February 5, 2010

Silver Chain Shortage Pushes Design Beyond the Limits

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Last spring I was working late into the night on a necklace design for a friend’s birthday that featured a double strand of delicate sterling silver chain and tiny 3 mm garnets. As I finished stringing the garnets and began adding the second strand of chain, I realized that I was short about 6 inches of chain! Of course, I had waited until the last minute, so the necklace had to be mailed the next day. What was I to do?

Scraps of chain connected with a wire-wrapped garnet enhance the overall necklace design

Scraps of chain connected with a wire-wrapped garnet enhance the overall necklace design


I dug through my chain scraps and found a few more small sections of chain. I wire wrapped the sections together to come up with the required 6 inches, and surprisingly, the necklace was more beautiful with the extra wire wrapped gemstones inserted into the chain! This experience came to mind because we were recently pushed beyond our comfort zone here in the office and as a result, discovered several innovative time-saving modifications to our standard business processes. My experience with the lack of chain had a similar result in my creative process in that it forced me to find another solution, which was ultimately an improvement over the original necklace design!

There is an endless well of creativity within every one of us. Sometimes it takes being pushed beyond our limits before we can be flexible enough to accept changes. Keep this in mind the next time you run out of your favorite gemstone, or cannot re-order that perfect earring top. Be open and you may discover an even better solution!