Over the weekend my friend Suzan and I watched Elke Bergeron's Metallic Leather Bracelet class on Creativebug and started making bracelets. Everything was going well on Saturday—together, we proudly figured out how to work the strap cutter and the beveler and happily painted the leather. But on Sunday morning, when it was time to add the button stud closures, we realized the button studs I bought weren't going to work because they were too short. I had to order new ones.
You'd think I'd be eager to receive the new closures in the mail and finish this project, but the truth is I'm kind of dreading it. That's because I really want these bracelets to turn out well and I know that this part of the process, when I have to punch holes in the narrow leather, is precarious. If I'm off by just a little bit, I could ruin a bracelet, or the hole and closure could look amateurish. Since Suzan had to leave, I'll be working alone. And, truthfully, making the bracelets with Suzan was so much more fun than making them on my own would have been. When I got frustrated or confused, she was calm and focused. And vice versa. When I didn't like the way my first painted bracelets were looking, she suggested a different way to mix the colors that turned out really nice. While we made them, we talked and laughed.
I've been thinking a lot about my fear of making those holes in the leather, taking that last step, and wondering how often I unconsciously avoid doing something because I am afraid of failing or just not being perfect.Read More