Once you've done taking your frustrations out on your wayward piece, have a good look at it. I have created some very interesting pieces this way...quite by accident. The pearl pendant pictured above is not one of these accidents. It is a piece that I sort of made up as I went. It just worked and I was thrilled with it. Things were great until I went to recreate it. That didn't go so well. I couldn't get that shape again, no matter what I tried. I ended up messing around with it for quite a long time until I finally got fed up with it and - you guessed it- I hit it with my hammer. My first reaction was "Oh crap...now what?" I was all set to toss it into my scrap bin when I took a good look at it. I had flattened the piece on one side and there were a couple of silver balls nearby...I started to play around with them and what began as pendant, quickly became a ring (see below). Instead of a pearl, I used a copper ball as my centre and silver surrounding it. I just worked with it and came up with a unique piece that I ended up being very pleased with!
Until next time, keep those hammers handy!