Six painful lessons all makers know

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I’ve made jewellery before, but I worked with beads and crystals. They are very different from working with laser cut, and personally, no where near as fun! I love the look of laser cut acrylics, and wood too! It is so funky!

But these are the 6 lessons I learned very quickly!

01. Laser cut wooden and acrylic cabs have splinters.
And these splinters are more like prickles. Near invisible, and almost impossible to remove. Yet they let you know they are there by their ever present throbbing. Use a tissue or soft cloth to gently rub down the sides before you run your fingers around the edges, it will pick up any shards left behind from the laser cutting process.

02. Opening and closing jump rings gives you blisters.
Blisters, blisters, and more blisters. Did you know it is possible to get a blister on the very tip of your finger? I didn’t. Really, I had no idea you could get that skin to blister?! Slow down, it isn’t a race, use correct tools, and give your hands a rest when they hurt.

03. Earring posts pierce delicate skin.
After accidentally ending up with an earring post embedded 5mm under my fingernail, I assured myself to never ever add backings while tired. Just don’t do it, really, I’m considering trying to pass a law to make it illegal. And yes, that post was thrown away, no one wants my girl cooties!

04. Don’t hold a backing card in your hand while you are stabbing needles into them to make holes.
As with putting backings on posts, don’t do this while tired either. Putting the card down on a sheet of thick cardboard is a much safer option before trying to piece holds into it!

05. Don’t be a maker if you value pretty fingernails.
They break, they scratch, they get things jabbed underneath them. I don’t know how creatives have pretty nails, but one thing is sure, clumsy clogs like me can not do it!

06. Every piece is your favorite!
Every. Single. One! They feel like babies! You lovingly created them, and now you want to see them every day, you want to be the one to wear them, to watch them glow. But you also feel a sense of pride and joy when they go off to live happily in new homes with other ear lobes that will love them.

The first week my hands were covered in band-aids, bruises, cuts, and blisters. I winced each time I flexed my fingers, and laughed when I looked at them. I’m a terrible klutz, but even for me this was a new low in clumsiness!

If you are a creator yourself, what would you add? I’d love to hear your stories.

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