Friday, December 9, 2011
Designing a Bracelet
I breathed a sigh of relief this weekend, when I finally handed in all my final projects. I wrote about 80 pages of new creative material this semester. It's a nice feeling. Hopefully over the holidays I can get lots of jewellery done.
But here is my topic for the blog today - designing a bracelet. This bracelet, specifically:
Selecting the wire is important because it will determine what kind of links you will make, and what beads you will choose. I tend to pick wire first because its thickness, softness, and colour will influence what beads I will pick.
2) selecting the beads: material, colour, shape, shine, and translucency.
Now I have to pick beads to match the wire. Usually when I start designing something I think about its style. Do I want it to be elegant, or fun? Fancy, or simple? What outfits will the colours coordinate with?
As you can see above, I picked strong colours or textures: dark emerald green, pumpkin-coloured pearls, and a faceted glass bead that though white, is a very solid white. It's translucent enough to be very sparkly in the sunlight, but is not see-through enough to lose the whiteness. I picked it to balance out the strong colours. Sometimes you need one weaker, or more neutral colour, to bring all the other colours together.
The pearls looked nice in the pile but after I lined the beads up I ended up taking them out of the design. The copper wire was flashy enough without adding more orange. And I wanted the bracelet to be worn at all times of the year, not just fall.
3) putting the beads together
Cue the indie music and montage: