As I’ve written here before, I am very fortunate to be part of a talented group of creative people who blog together over at Art Jewelry Elements. I’m very, very new to the group, and for the first time, I committed to participating in the Component of the Month. It was hosted this time around by the very talented Lesley Watt, who created these gorgeous components for us to work with.
I love the color of the bronze, and the designs are so pretty! The reveal was on Friday, and my teammates did an absolutely amazing job of coming up with unique and beautiful designs that made the most of Lesley’s medallion. But as of last night, this is what my piece looks like.
Yeah. Not my finest moment.
I tried five or six different ideas over the last few weeks, and just couldn’t come up with anything that I felt good about. And more than anything I didn’t want to put something out there just to put something out there. I wanted to come up with something that would do Lesley’s piece justice.
But the truth is that the more I tried, the less creative I felt about it. I thought about just prong setting it but I prong set everything, it seems, and I was dying to try something new. I love the heft and weight of the medallion, and nothing I tried seemed sufficiently substantial. I also love the contrast of the warm bronzey-gold tone with the chill and cold evoked by the snowflake texture, but I couldn’t come up with anything that played off that contrast. And so I worked myself around in circles until 2:00 Thursday night/Friday morning – and then I gave up. For now.
So my teammates did a spectacular job and I dropped the ball. Sorry, friends! And sorry, Lesley! I’ll keep trying, and post what I come up with when I get it to a point where I’m happy with it.