I truly enjoy writing. After I finished my dissertation, I thought I might never like writing another thing, but that didn’t last long. My mind constantly chatters and the words seem to flow more clearly through my fingertips than my mouth. The few books I wrote for teachers were joyful to do because they helped me formulate better teaching procedures for myself. Then, there have been those countless articles I’ve written about parenting, creativity, gifted children, early childhood education, etc. Retiring from my consulting business, I felt all that writing was behind me. Therefore, when my son first suggested several years ago that I begin a blog, I just shook my head; yet, here I am writing a blog! Lately, I’m also truly enjoying writing very short articles for Magpie Gemstones (www.magpiegemstones.com).
Now, I’m trying something new. For a couple of months, friends who were unable to attend the little workshop I held on how to make a dimensional bracelet have asked me to write a tutorial for it. If you’re not in the jewelry making arena, you may not realize that tutorials are popular and contain both directions for making something but also provide a large number of pictures showing the process. After telling people that I “would not” write a tutorial because it would be too much like writing an educational handout or course syllabus, Sunday I wrote one! http://www.etsy.com/listing/64285495/dimensional-cuff-bracelet-tutorial
The tutorial is for the basic bracelet shown in the picture at the top. It features layers of wire on the top part allowing the designer to create depth with the gemstones. You can see it better in the following pictures of another dimensional bracelet made using the same process. Although I had typed the written instructions on Saturday, I worked on this tutorial all day Sunday in order to take and add the 40 or so photos. Who knew it would take so long?
My guest “editors” have read the tutorial and other than a couple of mess-ups, it seems to be ready for use. Perhaps someone will enjoy making it after the holidays when life slows a bit. I’m anxious to see what variations other designers develop for this basic process.
As for the writing . . . creating a tutorial was not nearly as interesting as the other types of writing I like to do. Will there be more? I don’t know as this depends upon the reception for this one. My questions is “does anyone else benefit from or enjoy the results of this type writing?” If so, perhaps there will be more tutorials from this pen.
The real learning I take from this is that I had better quit saying I’m NOT going to do something. Eating my words is not a pleasant meal; I’ve got more interesting things to do!