Thursday, 3 March 2011

My Creative Space.

It's been a wee while since I shared my creative space and today might not be the best day for my return.
It's been a complete nightmare of a day, interupted by endless phone calls and text messages about my poor broken car. On the plus side, it's no longer broken, and I finally managed to get a lift to Perth to collect it from the garage before they closed for the day. But it was all really frustrating. I love my car and seeing it being driven away on the back of a recovery truck yesterday was enough to bring a tear to my eye.

Anyway, amidst all this frustration I decided to get to work on a repair job for a customer.
Now if there is one thing I hate ....
Actually while I'm ranting, I may as well say that there are a few things I hate.
The News of the World
Red Audis (one ran me off the road into a ditch last year and I, irrationally blame all red Audis)
Phone calls from telemarketing firms ..especially the automated ones.

So, back to my creative space... If there is one thing I hate it's admitting defeat. It was a close call today though. I was challenged with the task of restringing a five stranded pearl necklace. One strand was intact but since the catch was broken, that had to be restrung along with the others. Two strands had been restrung previously by the owner who admitted she had made a bit of a mess of it. One strand was almost intact but snapped at one end and may or may not have lost some of the tiny 1mm pearls. And the final strand was mostly in bits in a plastic bag. So there we have it... Around 600 assorted pearls, ranging in sizes from 8mm down to the tiny 1mm.

Here I am reaching the final straight. Time to decide on the clasp.
Don't even try to guess how many times I was on my hands and knees, scouring the floor for dropped beads.
Obviously no photos of that stage as I was way beyond the mood for framing shots and the chance of me throwing the camera was just too great.

In the end it was all worth while.
I'm really pleased to have been able to bring this sixty year old necklace back to life and I hope it's owner will be equally pleased.
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Ady said...

Very well done!! It is beautiful and so very worth it in the end.

Fiona said...

What a labour of love! If you need more practice, I have one that still needs restringing! It's my grandmother's and I'm a bit scared to mess it up, plus I have no idea how the clasp goes back on. One of these days I'll get round to it! You did well to get all those pearls back into order and sitting so beautifully!

The Clip Cafe said...

Gorgeous! Sad about your car though.