It’s nice to see you’re reading my Craftsman’s Diary and here’s a little story about my first custom order, the first time I used someone else’s idea and vision. I added some of my own ideas and “BOOM” it was done!
Ok ok.. the “BOOM” part wasn’t so easy at all.
Usually I just sit in my studio and wonder around hours and hours when I finally get an idea and start playing around with different shapes and styles. With this custom piece I had two details I already knew I had to use – oak & wolf. Oak leaf is actually a fantastic shape and it’s quite easy to transfer it to the ring model but the wolf part wasn’t easy at all. Basically my idea was to have the wolf in the middle and oak leaves on both sides.
And then came the wolf. That hairy bastard with the long ears and even longer nose that I had to add on the ring. My client wanted a ring that he can wear every day so it had to be comfortable. I decided to use a side view of the wolf but it took me to another obstacle. To be comfortable for everyday use the ring can’t be wide but if it’s not wide then the roundness of the ring totally messes up the wolfs face. I have always been a huge cameo fan it gave me a new idea. I researched different cameo techniques and finally found a solution to my problem.