I have been working on a large mid century nail sculpture since early April. I finally completed the work to customers satisfaction. This week was the time to build a shipping crate. I had everything measured and cut and it all looked well. I had 6 mounting blocks to secure the art in the crate. one for each mounting hook. It was when I was trying to screw the art into blocks I hit a snag. Apparently, I was not going to get a washer to hold down the hook. What was I to do? I surely was not inclined to open my wallet and buy a solution to my problem. I needed to use what I had on hand.
Big Ah Ha! Moment
Once the thought of using some kind of wire to secure it, I knew I was not far from a solution to ,my dilemma. That is precisely the moment I opened one of my storage bin drawers containing a couple hundred paper clips. I said YES! Already, I realized I can use TWO screws and TWO washers instead of one to secure each hook. Also, since they are steel wire they can bend to the contours of the surface for added support. Just to be safe I used two paper clips, one on top the other to distribute the load and keep the tension.
This is a demonstration of the problem solving skills developed in creative endeavors such as making sculpture. It is my belief we were all born to create and we can all grow from exercising this ability.