A Glimpse of How I Create My Designs!
One of the many things I love about what I do is that I get to inspire others to create as well. It's not often that artists share how they come up with their exclusive designs but I hope to give you a look into my brain......warning- this could get scary! Most of my designs come to me in a dream, yes I know this sounds weirdly prophetic, but it's true! I don't always sketch before I begin the actual creation process, many times I sketch as I go and the design just begins to appear!
So it usually begins with an idea and some simple sketches (very simple). Right now I'm working on a geometric design neck piece. I decide on varying sized triangles. This particular design I am dreaming up as I go....
Here you see the clay in the beginning of "bone building" I call it! These little slabs will be the back of my finished piece.
At this point I'm adding some long tube beads and I'm deciding to go with a soft color pallete and a pottery like finish- definitely need to add some earrings too!
A little closer view of the texturing on the back.
So here it's starting to look like a real necklace. Added some cool geometric earrings and proper measurements for my finished piece. Hmmmm.... still not sure about the clasp.
Here are the fired and bathed pieces- I decided to make some textured beads as well. I think I'm going to need them for the overall length. I went with a stone gray, a periwinkle blue, some soft peach and white. I hand blended to achieve my colors.
I thought a little carving on the tube beads would add some interest! Then I went over them with gilders paste to really showcase the texture.
Woohoo! Now we are getting somewhere! I gave these a pop of creamy white to showcase the textures. I also added some interest with little pearls on each bead- you can see the earrings now too!
So here is the finished set. Complete with silver spacer beads and the earrings are hung on sterling plated silver hoops! I went with a silver toggle clasp to complete it.
An up close of the little textured beads and the hand carved tube beads. Such a fun wearable art set. I hope you enjoyed watching me build the bones of my design! Perhaps it sparked a new passion in you!