I love that word, wonky. It just says it all when it comes to so much of the stuff I try to do in my workshop.
So many of us are self-trained artisans. We buy books, videos, we look at as much stuff online as we can. Some of us are really great with tools; not only do we somehow have the creative skills and ingenuity to dream a new work but we have that manual dexterity thing going on and a certain special something when it comes to be able to use tools. Using tools for some of us is really natural. For others, not so much.
I would have to say that I am in the 'not so much' category. I'm a very visual person; photos work for me best of all. I might even stand directly next to you at the workbench and you might be showing me, step by step, inch by inch....and I may not still quite get it. So I'll walk away, think about it, and one day, pick that dang tool up and insist that it work for me. It will....after a fashion. Some, in time, become second nature. Others....don't.
This morning I was looking back over Candie Cooper's METALWORKING 101 FOR BEADERS, a book I very much enjoy. There is nothing *difficult* in this book; it's just stuff you need to take some time and teach yourself. A class would be nice and Candie does teach---but she has done an awesome job with her book and reaches out to the home student quite nicely.
On page 114 there is a project entitled ORGANIC TECHNO BANGLE. I found this intriguing as the little stacks of funky gypsy-artisan made bangles are all the rage now and many artist-teachers have been showing projects and offering classes. I thought, shoot, how long can this take? I'm going down to the workshop and do this, right away. I figured I'd be done in half an hour.
Here's the thing: the project calls for 12 ga silver wire. I only had some 16 and not that much, also not sure I wanted to do a project like this with my last piece. But I did have a copious amount of 18 ga copper wire.
Knowing the effect would not be quite the same, I went for it anyway.
You know what: my project came out NOTHING like Candie's. And it's wonky.
I fudged around this and faked around that, used some polymer clay beads I'd made and glazed recently, and did it all in copper. I also used some of those squiggly things I made in the video the other week:
Basically in the long run, I had a look at Candie's excellent project and pulled a wonky B'sue:
Let's try that again:
It's far from the original, far from perfect in any sense of the word. And it's totally working for me.
I like wonky.