Sometimes you go into a project with grand plans and it just doesn’t work out. No matter what you do, it just doesn’t come together the way you would like. Well, this is one of those times.
When we first got in the new TierraCast leather straps, I had a great idea for what I wanted to do. I saw some pins on Pinterest for morse code jewelry and have been really inspired to create my own. I love the idea of jewelry containing a hidden message and wondered how I could create my own version. I thought it would be really neat to incorporate morse code into some bracelets using the new leathers straps, rivets and mixed metal components.
I knew what I wanted to do but wasn’t sure really how to do it. I sketched out a couple of different ideas in my notebook and was satisfied with the design I came up with, but I still wasn’t any closer to a how to make it happen. None the less, I picked out my materials and decided to dive right in. I used a 3mm round beads and some 6mm long tubes.
For my first attempt, I tried out a 24 gauge craft wire. I set out my beads, using my daughters initials and made wrapped loop links with the wire. Then, I used rivets to attach the links to the leather. I made the loops a little too small so they didn’t fit quite the way I would have liked with the rivets. The wire was a little too stiff for this purpose and I worry that over time, it will break. It looked alright, but wasn’t quite meeting my standards.
A co-worker suggested trying to use cable strand and a crimp bead instead of the wire and it seemed like it could work. I decided to give it a try but again, I wasn’t satisfied with the results. I don’t care for the look of the crimp beads or the way you can see some of the cable strand. It didn’t look as finished as the wrapped loops but the completed bracelet was much more flexible and I’m not as worried about how it will hold up.
For my third and final attempt, I decided to skip the rivets all together and just stitch the beads to the leather with some waxed linen thread. This is probably the most attractive and durable of the bunch but it wasn’t what I had envisioned. I had a specific look in my head and this was not it. I used a cream-colored thread, so maybe something a little darker would have been better but I really wanted to use the rivets.
So basically, I am unhappy with my finished results. Sure, all three of them are cute and wearable but they aren’t what I had in mind. Maybe I am just being over critical of my work, which I usually am to a fault. When it comes to my creations, I am a huge perfectionist. Once I get an idea stuck in my head, I have to follow through. I will probably be stuck on this one for a while.
Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever had a specific idea in your head only to be completely disappointed when you can’t make it work? Tell me about your experiences in the comments! Better yet, tell me how YOU would make this bracelet! I would love to hear your suggestions!