Today’s quote is a Chinese Proverb. One well known! “Each journey starts with the first step.” This is my “first step,” my very first piece made of clay.
I remember the first piece I made of polymer clay. I saw a pin on Pinterest that inspired me. So I set to work. I put in a little sterling silver tree charm and an orange and green glass bead and began creating vines, swirls, and leaves around them. But I didn’t know when to stop! I messaged my niece, Lizzie, to ask her to look at some photos and give me her opinion. On her advice, I finally halted my work. I wonder how many vines, swirls, and leaves that pendant would have now if she hadn’t stopped me?! It wasn’t anything to write home about, but I was having so much fun trying out some techniques I’d seen on YouTube. And Lizzie said she loved it. I think she said that so she wouldn’t hurt her Aunt’s feelings. It was a bit gaudy. I actually hope she never wears it. LOL! It’s kind of embarrassing. But I learned a lot about clay work with that piece. And it was my first step into a passion that has grown with each day! I also discovered how healing jewelry creating can be. I have chronic pain, which I have to medicate for. I can only sit in my wheelchair for a short time. Making my creating time precious to me. But I found that I could meditate while I was creating. I could imagine myself “above” my pain. I discovered I was missing medication doses! My meditations would be conversations with God. I would affirm that I was healthy and pain-free long enough to complete a project. I invite God to take the reigns when I get interrupted by a stab, a cramp, or an ache. And sometimes I’m surprised by the end result! Some of my pieces have come together almost like magic! The Unisex Necklace I made was like that. I got lost in my meditation/conversation. I was a bit astounded when I saw the finished piece. It really is beautiful. And all of it started with this piece!
p.s. Thanks to my dear Lizzie! Who knows!? I could still be working on this piece had you not told me it was finished!