This is my favorite necklace (for now). I made it as a challenge to myself. I wanted to create a collection of wire jewelry consisting of a necklace, earrings and a bracelet. I completed it and listed it for sale on my http://zoraida.artfire.com shop.
As I usually wear a newly created piece for a day or so to “test” it for wearability, comfort and public response, I did the same for this necklace. I began to notice that I really liked it. It went very well with everything I wore. It looked old, vintage and bohemian,. It was me. I started appreciating the wirework and overall design. In short, I loved it! I took it off my shop. I unllisted it. This one, I said, is for me!
I recently wore this necklace on a plain, black, T shirt to a show. I was a vendor. Why do people always seem to want the piece that you’re wearing?? Is it because they think they can’t have it, or maybe it’s the presentation? I struggled inside with the decision telling myself, “I can make another one, it’s not like I gave birth to it. I really could use the money. What, am I crazy, I’m here to sell!”
I found myself sabotaging my own merchandise. “Yes, it can leave green marks on your neck. That depends on your body chemisty. I don’t sweat much and I clean it often. Yes, the copper will darken over time and lose that shine, but ketchup works great and the smell won’t linger”.
At last, the customer purchased another piece and I sighed with relief. She asked if I would be making any more of the same set. She wants the whole collection. I normally create one-of-a-kind jewelry but decided I would make another, very similar, collection.
I suspect she will no longer be interested in buying the set after I’ve made it and a few weeks have gone by. That’s OK, I’ll simply list it for sale, again. I may or may not sell it but…. I still get to keep my favorite necklace!