Tale of Two Earrings
December 26, 2012 by barkingdoggallery
I’ve written before about the wonder of mistakes, but this is an excellent lesson is using mistakes to your benefit. Mistakes challenge you to think differently, and come up with new and original ideas. In my case, I had planned to make a pair of earrings. I textured a piece of copper, and cut out two earring sized circles. I cut out a second off center circle in each earring. Unfortunately, as I was drilling a hole for the earwire, one earring cracked. No problem, I just carved out a few more matching cracks in each earring, and continued on.
Then…. Just as I was placing these still matching earrings in the kiln, one of them cracked on it’s thinner side. I patched it together, but after firing it was still cracked. The two matching earrings then became potential unmatching pendants. Here are pics of the final products — very different from my original plan, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Please sent me some pics of your favorite mistakes!
- This intact remaining earring became a lovely charm holder pendant.
I removed more of the copper around the crack, and hung a tiny silver charm.