I don’t seem to have been able to get my teeth into much new lately, all of my orders have been for re-makes of existing designs. Absolutely nothing wrong with that whatsoever, but you do get the creative itch to be doing something for the first time and my head is always bursting with ideas wanting to take form.
A young couple who have been my son’s closest friends, for what must be something like 10 years, asked me to make a necklace for his Mum (and she’s my friend too) for her birthday this week and wanted something in ‘earth tones’ for her. I showed them some designs and we honed it down to close to what they had in mind.
But we were a bit up against it time-wise, so I suggested that I should make a few new pieces that fit their brief, from which they could choose the one they like best and the rest would simply be new stock for my shops.
I’ve found that it’s often quicker to work that way than try and thrash out all of the details before picking up the tools – just depending on the nature of the piece they want and how fixed the customer is in their ideas – and how many ideas I have!
Once I got into the zone for the colours and style they wanted, the ideas quickly flowed and I ended up with the 4 designs shown here for them to consider, which thankfully they liked well enough that they were stuck to decide and did indeed go for the one I had placed my little personal wager on.
They thankfully stated their preference a couple of days before they came to collect it, which gave me the opportunity to make a matching pair of earrings as my gift for her too.
Talking of jewellery gifts reminds me to include a bracelet that I made for a Christmas gift – it was a variation of one of my standard and regular selling designs; a solid copper double wrapped link antiqued bracelet – which I normally close with a large hook clasp. In this case, I felt the recipient might struggle to fasten the clasp on her own, so opted for a toggle clasp instead.
There’s clearly more time and work in making the toggle, which would certainly increase the price, but I think I might add this variation to my shop too. In fact, when I am more flush and can justify using the materials for myself, I’d like one like this in Sterling silver, I think it would make a good everyday ‘go with anything’ bracelet that would be easy to wear.