Monday, January 17, 2011

Misadventures in hand stamping #2

My most recent misadventure in hand stamping was oxidizing sterling silver stamped tags and pendants.  I quickly learned that while oxidized silver looks fabulous, it also highlights any "flaws".  I was upset that my creations weren't coming out perfectly.  In my frustration, I realized that I needed to look at this from a customer's perspective.  After all, I love wearing hand stamped jewelry and that's what inspired me start learning it myself.  One of the things I love the most is the uniqueness of every letter and symbol.  

So keeping this in mind I had to let go of the idea of making something perfect.  I eventually learned that what I was originally looking at as a flaw is actually the lovely uniqueness of hand stamping.  Now I choose to have fun and make beautiful things.  

This is one of the first pieces I oxidized.