Last week I shared an art journal prompt and my page from it. The prompt was to choose a quote and make an art journal page from it.
I used that art journal page as inspiration to make a necklace.
In Inspired eCourse we dig deeply into how to pull inspiration out of your art journal pages and use that inspiration for jewelry making.
This necklace didn’t turn out at all how I was planning to begin with, but I do love it just the same.
Originally I was envisioning the beads all cascading down from a central floral piece that would be the center piece of the necklace. I didn’t have a floral piece for the center. I thought I did, but I didn’t. I had used it on another piece of jewelry and forgot. I tried some other options, but none of them really worked out.
Then I considered what I most wanted in this necklace and what I loved the most were the gemstone beads. I loved the irregularity of them and I loved the colors.
So I chose to do a simpler concept. Simple almost always works out better in the long run.
I got the original idea of the beads cascading down from the art journal page where the flowers are growing up the left side. And you can see the obvious color inspiration from the art journal page in the color of the gemstone beads.
Often things change while we’re making jewelry. Maybe you’re missing a component (like I was in this case) or maybe what it’s just not working out the way you envisioned it. You often have to be flexible and willing to change your idea. You will oftentimes end up with something you love even more!
I’ll keep the original idea in the back of my head for when I find the perfect center piece to use in the necklace. But for now, I love this necklace and it’s beautiful colors and gemstones.
To make this necklace:
I used the interlocking wire wrapped bead link technique found here.
The only other skill you need is opening and closing jump rings.
Choose your gemstones and have fun! The only thing that takes a little trial and error is if you use gemstones that are not the same size (my purple stones were larger than the pink and green). If that’s the case you may have to experiment to get the strands to lay just perfectly.
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Inspired eCourse gives you creativity activities and art journal prompts then I show you how to take the inspiration out of your art journal pages to design your own beautiful jewelry.
I share a step-by-step map of going from art journal to jewelry.
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