Dec 042012
 

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places. Other art forms, nature, architecture, clothing, technology, and so much more.
                                  
As someone who reads a lot of home design and DIY blogs, I find more and more that the design projects I see immediately inspire jewelry designs. I save many of these posts for the intended project but I also save them as design inspiration.
                                  
Many of us seem to experience bouts of ‘design block’, I thought sharing a few of these projects might inspire you to begin seeing jewelry design ideas all around you.
                                  
First up is this fabulous drift wood orb.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
See tutorial here
                                  
It immediately got me thinking about snips of wire, layered and formed in various shapes and dimensions. Straight wires, bendy wires, even heat textured wires.
                                  
Another project that could translate into wire is this string art project –
Create a pattern with a jig, wrap the wire around, slide the form off the jig, maybe form it slightly in a dapping block or over a stake, maybe add some beady embellishments….
See the wall decor tutorial here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

I love this wall of frames and right away thought of how popular photo jewelry is……..

Either cut a frame from sheet metal OR, what about tiny frames for doll houses? Either way, very thin clear plastic and a photo sandwiched in between, or a frame with photo and clear resin…….how adorable would that be?
Original post here
                                                                                                                                        
This next one is just ONE of many projects using, can you tell what it is…?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
it’s plastic spoons! While we may not want to make jewelry from plastic spoons (and I do say MAY not….keep reading…) this project really spoke to me about repetition and pattern and thinking outside the box regarding materials and found objects.
Full details for the spoon mirror may be found here.
                            
These may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but today’s post is hopefully an inspiration to SEE things differently. To look at the things that come our way daily and think about materials, techniques, patterns, texture and give yourself permission to explore and play.
                                  
As an added bonus, back to the plastic spoons, here is a tutorial using plastic spoons to make a rose.

Find the tutorial here .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
and one that I have been experimenting with is fused plastic bags. I’ve made two pairs of earrings and a few bookmarks.
Check out the fused plastic bag jewelry made by Emily Grace Goodrich
                                                                                                      
I challenge you to use one of the projects shown here as a bouncing off point for a new design. If you create a piece based on one of these projects come back and leave a comment with link to a photo of your creation!
                                  
As always……………HAPPY CREATING !!

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 Posted by at 12:01 am

  5 Responses to “Advent Day 4 – Inspiration & a Challenge”

  1. On of my instructors did a whole line of jewelry by fusing plastic bags. They were really neat.

    • Awesome ! I’ve seen some really cool jewelry but last night was too tired to go searching the net for more examples. Maybe after the first of the year I’ll pull some together

  2. I love the spoon mirror, the colors and repetition. This is nice way to get inspiration, looking at art other than jewelry. I think that makes your work original, great for those days when you are creatively drained.

    • Hi Susan! Thanks for commenting – and I TOTALLY agree. I love looking at the things that I come across day to day and let that inform my design choices. I think that is one way artists can develop a unique voice in their work. :)

  3. I know what you mean about being tired, I’m so tired after having my two abdominal hernias repaired, it will be next year before I get anything made for Christmas. I had no idea it would hurt so bad or cause me to loose so much sleep. OUCH!! That spoon mirror is really unusual.