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!