Thursday, July 28, 2011

Conquered platinum, but shortly thereafter melted into a puddle

Dearest readers.  I am hot.  But I love it.  I would rather be hot than cold any day.  At least in the heat your muscles can relax.  Cold just ties me into knots.

So, I finally finished my first project in platinum.  See below:

I don't know why I was so reluctant to start making things in platinum.  It just seemed intimidating for some reason.  I remember when I first opened up shop.  I had so little experience!  It is shocking when I look back on it.  I was so nervous about EVERYTHING.  Everything was a cause for worry.  There was just so much I didn't know (it's still that way, incidentally) and it made it hard to know what to expect.  I like to know what to expect.  I'm not a nervous person, not at all.  But I NEED to know what to expect, even if it what to expect is bad and hard and intimidating.  As long as I have a general idea of how it will go, I'm fine.   

Anyhoo, I shouldn't have been nervous.  It was bit harder to finish (i.e. polish), but the stone setting was very similar to palladium.  I really liked the color as well.  It was very white, and the weight!  I love the weight of platinum.  I'm toying with making this ring in platinum for my wedding band:

All right, I think I need to wrap things up here, Mr. Gunter is trying to give me a hint about his needs and desires:

(That is the door that he is leaning against.  Subtle, very subtle.)

p.s.  I had my first fitting for my wedding dress yesterday (I'm having it made by a Cambodian tailor).  It is going to turn out fantastic.  Almost exactly what I was picturing!  It's a bit excessively pretty, pretty princess, but I'm throwing caution to the wind (along with my radical feminism, apparently).


Nicole Hyatt said...

Love the platinum! What are the main differences between platinum and palladium? Do they wear the same? Will you start offering platinum as an option in your shop soon?

Kelly Reece said...

YAY!!! Be a girl! I watched Cinderella today and thought "I wonder if any girl has ever had her wedding dress made to emulate that?" Do you have a picture of what you're looking to have? Loving the platinum! I'd be nervous too!

Bean Collins said...

@Nicole Thanks! Platinum and palladium are pretty similar. Platinum is much heavier (and much more expensive). It is also lighter in color when they have a satin finish, but both polish up to look pretty much the same at a high polish. I will be offering certain things in platinum in my shop from now on. Pretty much everything except the illumination rings.

@Kelly Thanks! I'm trying to get comfortable with it. It seems a little bit like dressing up in drag, to be perfectly honest. But I think it will be fun! Like Halloween. I don't have any photos, but it has a sweetheart neckline, strapless, high waist, A line cut (to the floor) with 3 layers of ruffles starting just above the knee. It's made out of this gorgeous hand loomed silk! (Squeal! Giggle!)