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Behind the Links: The Story of Look Again

Updated: May 6

One day, I was contemplating chains and how fascinating and intricate they are (Yes, sometimes as a jewelry designer you think of those things) Nowadays, we often take them for granted and buy machine-made versions, but these essential pieces of jewelry used to be meticulously crafted by hand. I can't imagine the hours of work required to create a spool of chain. As I pondered, the idea struck me: wouldn't it be cool to create chains by hand using even finer materials than the wire typically used? And thus, the idea came to me—I'll make a chain necklace using wire crochet!

I kicked off this project about three years back, all pumped up and ready to go. But then disaster struck—I ran out of golden wire. No biggie, I thought, I'll just order some more. Well, let me tell you, when that new wire arrived, it was a completely different shade. Like, imagine expecting 20k gold and getting something more like 10k.

So, feeling pretty frustrated, I put the whole thing on hold. But I couldn't shake the idea. I kept going back to it, staring at those half-done links, thinking, "There's something here." Fast forward to this year, and I'm determined to make it happen. I plonked the project down on my dining table, where I couldn't ignore it, and just let it marinate.

Then, out of the blue, my husband drops this gem: "Why not use a different color of wire?" Ding, ding, ding! That's it! Sometimes you get so fixated on one thing that you miss out on a whole world of possibilities.

So, armed with silver wire and a newfound sense of determination, I got to work. I crocheted on the sofa, on the subway, at friend gatherings—basically, anywhere I could sit down and get my crochet on. And you know what? Eventually, I finished it!

Now, you might be thinking, "Cool story Luisa, but why are you telling me this?" Well, here's the thing—the necklace is called Look Again for a reason. It's a reminder that sometimes we're just not ready to tackle a project or a dream. But that doesn't mean we should write it off completely. We can always come back to it when the time is right.

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