I usually don't struggle with the creative process. I think this is because I buy pendants that inspire me, and that makes it easy for me to create with them. But recently, I REALLY struggled, first with a custom order I had, and then with another piece. The custom order was really tough for some reason. A dear friend gave me four lovely pendants she'd bought on a trip to New Zealand, and asked me to create long necklaces with them, on silver. I had free rein to design what I wanted, with the caveat that she didn't want anything that was "too much." No worries, I thought. Famous last words!
But then I started pulling beads out and setting them next to the pendants, and starting wire wrapping, and gently coaxed the designs out. The results are shown here, all four asymmetric! but my friend loved them all, she's already worn three of them. So I guess I did ok! But it bothers me as to why this was so tough. Because it was for someone else? It can't entirely be that, because all the pieces that go into my shop are in theory for someone else. The key thing there though is I don't specifically know WHO those pieces are for, where here I did. Was it because it was something I felt I HAD to do, rather than something I wanted to do? Yes, that's it too. That seems selfish somehow. Anyway, while I'm happy my friend liked the pieces, I don't think I'll intentionally take on any custom orders. This felt too stifling at first, and stressful. And that's NOT why I do this, at all.