Daily Color: “It's hard to live your life in color, and tell the truth in black and white.” –Gregg Allman

For a recent commission, a customer asked if I could downsize my Black Swan design from the usual 10-cm ball to approximately 5 cm.

This is tricky. I have developed designs that are well-suited to the 10-cm size, and it's the size that works best for my hands. I did make a larger ball once, but it made my hands ache to hold it while wrapping and stitching. And something about working the small balls makes it much easier to slip with the needle and jab my palm. Ouch!

Quite honestly, some designs just will not translate to such a small ball as this. In this case, I had to simplify the design quite a bit to fit the smaller canvas, but I added more silver bling to compensate. Additionally, despite the smaller size, there's almost as much time and effort required to make a complex design on a small ball as on a larger one, but most people understandably are reluctant to pay almost as much for a small ball as for the regular size. So, generally I only work very simple designs on the small balls. But this particular commission is a special case indeed! I will post more about it later this week.