Sometimes the most simple of things can end up being the most inspirational...
The job was to be a cinch, fabricating a component in silver that would cover up a hole in a pendant lamp ceiling mount. A designer friend of mine commissioned me to make this for a client’s home. She had found the perfect lamp, the perfect mounting disc and all it needed was the perfect finishing part to complete the look. House jewelry you might call it. So, I hit my beloved bench and off to work I went!
Being on somewhat of a hiatus, a very generous way of describing my lack of making jewelry these days, sometimes leaves me thinking that I might “lose my chops.” The more time that passes between doing the things I'm passionate about, the more insecurity rears its ugly head.
“Am I still capable of feeling that creative spark?”
"Do I even remember how to use this library of tools?"
These questions can spiral me into such a tizzy that sometimes it’s amazing that anything creative makes it past the drawing board (or in this case, bench). With nothing to lose and backed by the faith my dear friend had in me, I got cracking; it was to be a cinch after all and what I needed was just a little nudge.
I poured myself a bracing glass of Cava, (the sparkling Spanish wine Ken and I drink for almost any occasion because it goes so well with so much!) turned on my favorite light, pulled out my jewelers saw, my circular drafting template, a Sharpie, some 22 gauge sterling and began the task. Woo! This feels good I thought, as I lubricated my saw blade with some beeswax. Yup, a perfect circle. File that edge, sand it smooth, whip out some wire, and make a jump ring. Hammer, texture, and flatten. OK, time to solder and then patina. Before I knew it I was finished! The look, a perfect match for that ceiling mount.
The lesson here? I think all too often I shoot myself in the foot before I even head out the door. I know how to make things and in fact love the thought of working with my hands, but the more time passes between each project, the more I doubt my ability. With the help of a good friend, some spare time in my busy life, and a boost of self-confidence for even the most simple of tasks, I hit the ground running.
What should you be getting back to these days? I’ll be your “little nudge” if you'd like.