I had an amusing Part Two to
that I wrote about last year.
I had made two bracelets at the same time,
using parts of a photo that was included in a flea market find...
a treasure trove of vintage black & white photographs.
The photo in question looked like it could have been from the Dustbowl Era of the 1930's
with a small group of people gathered at the stoop of a dilapidated house.
I was drawn to the image because of the somber suggestion of perseverence.
One shop had a bracelet with the image a man who I thought of as a hybrid of James Dean and Tom Joad.
I was asked to do a redesign....
which I did.
When I made last week's delivery to another shop,
a favor was asked.
I had forgotten that this second shop had the second bracelet, featuring the female from the photo who I think of as
the bracelet was still there because their customers also found the image to be a bit creepy.
Just like before, I was asked if I could swap out the resin-set image for a bezel-set stone.
I like to keep the shops happy, so I said,
The bracelet came home with me,
but when I brought it to my workbench,
I realized that I didn't really want to make the change.
There's a genuine kinship I feel with this woman.
Her image suggests to me that no matter what hardship life presents,
it can be faced
and life will continue.
I contacted the shop and asked if we could do an even swap with another bracelet.
An alternative was sent out
Grim Grandma is now part of my permanent, personal collection.