Creative Block Part Two

Creative Block Part Two


Creative Block Resolution

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

As mentioned in my previous creative block post, I have difficulty with certain geometric shapes. Somehow, my brain is wired to work with amorphous forms – their organic, non-linear boundaries pique my imagination and are pure poetry to my eye.

However, I was faced with creating two custom pendants from the most dreaded oval shaped cabochons. Don't get me wrong - the stones are delicious, rare Willow Creek and Bigg's Jaspers - but their form was repellent.  Thus, I began my arduous design journey. Added to the stress of thinking outside the ovals was the fact that my customer's husband is a goldsmith.

First of all, I made a color photocopy of each stone. This allows me to design around the colored copy with pencil until I reach a point that the design is acceptable. Secondly, the construction of various embellishment pieces was accomplished, as well as forming all bezels that encase each stone. There was a moderate amount of fussing around to get the pieces to fit. The fussing around included sawing, filing, and sanding these tiny metal embellishments. Thirdly, I lit the torch and performed numerous rounds of soldering. Lastly, I “finished” the pieces. Finishing includes patina, more filing and polishing, and setting of the stones.

The finished pieces are not symmetric despite the central cabochons being oval. The regular shape of the cabochon is accented by slight asymmetry in the final designs . I am pleased with the final product and they are in route to their owner.

"Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.”
― Thomas Carlyle



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Creative Habits Artisan Jewelry Has Creative Block

creative block

 Creative Block

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
― Gustave Flaubert

I have a creative block. The muse has gone on vacation. Flaubert’s words can be applied to the creation of artisan jewelry just as well as to the musical arts. There are days when the creative block swallows me whole and impedes all work. Today was one of those days. I am fortunate to have two commissions from an individual, but am engulfed with frustration. Designing is the most difficult process in creating artisan jewelry (or anything as far as I am concerned) and can either flow with ease, or, become a living nightmare of disconnected thoughts and unfocused lines on a page. Designing is a force which fervently demands attention.

Ovals are my enemy. These two fine cabochons are Willow Creek and Biggs jaspers, and they are oval. My mind prefers working in the organic realm - freeform stones with undulating borders that allow for expanded asymmetry. Maybe that’s a sign of an unbalanced mind. Not really, asymmetry with balance is the utmost delicious luxury and I relish it. The challenge, therefore, is to “work outside the oval,” eventually arriving at a pleasant and unique perspective and a final design by playing with color, texture, adding, subtracting, drawing, erasing until the pattern clicks into finality.

So, here I am, uncomfortable, wrestling, like Sisyphus pushing the rock uphill, to capture the elusive vision hiding and lurking just out of my reach.

In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince: “A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” I will post my progress…


Jahari – Azurite, Onyx, Emerald Artisan Pendant

Jahari Artisan Pendant

Jahari Artisan Pendant

Jahari Artisan Pendant

To date, one of the most complicated pieces that I have created. Jahari is an African name, generally used for a male, signifying a youthful, energetic and commanding personality. The focal of the Jarahi artisan pendant is a lovely azurite and malchite cabochon, most likely mined in the Southwest United States. Jahari artisan pendant sports a contrast with jet black onyx and sparkling emerald. Layers of etched sterling silver and wire-woven details complete this unique artisan pendant, which is suspended from a 30 inch sterling silver snake chain with a hand-forged clasp.

Jarahi Artisan Earrings

The earrings are also azurite and malachite. These matched cabochons came from the Morenci mine, located in Greenlee County, Arizona. The Morenci mine is the largest copper mining facility in North America, and azurite, malacite, and turquoise are by-products of such major mining activity. Azurite and malachite from the Morenci mine is highly prized.

Azurite-Malachite Information

The combination of azurite and malachite is rare; forming in environments where the alternating conditions for creating azurite and malachite exist. Historically, azurite has been used as a pigment in ancient Egypt and medieval Europe, where it was mixed with egg yolk to form a tempera paint used in murals and other artistic works.



Happy 2017! I Now Have a Store!

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