One of the reasons I started writing this blog is to give you a little peek behind the curtains. And today I would like to share with you how my design process works – most often.
I love exploring a shape or concept and try to work it into all kinds of variations. The idea of developing an entire design line rather than creating unrelated pieces is growing on me. And over this past week I’ve been up to my eyeballs in copper washers.
I’ve owned them for almost a year, shuffling them from one place in my work studio to the next. They have stared me in the face from my work table for some time. Still – nothing, nada, zilch, nichts.
Sure, I fiddled around with them, but they just didn’t get my creative juices flowing until I got my little hole punch that I talked about here.
And since I had so much fun creating the necklace and earrings in that post:
I was just itching to do something else!
I glanced over at these super sparkly, but fairly chunky faceted crystal rondelle beads that I had bought on a whim, you might remember them from this post.
Didn’t have a clue what I wanted them to be, but then it clicked and here they are now:
I love, no, I mean L.O.V.E. the contrast between the brilliant beads and the hammered copper and its patina. Now it was on. Next I decided to see how this same basic concept would work with different size circles as well as a mix of metals and beads:
The colors of the beads remind me so much of the colors I saw on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where my husband’s family is from. Thistle and goldenrod – nobody does it better than Mother Nature!
I made one circle too many for this bracelet and I just can’t let anything like that go to waste, so I made these to go with the bracelet:
Which made me want to complete the ensemble with a necklace.
And that is how it usually happens for me. It’s pretty rare for me to sit down, sketch a design and then execute it. I tend to just listen to my inner artistic voice and flow with it.
I do, however, write down the materials and basic specifications so I have them available in case a piece sells and someone else wants one like it. I have long ago given up on the notion of being able to remember all of that!
Who am I kidding? There is no way most people could remember that kind of stuff, right?
Now I am off to my Etsy shop to list these beauties. If you hurry, they might still be there! And if you missed them, I’ll gladly whip something up for you! Who knows what I will come up with next!