Tale of Two Earrings

“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”
― Rita Mae BrownAlma Mater


I’ve written before about the wonder of mistakes, but this  is an excellent lesson is using mistakes to your benefit.  Mistakes challenge you to think differently, and come up with new and original ideas.  In my case, I had planned to make a pair of earrings.  I textured a piece of copper, and cut out two earring sized circles.  I cut out a second off center circle in each earring.  Unfortunately, as I was drilling a hole for the earwire, one earring cracked.  No problem, I just carved out a few more matching cracks in each earring, and continued on.

Then…. Just as I was placing these still matching earrings in the kiln, one of them cracked on it’s thinner side.  I patched it together, but after firing it was still cracked.  The two matching earrings then became potential unmatching pendants.  Here are pics of the final products — very different from my original plan, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Please sent me some pics of your favorite mistakes!

This intact remaining earring because a lovely charm holder pendant.

This intact remaining earring became a lovely charm holder pendant.
I removed more of the copper around the crack, and hung a tiny silver charm from this pendant.
I removed more of the copper around the crack, and hung a tiny silver charm.

12 thoughts on “Tale of Two Earrings

  1. As a ceramic artist, I have done something similar a couple of times to rescue bowls with injured rims. Sometimes when trimming a bowl, it can come loose from the wheel and be thrown across the room, and this tends to damage the rim. But if the damage isn’t too bad, I can just carve the rim in other places to make a pattern or organic looking design. I end up with something quite different from my usual efforts, but mistakes don’t always have to be failures!

    I really like both pendants! The organic texture and irregular shape of the outer edge combined with the circular shape of the inside edge makes them just right for what you added to them. It looks like there is something missing inside them – like you took just the flames from the outside of a sun, or the tail from around a comet. The dangling parts fit into that space in a different way on each to make it complete. (Also I’m a sucker for copper – it’s so warm and lovely!)

    (By the way, I came here from LinkedIn. Thanks for sharing!)

  2. When something insists going worng probably is because there is a better way to do it. It’s good that you folow the instructions.

  3. I actually like the second necklace better than the first so I would think this mistake turned out to be not a failure, but a new design. I recently made a Christmas dress that turned out “way different” than intended. I then turned the seemingly disaster into a bright hula dress and blogged about it–SewMeHawaiiwordpress.com. I came over here from LinkedIn as well.

  4. I just reblogged this article on SewMeHawaii.wordpress.com. My comment was it’s nice to know that good things come from bad beginnings. I had just had the same experience.

  5. i often try to miss-match designs — it’s all balance, value & more — it’s challenging too — great job in saving a project — keep rethinking the look

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