I remember reading a quote somewhere about beading — when you think you’re done, so something more. Then do something more again. And again.
The gist of the message? Don’t be satisfied with your first effort, it’s seldom your best.
I made a necklace in diamond stitch using Swarovski crystals. It looked fine but it wasn’t anything special. After a few days I decided to push the design further.
The piece went through several incarnations. I documented each stage with a photo which was helpful. It let me compare versions and finally choose the one I liked best.
The original “ends” of the necklace became the front, where I added the focal concept. The original middle of the necklace was now at the back of the neck — which meant taking it apart so I could insert the clasp.
Fiddly work but I like the final result much better than my first attempt.
Pushing the creative process does have a downside. I knew an artist once who continually reworked his paintings, never quite capturing what he was looking for. He sold very few pieces and was often frustrated.
The trick is knowing when to stop. I found a design that pleased me. Was it the best I could do? For now, yes. So I stopped. There’s always another design waiting to be discovered. 😉