I know I’m only a beginner (started making about six months ago, so
I haven’t got loads of experience) but I know what you mean about not
having the heart to work on something that’s really ugly.
I offered to make a ring for my sister’s birthday so she requested a
ring made in sterling silver with an Indian moonstone. It was to
match a gorgeous silver and moonstone necklace her husband had
bought her for their 25th wedding anniversary. I duly bought a
gorgeous piece of pear-shaped moonstone - an elegant and slim stone
to match her tiny fingers and one with the most amazing blue shimmer.
I also bought a fatter pear-shaped piece from the same vendor, with a
pendant for myself in mind. She visited me one day so I could size
her finger and show her the stone. She saw my stone and fell in love
with it, as it matched the large moonstone in her necklace, having
the same sort of crazed look. She asked me if I could make it using
that. She then promptly showed me a website that she had bought
jewellery from, and some of the designs she likes. She said that she
like the pear shaped stone to “point” sideways!!! Not my personal
taste but it was her ring.
So I started working on this ring for her birthday. I fabricated the
ring from sterling sheet. It was extremely difficult to make a ring
with such a huge stone for someone with such tiny fingers (US size
5). I came to my bench every day and just couldn’t bear to get this
hideous thing out of the drawer to work on it. I put if off and put
it off and then one day mouthed a few expletives, melted it into a
ball of silver (deliberately) and decided that she would have the
one I bought specially for her and that it would be my design and not
hers. I sent it to her and she absolutely loves it and said that I
was right not to use the bigger stone! Incidentally her daughter
also loves it too and keeps running off with it, so I’ve just made
her a similar one for Christmas.
Ideas that come into your own head spur you on to complete them. I
think if someone else has a specific idea that isn’t to your taste,
it is very difficult to conjure up the enthusiasm to actually make