Dropping the ball…

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.

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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.

Francesca Watson Designs

Lesley’s snowflake with vintage mother-of-pearl buttons and sable brown freshwater pearls.

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.

5 replies
  1. Linda Landig
    Linda Landig says:

    Awwww, don’t feel so bad. Its better to wait until you have the idea that really sparks for you. I’ve got focals that I’ve had for years and then all of a sudden I know just what to do with them. It’ll come.

  2. Lesley Watt
    Lesley Watt says:

    Francesca – please don’t beat yourself up about this…we’ve all been there and the harder you try the more frustrating it gets and I too have beads that have defeated but Linda’s right – one day you’ll look at it, a light bulb will come on and you’ll create something wonderful.

    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      Oh Lesley, thank you for being so gracious! I really do love your piece, and I just want to do something with it that will honor how wonderful it is. I appreciate you being so kind. 🙂

  3. Kristi
    Kristi says:

    I understand how you feel as do most of us. Í know it’s happened to me and probably everybody out there who creates. One day something will come to you and you’ll create a gorgeous piece I have no doubt!


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