I let the bottom of this cross get too cool while I was working and it cracked while I was adding the side arms. Any other time I would have tossed it into the mug of water sitting on my table, but I couldn't bring myself to do it with this one so I took it back to molten hot and decided that worst case scenario if it stuck to the mandrel I would have a nice plant stake. It survived and came off the mandrel, albeit with a smooth chunk out of the bottom where the cracked piece flew off in the flame.
The lampwork bead that hangs from the side is short 1 surface dot...the likely casualty of thoughts that wander.
The hand is one of those unfortunate to be expected losses in a wholesale bulk order~ passable, but not quite right.
The Swarovski dangles at the bottom were from earrings I made back in '05 that didn't sell so I dismantled them and for some reason kept the crystals wired.
That leaf is chipped on both sides of the hole.
The sterling Freedom ring was a gift from a dear friend many years ago. I was never inspired to use it until now, and it's meaning is much different than I think she ever would have imagined.
This one is for me. The me I was, the me I am, the me I have yet to become.
Thanks for the ride, God.
It's just my size.