April 28, 2009

A Thought on Designing

I've been working on new jewelry designs for a 10 page feature in a magazine this fall, I'm beyond excited and so thankful! And I've been putting together a few entries for this year's Bead Star contest. What I've come to realize in designing jewelry is that half of my time is spent taking things apart, reconfiguring, re-aligning, adjusting, playing with gravity, etc. I have a little basket of rejects on my table that are waiting to be torn apart because they didn't make the cut. Good design involves editing. Taking pieces out, adding elements to make a piece of jewelry lay better or highlight an unexpected element. I just thought I'd let you know that the beads don't always behave for me and to encourage you to keep working through a design if it didn't turn out like you had quite pictured.

The deadline for Bead Star is May 1st. It costs nothing to enter, all you need is a camera and a little courage! I hope to see some of your entries make it into the voting round.

The earrings above are a project in the book Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!

9 comments:

sharon said...

Heather, usually each oiece I make involves everthing you have said here. My sentiments exactly!!

sharon said...

BTW, really cool earrings!

Bead-Mused said...

Gorgeous photo. I love those colors.

And unbeading is very unpopular over here, but it is a necessary evil for designing. Good post!
Theresa

Fab Fibers said...

I try not to get frustrated...but I hardly ever have a piece work out totally right the first time.
Good luck Heather with the Bead Star contest...and I like those earrings too!

Judy said...

...and I thought I was the only one who fiddled and took things apart ten times to get it just right. Sometimes I think an engineering degree would help.

Gardanne said...

What a relief, I am not the only one. I am so fussy with my jewelry, I make prototypes and wear them so I know they will be comfortable.

Jean Hutter said...

Good to know that the beads just do not fall into place like magic for everyone else but me. I thought I was the only one that un-beaded more than beaded (like last night)!! Thanks Heather.

Gaea said...

Pretty! Great inspiration!

hint said...

so inspiring to bond over the tearing apart process...sometimes sad and often times liberating :) Love the earrings!