So there it is.
I'm starting to think it's not due to the economic times. It's me. I'm told by so many to keep making jewelry. But nothing is selling. I do attribute that to the economic times.
And my hands are hurting. I adore using my hands. In fact I think that is my calling. One of my favorite jobs was when I was a stagehand and it was all about manual labor. But manual labor takes its toll. Luckily making jewelry effects only my hands and eyes and not my entire body. However I am experiencing some pain.
sawed and filed fingers
calloused finger tips and imprints of silver edges
hang nails, dirty nails
I can't seem to stop making though. Today I made two very gaudy but gorgeous pieces. They're Cleopatra pieces. Very unlike my usual style, but the stones needed to be set. They've been sitting in my collection for over a year. I always loved looking at them but I could never think how I would make them into something I would want to put my name on.
|Cleopatra Citrine Ring|
|Massive stone (taken by GBR)|
|Cleopatra Amber Necklace|
|Beaded border and necklace strand used by infamous David Yurman|
|I tried to look regal and elegant, but Terry made me laugh. So not Cleopatra. (taken by TLR)|
I'm happiest when I'm making jewelry. I think it's pretty obvious to everyone who knows me. But it doesn't work when it's not selling. I need to market myself better. I'm not good at touting my work. Any ideas?