Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Designing Necklaces - Learning as I go

I recently started creating some necklaces with my wooden components. I've had some pretty good success with all my other jewelry items that I wanted to try something larger scale and play with new designs. I've found out that my designing is a work in process...lol!

Here is the first design I tried. I liked how it looked all laid out on the table, but it didn't wear quite right. The pieces didn't hang like I'd expected and it looked all jumbled at times. I think one of my biggest obstacles is that the wood is so light.

So I decided to start with a more simple design and see if I could work from there. So I removed all the smaller pieces and added one more larger piece and left them in one single strand. It's a much simpler design, but I'm much happier with how it wears and hangs.

As most of my readers know, I love the chevron trend, so I decided to make a chevron necklace next. This one turned out pretty well, but I didn't like how wide the pieces were. I think this is more of a personal preference than a design flaw, so I made a second one with narrower pieces.

I really love how this one turned out. I much prefer the narrower pieces and think the whole piece hangs well and wears well. I even added this one to my shop already and have gotten quite a few views and favorites! I'll be adding the wider one as well. Even though I prefer the narrower one, I think people will love them both :)

 I have a few more designs in mind that I'm working on. I like to take a few days to put them together and see how they look when I come back to them. Then wear them for a while and see how they look when they hang. I've been having fun coming up with new designs!

23 comments:

Natasha Hoover said...

I'm one of those chevron necklace favorite-ers! I love it. It was cool to see your design process. Sometimes things just don't work out as planned, and that's okay. I tried explaining that in an email to my man the other day. I told him I'd made lots of stuff that day and a lot of it wasn't quite right, but I'd learned along the way and I was fain with my mini-failures.

Duni said...

I like how you show the process of your new necklace designs. The circle necklace shown in the second picture turned out great!

Jaime Barks said...

Love the small chevron! I also love that you shared the process!

Much love!
Jaime barks
www.barksblog.com

AntiquityTravelers said...

So fun to see how you create! love your new components!

Trina (Trina's Clay Creations) said...

Nice to see your design process, the second circle necklace turned out great and goes so well with the earrings. I especially love the Chevron necklaces.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Any new design is a trial and error process! I'm with you, I really like the smaller chevron style, but there's definitely a place for the larger one too, depending on your neckline! It's smart of you to offer both!

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Look at you, you're a machine! I agree, the smaller chevron pieces are more balanced. Do you offer your chains in various lengths? I think that's a good option for something with a longer focal piece like this.

Marieken Hoefnagel said...

I like the small chevron one. Will there be a zebra-version of that one? I think that might turn out awesome.

BeadedTail said...

Those turned out great Edi! Your shop is going to be filled with so many varieties of goodies!

pasqueflower said...

Wow! What a creative surge! Love the necklaces -- especially the chevrons.

Memories for Life said...

That's a great idea Marieken...I never though to add a pattern/design to the chevrons!

Kat BM said...

for that first necklace, you might try wire wrapping the circles together instead of chain. It will make the piece more rigid but then it should lay correctly.

artisanallunwound said...

I too like the smaller chevron necklace! Thanks for sharing your design process with us, very interesting.

2justByou said...

Yes, I'm a fan of the simpler circle design. It looks fabulous! And the chevron design is awesome (of course). It would also be great if you did a large diamond (to match the ring you made) and offer as a set, maybe. =0)
~Kim

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

Very cool how you shared your design process and I LOVE the chevron piece!

Susana Ferrand said...

Great work, I love the chevron piece too :)

Rose said...

I love both the simple circles and the chevrons! The chevrons are especially striking and are a perfect addition to your shop, as that pattern is so trendy right now. I look forward to seeing more jewelry designs.

Additionsstyle said...

Your necklaces are great! I love the chevron pieces especially the wider style. I think some choker styles and some longer necklaces would be great with the wood elements. Have fun creating.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

storybeader said...

the chevron is my favorite too. And I like the wide pieces. Yes, you've got to put it in the shop! {:-D

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Now see, I'm a fan of the more chunky pieces of jewelry so I prefer that first necklace over the second, but you're definitely right; it's personal preference ^.^

Regardless, I LOVE the look your wooden jewelry has!

I say keep going with your designing process :)

Miss Val's Creations said...

These are very cool! I love the chevron one too. The great things about wood being so light is it is comfortable for the wearer.

Splendid Little Stars said...

cool designs! I do like the first necklace. It looks great in the photo. I like the lighter chevron necklace better. These should do quite well!

LimeRiot said...

These are beautiful! I love the geometric designs. I know they'll be a hit.

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