Coming Up With Designs

by Sandy
(California)

I have a stash of beads and wire. I want to design something with them but I'm not sure where to start. Should I first draw or story board what my vision is? how do I create a vision utilizing the beads I have? Where should I begin? Like interior design should I start with a focal point and then build from there?


Most of the instructions I've seen on websites don't really go into the basics except that you need to learn the basic skills: looping, wrapping, choosing the correct gauge wire and stuff like that.

Then I've searched for information on color and feel, which is how I found your website in the past. You have some great stuff.

But I'm stil sitting here, with all of my looping and wrapping skills in tact, the beads in disarray and wondering where to get inspiration which would work well with the beads I have.

There seems to be two trains of thought in the design business. One is that you have it or you don't. And you'll just know what to do with your designs. They come from the internal.

And then there is the school, that you need to take classes or learn as much as you can about the elements of art.

With the emphasis on mixed media now I would tend to think that one could just go with the flow and pick things they like and then put them together.

Help!

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Finding Your Creativity
by: Anonymous

I know how you feel! I have hundreds of photo ideas saved on my computer and I have poured over countless websites for inspiration. It seems like everyone else has the most creative ideas, and I want to find my niche as well. My advice for you is to take your beads, jewelry tools, supplies, etc, and spread them out on the floor of your den. Turn on your favorite movie and just start randomly putting different beads on your eyepin to make that first pair of earrings, not really trying to "design" a specific item. You will find yourself looking at your item thinking, "That doesn't look right. Let me try this stone instead of that color." and you will just find yourself going with the flow. I was in the same slump for a while, and when I finally did that and had the movie as a distraction, I made so many earrings I had blisters on my hands from the tools. I chose to take the pictures the next day, and I caught myself saying, "I made this?" The movie will distract you just enough to let your creative side take over while calming your critical side. Try it... it's worth a shot!

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Monitoring handle the world hand. NEW
by: Ardiansyah

allways conection.Thanks for the cooperation.

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I totally agree with Anonymous NEW
by: Anonymous

I also have a difficult time concetualizing a design. I let my focal piece determine the colors and feel of the piece. I am also inspired when I find a beautiful cab or cameo.

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by: Anonymous

I like to start with simple designs and add different colors, shapes or sizes to accentuate and change the initial concept.


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Coming up with designs NEW
by: Anonymous

I crochet necklaces and matching bracelets. I use a single crochet thread with small beads or combine two different threads together with large beads.

I created several patterns. I may use a cluster or triangular stitch between beads. I may use one size or small-medium-small-medium or small-medium-large-medium-small. I may use two or three different sized beads directly next to each other. I also loop 1 to 3 beads below the main row to create a zig zag or scalloped edge.

I use clear, acrylic faceted beads with imitation pearls and Tibetan silver found on Ebay, because they're just as beautiful yet no more than .01¢ apiece.

I have several collections that range from pastels, brights, shades of blue, pink and lilac, fuchsia and purples, black and white, Xmas and Valentine reds, etc.

A few simple patterns with a few different color schemes can create an endless inventory. Hope this gives you some ideas.

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Coming Up With Designs NEW
by: Anonymous

To begin, try sorting your beads by color and then again from light to dark.

I store my beads in ziploc bags and spread them out in Xmas boxes. This makes it easier to see them all at once and to compare shades that will go well together in a display.

I then store the Xmas boxes in a sturdy file box. This makes it easier to transport them around as well as store them away when they're not in use.

Periodically, I like to take a break from making jewelry. Every time I take my beads out, I have new ideas.

It just takes time to develop patterns and collections that sell. Keep track of what sells best in your computer.

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