The unexpected challenges I experienced in producing the Crosswords Puzzle Collection make them more beautiful to me than I ever imagined they would. I started them out by prepping the canvas cloth and then going over the cut out disks with a white paint. To create the lines I used a metal afro pick. I was then ready to fill in the squares - or so I thought. Armed with a set of nail art brushes, I was ready to go. To my disappointment not one of those little tiny brush heads was doing the job. At first I thought that I just need to give it time and II would do better with the brushes as I kept going, but it didn't get better. In my frustration I sat there and looked and looked and looked at this project called the Crosswords Puzzle Collection, and I kept thinking and thinking and thinking. Wow, me and my ideas; I surprise myself every time. Once I was satisfied with the fact that I had to find another way, I pulled out a pair of chopsticks and my pencil sharpener and made as fine of a point that I possibly could. That idea held out for a little while until I found myself having to continuously sharpen the chopstick. That didn't exactly catch me off guard as I already knew that wood expands when it gets moist. So there I was again, thinking, thinking, thinking, until finally, I pulled out my jewelry making tools and there was a nice long straight, fine, thin pick. This tool was perfect. It allowed me to be as precise as I possibly could, getting the black paint as close to the edge of the lines as possible without going over the line. Now remember, canvas material is far from smooth, so working with the canvas and painting with the pick had its challenges. One hasty move close to the line was the border between a mess and perfection.
The earrings from the Crosswords Puzzle Collection are hand painted on canvas material after which a high gloss lacquer coating is applied with a .935 Sterling Silver French Hook.
In the near future I look forward to adding other accessories to the Crosswords Puzzle Collection. It actually was my plan to put up some of the accessories that I did make but I changed my mind as I felt that there was room for perfecting the accessories that I designed.
I am proud of the Crosswords Puzzle Collection as the crossword puzzle has played its role as an American pass time which has a presence all around the world, with it being the most widespread word game in the world. Cheers to The Social Influence, The Experience.