Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Serendipitous Online Meeting

earrings, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.

I went back to the drawing board with my earring design and let me tell you why.

I can’t take all the credit. I was responding to a healthy critique of my work by a new online friend. Here is the story of how we connected.

A few weeks ago I realized that I really do need to start signing my work. So I went onto Ebay and looked for some metal type. I found a lovely metal type alphabet, bid on it and wonder of wonders I won it. I usually do not win anything on Ebay. Someone always outbids me.

A few weeks after winning the type I was contacted on FB by the woman who sold me the type! Small online world that it is we friended one another.

The other day when I posted my new prototype earring design she commented on my blog. She said she really liked the beads but that the earrings didn't look quite finished to her. She hoped I wouldn't be offended. I assured her that I was absolutely not offended at all. I can use all the help I can get because to be honest, finishing jewelry is not my strength. I find it very frustrating to try and figure out the best way to connect things. I am always looking to cold connect. I hate soldering. Plus soldering is not even an option with polymer clay.

So for the past few days I have been ruminating over the best way to finish my beads in order to make them into durable, wearable earrings. First, I tried making headpins with the clay. I then inserted them into the tubes, only to have the clay pop off from the pressure of making the top loops. Back to the drawing board.

Then I had an epiphany. I created the loop first, inserted the headpin into the bead, then inserted the raw clay onto the bottom and through the silver wire. Then I re-baked the bead. That is the wonderful thing about polymer clay. It can be baked over and over.

I think the earrings look lovely, but I won’t know until I hear from Paula. So hey, Paula, how do these look? Better?

Thanks again for making me think harder about making my design work. It is very much appreciated.


Crazy Mama said...

i like your beads and the earrings you made with them. i made some headpins using clay and what i did was put a dab of bake and bond on the end of the wire and then stuck it in the clay and then baked the clay. just a suggestion...it seems to have worked well.

Mª Reyes said...

Te han quedado unos pendientes preciosos. Besos

Davinia said...

Love your earrings and the colours are fabulous. Glad you solved the head pin dilemma and shared your epiphany with us.

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thanks everyone!