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Transformation

What once was old is new again.

So I get this text from a friend it goes something like this...

Friend:  I really like those earrings but I don't do dangles.
So...
Could you make it into a necklace?

Me:  Sure!  I can do that.  No problem.
(because I'm a metalsmith and can do ANYTHING)

Friend:  Can you put the down first then up?

Me:  Wait, what?
You want both?

So that's how the conversation went which led me down this journey of WTF?

So I begin the process.
I had drawn up an idea.
Trying to keep things simple.
But I wasn't feeling this.  That bar was not going to make this hang right and I was walking down the road of soldering this then that.  Things could get messy.

Frustration now sets in.
Why oh WHY?!!!
Why did I agree to do this?
Why didn't I just leave it alone?

Then I make a ring to dangle them on but it changes the feel of the piece 
ENTIRELY!

More frustration.
WHY?!!!

 Self doubts start to set in.
This is shit!
I am shit!
And
maybe you should just give this all up!

NEXT...
I talk to my partner in crime and he didn't like the whole ring idea.  Now self doubt really sets in and tools start to get thrown.
Like me he liked the bar idea so I hit the bench again as soon as he walks out the door.

BREATHE
I then come up with this.
Now this might work.
I LIKE IT!

This whole journey reminded me of a post I saw recently on FB.
I wish I knew who wrote this but we don't.
Andy Cooperman FB from a student.
So this pretty much describes my creative process.  
Of course I have to add a line between 4 & 5

4b.  I really should give this up.


And my mind starts thinking about how I would be a good bartender or barista.
Or maybe I should become a writer!

But then I get rewarded with 5 & 6 and the whole process starts over.
HAHAHAHA!!!

The great thing about this undertaking is that I was able to explore and flex my brain muscles a little.  This allowed me to learn more about myself and grow a bit.

So...
that is how this cookie crumbles.

Have a great Thursday everyone and remember.

You just have to keep on swimming!!!

_/\_


Namaste
Kalaya

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