I got to thinking about my hands when there the subject of clasps came up for the Boot Camp.
Because I really haven't made many of my own clasps or toggles my mind sort of wandered off as I sat out on the swinging chair on a gorgeous and warm Alaskan summer day.
I thought to myself that I really ought to thank my hands for all they have done and what they do for me every day. I massaged them and thanked them finger by finger, so grateful for what they've allowed me to manifest creatively.
They are rather pained these days so I think about them more.
This is one of the images that sprang to my mind when thinking about art jewelry and hands. I got it from the blog I have linked here so I hope you go have a visit and learn about the history of the Claddagh ring that the author Elizabeth Barrett has thoughtfully written up.
The image reminds me of the exercise that I was taught by my chiropractor to stretch my cramped hands. I can only show you half of the exercise since I can't take a picture of both of my own hands!
Brave woman of a certain age shows her hand on blog!
You press your hands in this position with thumb splayed as far as possible from the rest of your fingers, touching thumb and forefinger with the thumb and forefinger of the other hand ( like a mirror image) Press down on the surface while pressing the top halves of your forefingers and pads of the thumbs giving a good stretch and count to 30. It's recommended to do this exercise once in awhile before during or after doing fine motor work with your hands.
I am grateful that the hands that held the crayons that did this have carried me over 50 years to today.
My mind and hands didn't quite connect then, I had the hardest time doing hair.
This made a bit more sense, A fur ruff.
I must have had a premonition that I would end up in Alaska!