I decided to be rational and sleep on it. Before my head hit the pillow, I came up with a different idea I was SURE would work. In the morning, I was hesitant to send Old Blue to the chop before I KNEW the new idea would work. I ventured into my frigid workshop to collect some beads to make a sample necklace ~ the necklace on the right. I was quite confident this was the way I wanted to go, but needed input before the chop. So I got my cell phone, snapped the photo below and sent it to Cynthia. She gave positive feedback about both. So I went for it...TO THE CHOP!
Using the above as my model, the below necklace came to be and did wind up possessing all the symbolism and emotions I was hoping for ~ waves, sound, water, sparkle, movement, peacefulness, and so on (as endless as the lapping waves themselves).
It is always hard giving a completed piece the chop. There is always the nagging thought of "SOMEONE will want it, even though I think it is ugly." But it is best to follow your gut when it comes to those pieces that just are not right. A few times I didn't follow my gut and let the less than inspiring pieces remain as they were. When I brought them to shows, I put price tags on them that said "Name a Price" My very first tila bracelet sold that way. The guy who bought it was giddy at the idea of it and looked at all my price tags to see if they all said that. He only found one other with such a price that day :-)
For the sample, I will be naming my own price for the tag. This is definitely one I kept whole because the sample turned out to be a keeper too.