Every now and again, I have a hard time turning my ideas into reality. Something gets lost in the translation. Such was the case with this piece.
I had this idea for this really bold, strong-looking bracelet made with these giant nuggets of gray marble I picked up a while back. It would be earthy, but cold, and I had the vision of some fashionably aloof lady wearing it while shopping at some high-end boutique. Some blingy, bright silver beads would shine it up and give it some glam. It would be awesome.
The end result looked pretty good. It was almost everything I had envisioned.
|Pictured: the bracelet that was not meant to be.|
The problem came in the marble, which was the cornerstone of the whole piece. Well, the problem was in the marble, and in the fact that I only had a certain number of the spacer beads, and I had used them all and therefore didn't have more to lengthen the piece.
You see, the marble was chunky - very much so - and this pushed out the effective circumference of the piece. Basically, if I wanted to make this piece to fit, say, a 7" wrist, I'd have to have nine or so inches of bracelet. The problem was that I only had 7" of bracelet, and the finished piece would have only fit a child (or someone with very tiny wrists).
|Pictured: the necklace that came to be.|
Things were looking grim for this piece.
I finally decided to ditch the bracelet idea, but I didn't want to dismantle the piece. The stones looked good with the spacers, and yes - despite all the unforeseen difficulties, I was still attached to this design. I figured, why not continue the chain idea all the way into a necklace? I may have run out of lobster clasps and chain with large enough links to act as an extender, but I had a bunch of finer steel chain and toggle clasps in the right colors.
The piece was saved, though transformed, and there was much rejoicing.