The great thing about having your own jewelry business is that whenever the creative urge strikes, you can follow through and make it. Sometimes the crazy creations you see in your head look amazing in real life. And sometimes they just don't work out the way you imagined them. A while back, I had an urge to make a crazy pair of earrings that had a lot of moving components and I little bit of an industrial edge. So I got to work hammering a couple dozen silver circles into domed, pod-like shapes, drilling a center whole in each one, and then slowly adding them to an earring framework. The earrings would only work if each pod stacked against the next "just so". At the same time, I needed them to make sure that the earrings weren't to heavy or bulky.
After a lot of work, my "pod" earrings were done. I brought them to my booth at the Frenchmen Art Market, and it didn't take long before they sold. Under normal circumstances, these "one off" earrings would never be made again. Often times, I'm amazed how quickly I forget about my one-off pieces, even the ones that took hours upon hours to create. I rarely photograph or document my one-off designs, so usually when they sell, that's the last I ever think of them. In this instance though, I was surprised when, months later, I got an email from a fan who'd seen and fallen in love with the pod earrings, but they'd sold before she'd had a chance to snap them up. She wanted me to re-create them for her. And -- thank god -- she'd snapped a picture of the originals at my booth before they'd sold. (Some artists don't like to have shoppers taking pictures of their designs. For me, it's not a problem and actually something I encourage customers to do). Using the photo she sent me, I was able to make her her very own version of the pod earrings. Yay! It turned out to be a win-win: She now has the earrings she coveted, and I actually have photo documentation of these awesome earrings in case i want to make them again in the future!