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Beading Creatively - Be Your Own Designer

Beading Creatively - Be Your Own Designer

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Beading Creatively - Be Your Own Designer 
You might think that creating your own unique jewelry is difficult. It's really not! Take alook at "what's in store". Get ideas from current trends and improve them. Don't justcopy; make any designs your own by adding individual creative touches. Also look back in time to the stunning designs and color combinations of ancient cultures. The Egyptian,Greek, Mayan, Indian, African and Chinese cultures all had great traditions of jewelrydesigns. Their designs were often very bold with wonderful use of color and form, think of Mayan design using turquoise and gold, or Chinese green jade. These classic looks areever popular.There are so many sources of inspiration, look at the fabulous jewelry ads in glossymagazines, or search the Internet. Also, look at your wardrobe and take your color ideasfrom your own clothes (or shoes and handbags). Relax, let your imagination flow and getinspired. You'll soon wonder why you ever doubted yourself!When planning a design there are some important aspects, which affect the overall designconcept, to consider -Desired Effect - dramatic, subtle, monochromatic, bold, glamorous, rustic or regal,natural or tribal, brilliance or shine, fun and colorful.Color Balance - predominately light, contrasting light and dark, predominately dark.Color Effect - contrasting, complimentary, harmonious, neutral. You may need to take alook at a color wheel to understand fully the affect of multiple colors. Never forget thatnature knows best, simply look at the myriad color combinations of plants, flowers and birds, and rainbows.Design - formal (with symmetry and balance), informal (more random bead placement),montage (variety of shapes and sizes).Materials - glass, crystal, metal, wood, acrylic or plastic.Texture - smooth, faceted, etched.Shape - consistently shaped beads, variety of shapes.Size - small, medium, large or combination of sizes.Surface Quality - reflective, faceted, transparent, opaque, pearl.Balancing Size and Weight: A suggestion is to use a larger, central feature bead at thefront as a focal point. Or as an alternative, create your own feature by using several beads placed together. Similar sized beads create fluidity and simplicity. The use of spacer  beads (these could be seed beads, bugle beads or metal beads) places emphasis on the
 
more individual "designer" beads, and may make the piece a whole lot less expensive(unless you use sterling silver beads). Create chunky more casual pieces using a lot of larger beads, or another look is to use only a few beads for a more delicate piece. Alwaysconsider the wearer's comfort when using heavy beads or beads with angled edges.A Guide to Jewelry Lengths:Below are the standard lengths for necklaces (and their customary names): - Dog Collar -14 inches (36 cm) Choker - 16 inches (41 cm) Collar - 16 inches (41 cm) Bib - 16 inches(41 cm) Princess - 18 inches (46 cm) Matinee - 24 inches (61 cm) Opera - 35 inches (89cm) Rope or Lariat - 44 inches (112 cm)Bracelets are usually about seven inches (18 cm) long, make sure you measure your ownwrist and add an inch and a quarter (2-3 cm) for comfort and ease in fastening on your own (you are able to do this with a toggle clasp).How Many Beads Will Be Needed For Your Piece? Individual beads are measured inmillimeters (in diameter) and usually sold by weight, strand or by the individual bead for more expensive ones.Below is a guide to calculate the approximate number of beads you will need for thestandard jewelry lengths. Always purchase extra beads. You will need the extras anywayto make coordinating earrings and bracelet, or other accessories like a key chain, handbagdangle or even a bookmark.Princess Length - 18 inches (46 cm) Bead Diameter 3 mm - 153 beads 4 mm - 115 beads5 mm - 92 beads 6 mm - 76 beads 8 mm - 57 beads 10 mm - 46 beads 12 mm - 38 beadsDog Collar Length - 14 inches (36 cm) Bead Diameter 3 mm - 120 beads 4 mm - 90 beads 5 mm - 72 beads 6 mm - 60 beads 8 mm - 45 beads 10 mm - 36 beads 12 mm - 30 beadsChoker, Collar or Bib Length - 16 inches (41 cm) Bead Diameter 3 mm - 136 beads 4mm - 102 beads 5 mm - 82 beads 6 mm - 68 beads 8 mm - 50 beads 10 mm - 41 beads 12mm - 34 beadsMatinee Length - 24 inches (61 cm) Bead Diameter 3 mm - 204 beads 4 mm - 153 beads5 mm - 122 beads 6 mm - 101 beads 8 mm - 77 beads 10 mm - 61 beads 12 mm - 51 beadsOpera Length - 35 inches (89 cm) Bead Diameter 3 mm - 296 beads 4 mm - 222 beads 5mm - 178 beads 6 mm - 148 beads 8 mm - 111 beads 10 mm - 89 beads 12 mm - 74 beads

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