Adapting Collage Techniques to Jewelry
by Terri Wlaschin.
(Key West, FL)
My style in creating beads and jewelry often involves looking to inspiration from other mediums. I am particularly drawn to collage, mixed media, and paper craft mediums as I find they have a lot to offer in terms of color patterning, lines and balance ideas, and bringing interesting things together in one piece.
So when the local art studio was offering a collage class I jumped on it. Lucky for me, it was a small class and the teacher spent a lot of time giving me one-on-one instruction specifically getting into the details on how to create lines to help someone travel through the collage, what to use to calm down or brighten an area etc. I feel she was the primary creator of my collage piece to be honest.
How I adapted the collage techniques to my poly clay beads and jewelry:
I rolled one sheet of white and one of black polymer clay, gathered the stamps, texture pads and the paints, and used my collage to guide me in thinking through a process. I used wire netting from the class in a couple places to calm down overly bright areas and dabs of Golden’s white fiber medium to brighten others. I used shapes to guide the viewer through the piece as best I could, trying to incorporate direction in the finished pieces.
I love and am happy with these pieces but they I still consider them a work in progress. As I am writing this, the thought that comes to me is I want to create more of a combo collage/assemblage piece, possibly with a lean towards contemporary edgy styling. I am more of a free form than a precision worker but I believe if I continue to practice, I will be able to produce better results.
Shanty Chic Beads