Friday, March 21, 2014

Necklace Inspirations : Dressing Up with Chains

By on Friday, March 21, 2014 6 Comments

One aspect of designing anything is not just the skill but the time,effort and creativity it takes to come up with a design. So I thought it might be fun to share what my design processes were with this month's Prima Bead challenge. If you're like me, the first idea you have is rarely the one which results in the final design!

Along the way, there are some mini-experiments with all sorts of supplies.  The work table is awash with many bits and pieces!  This is what I call having fun!

There were some pendants in the supplies I received, so I chose 2 which I liked.  The first was this lovely copper disc pendant. The antique copper chain was too light to bear the weight of the pendant singly. So maybe triple them up with some wired in crystals? Nope - too boring.  Maybe add a black cord and a copper rolo chain and then whip them together with the light copper chain.  Didn't work.  2 black cords and try and wrap them together like thread wrapped jewelry? Couldn't fit through the bail! So finally I wrapped the chain around the double cord which dressed up the black element and tied it in more with the pendant.  I made the coil ends myself with 16G copper wire.

The other pendant which caught my eye was a brass bird and peace symbol pendant.  There was a fun lightweight large link chain with brass and gold tones from a while back which teamed up well with this pendant.

The first idea was to try and wire some beads but the big links made this difficult and the beads would not sit right.  Next I tried attaching beads on jump rings inside the links but this proved awkward. Finally, I just used large holed brass beads suspended on 18 G brass jump rings.  I could have added the brass beads all around the necklace but choose to stay focused in the front.

This is just another way to dress up necklaces.

I also keep a design book - just a dollar store notebook - where I jot down ideas as they come but don't yet have time to land them.

How do you go about designing?

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  1. even I keep changing my supplies and findings around till I like what I see, its very difficult for me to decide on a particular design and just stick to it

  2. Oh, this sounds so familiar, Pearl, I totally resemble those remarks. Love the pieces and what you did, especially the second one. Those small dangles on jump rings are unique and perfect.

  3. I see I am not the only one with too many ideas in the head! Many thanks for the kind comments Michelle!

  4. I enjoyed reading about your design process, Pearl and the finished pieces are just lovely!

    Kerrie :-)

  5. Thanks Kerrie! My mind does a lot of wandering around with each design.

  6. I love reading about your design process. I am the same way, I never end up with what I had planned in the beginning. I really like the first necklace. That is so something that I would wear.