Do Overs. Don’t you wish you had the chance to do some things again because they didn’t turn out the way you wanted the first time? Or, maybe you thought of a better way to do something, but it was too late you you couldn’t get motivated to begin again. Do you give up or try again?
Contrary to popular belief, even talented people don’t usually nail a technique the first time they try it. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says you have to work at a technique for 10,000 hours to master it. I normally have to try something many times (except marriage thank the powers that be) before I get something that comes even close to what I had in mind. Sometimes I never do. Sometimes I take a detour, have a happy accident, and end up in a new place all together. Now that I think of it, that’s how I ended up getting married!
Do not be afraid of Do Overs! Do overs are a great way to learn. Do overs do not make you a failure. Here’s an example: Look at the Viking Knit necklace below. It’s a triple weave made from 24 gauge copper wire. I wanted to make a finding that would work as a focal piece and clasp. First, I made the one you see on the left. I liked it for about a minute, then it began to aggravate me. I thought the scale was right, but it was boring. It was difficult to open and close the necklace. The metal (14 gauge wire) was dinged and hammering it flat didn’t add anything to the design.
Compare the finding on the left with the one on the right.
I used the same gauge wire and the same length for the second finding. This time, I fabricated hooks with balled ends and loops. I suspended the hooks from the loops coming out of the end caps. This gave me the option of making a focal piece or clasp I could attach to the hooks, and it gave me the option of switching out the item if I wanted a new look.
The new focal piece/clasp is also a spiral, but I balled both ends this time. This was a design decision instead of the design indecision I made on the first piece where I cut the spiral ends, filed then and just left them. You need a hot torch to ball copper wire this thick, so I used my EZ Torch. Then I made copper jump rings and soldered them to the spiral. The necklace is now easy to take on and off and is more comfortable to wear because the hooks and jump rings make the assembly more flexible. I don’t like to know that I am wearing jewelry and I don’t want to spend a lot of time putting it on and taking it off. But I don’t want to lose it, either. The hooks and the weight of the necklace components work together to hold the necklace on securely.
Press here to see another piece I did over before I was happy with the results. And here are two metal lentil beads I made and wore suspended from chains. One day I decided to try them as pendants on bead strands. I think the whole look is more opulent. If you’re not happy with one of your projects, don’t be afraid to do it over!