Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Anatomy of a Design

Years back I took a bead stringing class in Santa Fe from Marla Gassner.  I remember she described a design technique she used called "puddling".  In creating a new design she would put together puddles of beads so she could decide which combinations worked best. 

When I create my jewelry, my bench usually ends up with multiple puddles on it.  When they all converge into one large puddle I know it's time to clean the bench. 

Recently I put together a necklace around a large lentil for my gallery show.  Here are some pictures of the puddles I made.



I put beads in and take them out until I have something I like.  Here is the finished necklace.
 


 
 
The cats were hard at work being puddles of fur...........
 
 
 
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are impressive articles. Keep up the sunny handiwork.

Joryel Vera said...

When something is created by yourself, it makes a special place in your heart. So is the case with jewelry, thus I mostly trying to create my jewelry by myself. Your stuff is really nice. I wish you have provided the method as well… hoping this in your next post.. thanks…

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Linda John said...

Great jewelry the designs look so vintage.

Thanks,
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Handmade Jewellery said...

Great craft you have there! Thanks to your bead stinging class and your fine skills , of course! :)