I've been practicing my patience, sanding the surfaces, checking for gaps, and nose to the grindstone, trying again...and IT'S NOT WORKING. It feels like I've never done this before, like I don't know what I'm doing...but I have, and I do. I suppose this is a good lesson, like most frustrations in the studio, this is giving me some pause to reflect on more than just a difficulty in the engineering of silver and stone...Perhaps I need to up my patience quota, breath deep, take my time, and look closer at the why's and how's, but I can't help feeling defeated. I am insanely proud of how far I've come in such a short time, mostly being self taught at this craft. I love each and every creation I have forged, and am trying like hell to not get so frustrated that I give up...but now it's been days since I have made an attempt to work with these bezels, and I hear them calling me from the studio...I need to get over this hump, to conquer my bezel creating demons and push through to a completed project. Maybe I need to take another class to hone my skills, to get some feedback in person on what I'm doing wrong...but now, all I want to do is scold my materials and tell them they are bad little children, that they are not cooperating and will be put in a time out until they can just do what they are supposed to!!!!
Ok, feeling a bit better just getting that off my chest...now to sip some greet tea, think peaceful thoughts, and dream up some more designs, I know I'll get it eventually even if it feels like an eternity!
Thanks for listening...