As an engineer and Maille Smith, you’d think I’d have enough patience to last a lifetime. I thought so too, but then I started on this necklace. It’s a triple strand necklace of byzantine rose in 20g sterling silver and yellow gold filled. 20g rings are tiny. Seriously tiny. Then multiply that by 3 plus a bracelet. Oy.
I came up with a system to work on this without losing my mind (mind you, I was in the last stretch of pregnancy so my mind was already extremely far gone).
Close silver rings and make gold roses.
Attach 3 pairs of silver rings to gold roses.
Weave chain and b-r-e-a-t-h-e and note how easy it was to construct once I got to this step.
The best way to weave it was to break it up by my moods. When I needed my brain to calm down after fretting about the baby not coming, how tired I was, how itchy I was, I would work on Step 1 and make a giant pile of closed rings and roses and then walk away. Coming back, I would work on Step 2 until I finished up the pile of roses. Then I would either walk away again (come on, I have a toddler running around), or continue on to Step 3 and finish that bit of chain. Lastly, I would attach it to the main group of chains and step back to admire my handiwork. Breaking up such a daunting task was the best idea I’ve come up with yet. If apply this method to other aspects of my life, I think I’ve found a great way to avoid procrastination.