As you might know I love to take a photo or two for social media. So of course at the end of each of my silversmithing workshops where we make stacking rings I ask if I can take pictures of people wearing their gorgeous new rings. The response? ‘But my hands look so old…’ ‘Oh, I have massive knuckles…’ ‘My fingernails are awful…’ ‘Look at all the wrinkles…’. ‘They are too fat…’ ; ‘They are too thin..’
Fortunately the near-universal hand-dissatisifaction was not enough to prevent allowing me to take photos of these universally beautiful hands (see below) and thank goodness for that! I think of all the things my hands and yours have been through and done for us - writing, washing up, holding other hands, making things, washing, placed on hips for powerful moments, holding gods on them during yoga, stroking pets, tickling babies, knitting, cooking, drinking from streams, picking noses (thanks for your contribution to hand uses Grace!) and of course creating beautiful jewellery! I hope you will take a moment to give your hands a break, celebrate and thank them, and perhaps even give them the treat of a beautiful set of new rings made especially for them!!
Here they are - some beautiful too old, too wrinkled, too narrow, too fat, large-knuckled, terrible-nailed, and completely and utterly wonderful hands from my workshop ladies! and look at what they made too!! If you would like to join in the fun (and cure your hand-dysmorphia) visit the workshops page here. You can also read my blog about the workshops here.
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