can see my delimma here. I even have restrung several strings of seed beads after having them all slip off of the string. Ugh!! I hope I have the same success with it soon.

  3. Really pretty! I love the layers!I completely agree that sometimes if you don't like your art, you need to put it away and then come back later for a fresh look. I try to follow this rule at work with graphic design and also at home with my own crafts. You ended up with a great product!

  4. it is stunning. and I LOVE YOUR STORY!!! yes yes yes, that's how it goes. you have to keep on going at it.. and then, one day… you get it right… (this is what i;m telling myself as i am making a peace symbol bag from recycled socks and crochet elements….. ha!meanwhile, as i think your project is THAT great, I'm extending you an invite:come link your tutorial up with us so our readers can find you:http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-7/(for your future creativity: new party = every wednesday, findable from the home page)we love to feature you,rose

  5. This is a really beautiful piece, I think it would be a great addition to a wardrobe! You did a great job on it, so glad you didn't give up. Sometimes things turn out just (and only) when they are least expected to!Drop by for a visit sometime. I'm not a "crafter", but you might find something to entertain you.XOHeidi – Heart and Home

  6. Very beautiful necklace! I've been rediscovering some of the projects I gave up on and am surprised to see how much better I am at finishing them now. I guess we just have to wait for the right time in our lives to get things done.

  7. I loved reading your post and your necklace is stunning. I came over via "Just Something I Whipped Up at TGC".I laughed out loud when I read your comment about digging through the marked down bins at Michaels. That's where I live and I swear I don't remember seeing half the treasures I find when they were full price. I guess that's good huh? Just became your newest follower 🙂

  8. Great story and amazing necklace! I was so glad to hear I'm not the only one who drops a million carefully strung seed beads with one wrong move! I think you made such a glorious statement with the pendant and your bead choices! It's hard to do neutrals well, you really have an eye.

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