My new “rocks” arrived a good week ago, and I’m still thinking hard about what I want to use them for, other than the classic “variations on a theme.” I’ve been doing some of that just to keep myself in the right headspace, and I think it’s starting to work. I’m feeling glimmerings of inspiration for Monday!
I am, however, starting to regret my decision to go for a greater variety of stones of lower cost/quality over shelling out more money for larger lots of one or two stones, but with better cut. My stone setting skills are not yet that flexible. I have a set of stone-setting burs in a variety of sizes, but there are one or two that are missing that I think I will have to buy in order to set some of these stones. The CZs I was setting earlier are machine-cut, and all fit perfectly. These new stones have more size variation, and end up being just a smidge larger or smaller than the closest “matching” bur size. Add to that my less-than-ideal setup for holding on to rings and earrings while I’m trying to set stones (sometimes it’s a two-handed process) and you have a good recipe for frustration 😦
This has combined with my decision not to buy anything I can make at home, and has led to me spending more time knitting myself a new pair of socks than working in the studio. I really need to cut that out and do my knitting after Scarlett gets home from school. That was supposed to be the deal – I stay home and work in the studio during school hours. Yes, socks are necessary, but I can work on those when Scarlett is home, so I should not use my precious and limited my-autistic-daughter-is-at-school hours for knitting. On the other hand, these are going to be very nice, warm, decorative socks!