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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....

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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!

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.

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!

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!

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