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