This was the original design sketched in pencil on my legal pad at work:
This was what happened when I got home and opened Illustrator:
This is what just came in the mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! Once my hair dries (I just washed it) and I can put it up in a bun, I've got to take a picture of it in! It's brass, and the red stones are garnet cabochons that I bought online.
I am so INSANELY happy with this! A while back, I found a place nearby that has jewelry-making classes; my schedule got nuts, so I wasn't able to register for one, but I need to MAKE the time. This designing stuff is just too fun!
Oh, how lovely. I wish I'd gone into something more artistic and results-oriented. Physics was such a waste of time, fun and easy but a bit like doing crossword puzzles for a living, and I don't really use it much day-to-day. Metal design sounds so interesting.
The best thing about the classes is that they often have setups you can use or pay to use there, so I don't need the equipment or a machine shop myself. The time, though ... Yikes, that's the hard part. *sigh* I SO want to do this, though. I need to just buckle down and effing do it.
Thankya. :-) I've got a few more ideas ... they're coming fast and furious now that I have a way to make them reality. I've got one koi-related idea that I want to start on next, with pearl-white and orange enameling.
Thanks! It stunned the hell out of me when I got it. It's such a rush to think of something and see it actually come into existence like that. As much as I love mathematics and living a life of the abstract, there is an incredible joy and high in bringing a real object into being that one can drop on one's foot. :-)