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Think about how much time goes into each creation you make. First comes the idea. Or maybe not. Maybe the beads come first. Or the wire. Or the pin on Pinterest that catches your eye. Whatever it is, there’s a spark. Then comes the hunt for the perfect components for your piece. You might already have some of them in your stash. You might need to go to a bead shop to buy them. You might have to dig through antique stores or even a yard sale or a hardware store. Maybe online. A scavenger hunt ensues!

Okay, so you’ve got all your stuff! Now what? Now you have to make it! And how many times have you made a not-so-pretty loop on that earring or had a hard time closing the crimp cover perfectly around the crimp? Or finished a necklace and absolutely hated the clasp? Or maybe it’s just a bit too short. Or, if you’re beadstitching, there’s a bead of the wrong color in the wrong spot. We’ve all been there. The question is what to do about it.

There’s so much time (and often times, money!) that’s gone in to create this piece. Maybe it’s a gift, maybe it’s going to go up for sale, maybe it’s just for you. Or maybe it’s just for the sake of creation! But for something that’s already taken up time and energy, it’s worth it to go that one extra step to make it look perfect.

Re-do that wonky wrapped loop. Pry that caddywhampus crimp cover off and try again! Re-string that darn necklace and put a worthy clasp on it. Bite the bullet and pull out that three-four-five rows of beadwork and fix that lapse in tension or that out-of-place bead. Because then something extraordinary happens.

You get to step back and look at something you’ve created and be completely satisfied with it. Wow! What a fantastic feeling. And totally worth that extra five minutes in the great scheme of things, right? 🙂