Let me tell you... life has been a challenge lately. We developed a water leak under the house. Don't know how long it was there, but by the time we found it, we had a huge mess. Somehow- the phone line developed problems at the same time. Whether because of the swamp we had, I can't say for sure, but it sure is coincidental.
The phone has been real staticy and the dsl has been slow to intermittent. (Boy, you really take your connection for granted until it has problems.) Anyway, they came today to fix it, accomplished their task and I went to the zoo.
While I was gone, they came back and did something that reset my connection to a new and unsecured connection. I don't play unsecured, so I had to deal with them on the phone for over an hour.
Anyway- I thought I'd share that just in case any of you ever thought these things only happened to you. :) Oh- and to top off the day, we were drowned at the zoo by unpredicted rain. I was soaked for the whole visit. But, at least, it was below 90 something degrees F.
To the topic at hand: Designing for Men.
As you all know, a lot of my work tends to be simple and unisex. A man was visiting my site, my blog and my Etsy store and liked what he saw, so he asked me to do some work for him. This man, who prefers to be anonymous, is pretty well known for the work he does with cabochons. I'd love to say more because he is so interesting, but I won't. I will say, I'm really flattered. :)
Ever since we exchanged emails, my mind has been racing with ideas for manly designs. Believe it or not, I have never actually stopped to think hard about it. I have made pieces that tend to be more for a man, but I didn't start out by designing it for a man. So, what would constitute a masculine design? Clean, bold, heavy lines? Simple ornamentation? Western style? Durable? Large? All of the above?
I actually laid awake at night designing in my head. I came up with lots of ideas that seemed workable until I tried them in the morning. Finally, I struck on an idea that seemed doable. My first few tries were utter failures. Ready to give up on this idea, too, I gave it one last shot.
This is the first one I've finished. I can see a few changes to make in future pieces. But, I do like this for a man. It is sturdy without seeming too heavy or utilitarian. It has very little ornamentation and what there is is functional. I think it has a Western flavor- think bull. The bail is strong and not frilly, though it does have some texture and detail. It lets the stone show, which is most important and the stone is very secure.
What do you think, manly?