The Power of Imperfection

Circle gets the square ©2016 WTEK
Circle gets the square ©2016 WTEK

In school we’re taught geometry – circles, squares, triangles. They are precise, perfect, you can use math to make them (technically I guess you can use math to make any shape…) But they can be so sterile! (except triangles, they are so varied and pointy I can’t help but love them.) And it can be hard to create perfection. When something is so simple every imperfection shows.

Dolmen Pendant - definitely not regular ovals! ©2012 WTEK
Dolmen Pendant – definitely not regular ovals! ©2012 WTEK

Give me instead organic, slightly wonky forms. Rounded triangles, ovals, egg shapes, unidentifiable shapes. Keep it balanced, but teetering on the edge. While I may have had problems with somethings at the Olympics, I did

What if these had been precise triangles and rectangles? Boring! ©2016 WTEK
What if these had been precise triangles and rectangles? Boring! ©2016 WTEK

love Rio’s overlapping guitar pick shapes logo for the games. I even feel like they might have stolen it out of my head, it could easily have been a pendant design.

These kind of shapes have more of a connection to me, this earth, reality as we know it. Those perfect circles and squares are just ideals. Give them any time in the real world and they start to evole, erode, and generally fall apart. But I guess entropy is math too…

Going Gargantuan

Wooden links for a necklace idea ©2016 WTEK
Wooden links for a necklace idea ©2016 WTEK

I’ve been a little blocked recently when it comes to designing. I’ve been stuck on stupid little things that are holding up my process, worrying about details to distraction. So I figured that I need to start playing around a little in the studio to get my mojo back.

I decided to try and make a chain out of sticks instead of hammered wire.

Original idea for giant link necklace ©2016 WTEK
Original idea for giant link necklace ©2016 WTEK

Then I decided to go super huge and use the patterns I was working on in conjunction with my tall sculpture as GIANT CHAIN LINKS! Maybe I’ve been watching too many morning shows, but I’ve been noticing that oversized is in (at least in some circles) and thought “oversized is who I am as a jeweler!” I’m taking it to the nth level with these links. OK, maybe not outlandishly gigantic, but giantly wearable.

Now with a slightly smaller giant link to keep it interesting... ©2016 WTEK
Now with a slightly smaller giant link to keep it interesting… ©2016 WTEK

Now I just need to decide on the texture for these bad boys…

Trying out some textures for the links ©2016 WTEK
Trying out some textures for the links ©2016 WTEK

Updating Hammermarks’ Look

I mentioned a while ago that I’m redoing the old blog. Before I jump into changing the amount of tutorial action here, I’m starting with the look. While I can’t get it to match my website and still keep this blog address, I was thinking of updating the look to be closer to the new look there.

Here are two examples of what that might look like: (keep in mind that I will be able to customize certain aspects once I actually switch over to that theme)
This one:
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Or This One:
sketchexampleThere is also a dark horse i n the running. It totally doesn’t match my website and it isn’t cleaner than what I have now, but I think it works with the aesthetic of my work. What do you think:

elegantgrungeexampleGive your opinions in the comments. You are the people who choose to look at it, so let me know your preference!