Failures happen quite often in different areas of our lives. However, you shouldn’t live in fear expecting them (a.k.a. “preparing” yourself) every given moment, otherwise they will start happening all the time! Our Universe is very kind and always gives us what we ask Her about. If we constantly ask for failures – well, here you are! Enjoy (if you can). Besides, every failure can be turned into a shining success. I will give you a little example.
As I was working on one of my design contest entries, I decided to do what I always do (when I am in the thinking being mode:)) – to make a test piece. Test pieces allow me to experiment on a small scale, without ruining at once a lot of expensive materials. So, I made this little dog tag in my faux enamel technique. To make them durable, I always cover them with resin. When trying to open the resin bottle, I noticed that it cured around the cap and isn’t that easy to open (I use photopolymer, a.k.a. UV resin).
Lesson to myself: do not store UV resin close to the working UV lamp – it will cure even in closed bottle 🙂 Of course I managed to open the bottle. Out came a huge bubble and resin spilled all over my little dog tag.
Another lesson to myself: do not open resin bottles right above your artwork! 🙂
So, seemingly, dog tag was ruined! Not so fast, my friends! I am not very prone to throw away artwork I have spent some time making :). So, I gathered resin all around the pendant, formed a nice dome, rounded up spilled portion and turned it into a functional element, as you can see from the pictures. I think Eva likes wearing it ;). As you can see, I turned what seemed to be a failure into a design element.
Shining Sun designs were inspired by beautiful Australian sunsets and guess what – the first person to buy one was from Australia! 🙂
I will give you another example. When I was a little girl, while walking with my friends, I stepped on a wrong stone and fell right into an old basement, house of which had been torn down long time ago. There was coiled barb wire in that basement. I fell right on this wire. My face, chest, hands, and legs turned into a bloody mess. I thought I was lucky to still have both of my eyes! 🙂 Even my friends cried seeing what happened to me. But guess what – in that basement I found a hidden treasure of wonderful old coins. Maybe I paid for it with blood and pain, but I do love hidden treasures!
Not every failure is what it seems. Look at it closely, add a few tweaks – and turn it into a great success!
Let me know about your little (and big) victories in the comments below.
Australian sunset image by Christopher Prins (http://www.socwall.com/desktop-wallpaper/17291/australian-sunsets-by-christopher-prins)