by Linda Tenney.
(Palm Harbor, Florida USA)
As new jewelry designer, and a previous web and graphic designer, I am getting great enjoyment from transferring my knowledge of the “elements of design” from printed and online communications materials to 3-D “wearable art” projects.
One of the most pleasing elements for me to work with is Color! And making more bold color choices in my rather muted-palette jewelry designs is a stretch goal for me.
On my frequent trips to a local crafting retailer, I’d been seeing these neon-colored shell dagger strands and thought they would be fun to work with. So I picked up the neon orange strand first. Moving down the bead wall display, next I saw the lime green, and when I held it next to the orange, I got an instant buzz! When I got to the bright aqua blue and placed that with the first two strands, the 3-color combo packed a 1-2 punch!
From experience with my own creative process—whether it be with writing, logo design, collage, or jewelry design—when I come upon the perfect design, layout, or combination of elements, I get an “intuitive hit,” and I know this is the right approach to go with.
After stringing the daggers in graduated-size order, I played with the three strands, varying their stacked order and how much overlap to have. The resulting design is the one that “felt” the best!
At 11-plus ounces, I made sure the strands were well-supported by using heavy-duty beading wire and wire guards on all six connections to the large, hammered, silver-plated closed rings. I attached the rings to a heavy-duty, hammered, stainless steel chain and trigger clasp.
When it comes to color now, my motto is, “Go Bold or Go Home!”