If there is one thing that this blog does, it’s push me out of my comfort zone.
I sometimes think, “Should I start a blog where I just spray paint everything and write about it? I’m good at applying spray paint…. and gold makes EVERYTHING better…”
And while that is a stellar idea and yes, I’d read that blog and probably subscribe to it, I’d probably be mind-numbingly bored by the second month. Plus, Mr. Suburble would realize that he’s suddenly living in Liberace’s house and shut it down anyways.
Ever since I read Adrianne’s fabulous tutorial on stamped jewelry basics, I’ve wanted to try my hand at making my own personalized pieces.
But I was nervous. I didn’t ever pull the trigger. The supplies sat on my craft table for weeks… and I didn’t know where to begin.
I worried about uneven letters. Or getting them backwards. Or what about wasting perfectly good metal blanks?
When I asked her for advice, Adrianne reminded me that I can’t always be good at everything right out of the gate. I had to practice. I had to make mistakes.
So I made them. And ruined some perfectly good supplies with my attempts.
And then… I created something I was happy with.
It wasn’t perfect. The letters weren’t entirely straight. And “centred” is in the eye of the beholder.
But it’s my starting point for a new hobby.
And a reminder to stop worrying so much about not being good at stuff.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn how to do?
I promise I’ll hound you to do it, if you want me to!
Tara, I’ve been wanting to try jewelry stamping too! Thanks so much for inspiring me today! 😀
This is so pretty Tara- the imperfections are what make it look custom and handmade instead of manufactured… I better check out that tutorial!
First of all that is a GREAT early attempt and light years ahead of what I made in the beginning. Chase perfection all you want but you’re already darn respectable. I love it!
I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort and disappointment and perseverance.
— Vincent Van Gogh
Wow. This is just what I needed to hear today.
I totally need to try metal stamping. I’ve mastered paper and leather but I need to move on!
I’d love to learn leather stamping. Tell me, is it difficult?