Alain de Botton, a UK-based Swiss writer and philospher wrote: "For us to deem a work of architecture elegant, it is not enough that it look simple: we must feel that the simplicity it displays has been hard won...
It is my hope that this comes to mind when looking at my latest necklace, The Leaf.
Because some designs look really simple once they're finished, many think that it was easy. But the road leading to it was not necessarily simple or easy. This article is about the design process for this necklace. I took plenty of photos and made notes to write this post to show it to you. You will see that this design was not just made with Dimensional Peyote and Diamond Weave, but also with a looooot of frog stitch.
The IBA contest is theme-based, this year Art Deco - Clean Lines / Simple Sophistication. I immediately started dreaming of beading something with Trapezino shapes, because I had made a deco-ish pendant with it already, which I really love. So I beaded and beaded Trapezinos and when I had a good pile of them I started playing with them. I also bought special hexagonal findings, which I included and assembled but nothing worked the way I wanted. It became quite a quest. A lot of frogstitching later, I decided to draw various necklaces with a software because beading this much was asking my arms too much. See the sketches with some annotations below.
|I like to put jewelry around|
my neck when making it,
and ask hubby if he likes it.
Already with nothing added, it was beautiful. With beautiful focals or pendants I find it more challenging to add material. I really wanted the leaf to stand out, but of course needed to add some 'sophistication' to the 'simple'.
|Too crowded fringe....|
I thought of adding fringe, of course. Art Deco tassles are famous. But I was unhappy with the fringe - either it was too crowded with pearls, or not enough strands could be added (read: more frogstitching). A great tip from Diane Hyde is to print several copies of the photo of a necklace to see how it looks (photos reveal designing mistakes). I simply drew on the photos to see what I could add to the necklace. This is a
I decided to frame the leaf with a stylish, open lotus petal structure and to add fringe to the clasp.
|Left and right with different |
|Briolettes? - No,|
To see how a necklace drapes and how teardrops would look, and have a better sense of size, I like to work on a bust of my neck-size and use pins.
For a harmonious curve, the bottom 'leaf' became pretty long, and so I had to find something to fill that big empty space... I tried to add a variety of drops/briolettes but found them to take away interest from the leaf.
|What to add?|
|a V point? oh no, no, no...|
|Finding the right solution to|
finish a design as hoped
is a source of great joy.
And so voilà: the front was done.
|To create a beautiful fringe,|
a triangle with another leaf in
the negative space was added.
Then the clasp: a fringe hanging from a diamond was ok from an 'interspace' point of view, but the central diamond didn't offer many places to attach the strands.
I created an "obtuse isoceles", a triangle wider then high, also with a leaf design (trefoil) in the negative space. Each 'button' is attached to the two top points of the triangle.
I am very happy with this design. It is part of the nominees in the contest in company of very beautiful beadwork made by amazingly talented beaders: https://www.perlen-poesie.com/news/iba-2016-nominees.
I think that it looks great on me, but even more so on Fanny, who is a young nurse who works at the clinic where I have physiotherapy every week. Fanny accepted to model the necklace:
For the attribution of the public prize, you can vote for this necklace - and for other desighs - here: https://www.perlen-poesie.com/iba-2016/all-entries