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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fixing Design Errors

I had an idea for a necklace that would incorporate several jewelry design techniques: bead weaving, pearl knotting, wire-working, and chain maille. I made the body of this piece using a modified herringbone stitch, with 4 mm cubes, farfaille seed beads, and shocking pink 10 lb test fire line. The mono-chromatic design was to continue with two strands of knotted pearls and crystals, and then terminate with chain maille and a hand-made clasp. For the pendant, I use a simple chain maille weave and handmade14kt gold-filled jump rings to create a short chain. To this I added wire-wrapped crystals and pearls.



Once all the components were completed, I assembled the necklace, put it on, and realized the knotted strands and chain maille sections were much too long. So, what do you do when you have a situation like this?



I removed the knotted pearl and crystal section, reattached the chain maille, and voila! I had the necklace the length I wanted, and it hung perfectly.
Designer Jewelry-Chain Maille Necklace with pearls and sapphires
Here's a closeup of the first pendant made for the above necklace:
Designer Jewelry-Chain Maille Necklace with pearls and sapphires
The next decision was what to do with the pearl strands.



I connected those to a store-bought clasp and created another pendant, somewhat similar to the first one, but shorter, with much fewer crystals and gold dangles added to make a different design. I don’t usually make short necklaces, but I was not going to cut apart the knotted strands and start over. The strands were just long enough, and now I have two pieces designed.

Designer Jewelry-Chain Maille Necklace with pearls and sapphires


This second shorter necklace designed, I call, “To Err Is Human”.

2 comments:

Flight Fancy said...

Both turned out beautifully! Don't consider it a design accident, but a design process :)

LadyAydil said...

Yes i can relate you got a design in you're mind, and end up with something different. It's a process compltely agree with Flight Fancy.

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