Friday, May 25, 2012

Do Overs: Upcycling Old Projects

Just finished reading a fun post from Crafty Hope on digging up some of those old projects. Got me thinking. 

Its been about 5 years now since I took a wire wrap class on a whim. I had never done anything other then simple bead strings. But my sister-in-law was visiting (along with my Brother) for Christmas and I decided it would be fun to take a class while she was here. She is a classically trained artist who specializes in encaustic painting, an ancient Egyptian technique, and so I knew I had to up the game a bit and pick a class that might challenge her.

Funny thing is, that class jump-started my beading after many, many years. I used to bead when I was a kid. Could not get enough of it, but I wouldn't go as far as to say I was any good. Just your simple bead strings. I lost interest when I hit my teen years and tucked the box of beads away in the attic. I did keep a few of the necklaces, and gave them to my girls without much of a thought. Only one survived all the dress up outfits and tea parties. A tad worse for wear, but I managed to save the beads. I keep it in a bead tube as the last artifact of my early work. This one I think I'll leave just as it is.

There is something soothing to me to just sit and string beads. I have a lot of people ask me why I make jewelry, and so much of it. I always answer "because I don't knit."


BeadedTail said...

I so agree with your answer of "because I don't knit"! I find beading very relaxing too! I've gone back and looked at my old projects and some I've re-worked but most just remain the same. It's fun to see how much I didn't know back then!

Duni said...

That is a great answer!
I have only taken up knitting recently, but I find it oh so relaxing. I also still have a beaded necklace I made in my teens. I still think it's pretty :)

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Miss Val's Creations said...

Great story! I finding putting beads on a string to be relaxing, almost therapeutic. I have tried knitting and crocheting but since it requires paying attention, I realized it was not for me!

AntiquityTravelers said...

Ha! Love that Val! and so true ... much more concentration required

Ashley said...

I think your creations are beautiful and it's great to know that those creations are made when you're in a relaxing state of mind :)



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