Creating outside of the box

I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. A wondrous experience for me, a person who has often been referred to as a “Rule Keeper”. A person who feels most comfortable with order and organization. A person who likes everything in its place. (except don’t look in my studio right now, lol)

When I first started making jewelry, everything had to be symmetrical. 2 beads over here, ok, so then the same 2 beads over there and so on and so forth.

My, how things change…

I found the mother of pearl circles and the rainbow “dotty” beads at Michael’s and knew immediately that they were destined for each other in a necklace. So, I sat down in my studio one day and started pulling out all sorts of lovingly stashed things from long ago, including this gorgeous Raku donut and beads purchased at a bead show in Watertown, MA.

I challenged myself to make a free-form style, asymmetrical necklace with neither a right side or a left side. Something with a light summery, watery feeling to it. I transformed the focal Raku donut into a toggle clasp by making a bar from 16-gauge copper wire. I’ve been wearing the donut focal off center when I wear this necklace and I just love that.

What do you think?

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13 comments on “Creating outside of the box

  1. Judy Shea says:

    Karen.. Wow… I love the colors and the uneven layout. You daring thing, you. Just gorgeous.

  2. doras_explorations says:

    What a wonderful piece, and I love the way it was photographed ! I too tend to stick with symmetrical jewelry pieces, although some of my favorite creations were asymmetrical in design. The asymmetrical pieces often came about because I made beads that were not uniform in size, or I only had one of a particular bead. Designing an asymmetrical piece is certainly more challenging, I think, because one needs to create balance from dissimilar components.

  3. artandtea says:

    Yes, I’m getting daring in my old age and I love it!!! Thanks, Judy dear.

    Thanks Dora! I feel like now that I’ve ventured into the world of asymmetry here that I might find it hard to go back to the old way, lol. Yes, I agree, much more challenging but also so satisfying. I love the challenge of creating balance without having identical sides.

  4. Arline says:

    I can so identify with the symetry of your previous work. I especially tend to do that when stringing. The necklace is wonderful and something I would choose to wear often. Nice work!

  5. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, Arline!

  6. Snap says:

    I love it. Great color!

  7. Susan Hemann says:

    Stunning necklace! Love the raku bead and how you wear it off center.

  8. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much, Sue!

  9. frivolitea says:

    yes, it is a beautiful necklace!

  10. artandtea says:

    Much appreciated, Lynn!

  11. Shaiha says:

    That is a gorgeous necklace. I find that I am really drawn to them but when I try to make one, my OCD husband will stand behind me and complain. I am soooo glad that we are now moved into our new home with my studio (when I get it set up) will be downstairs away from him.

  12. artandtea says:

    Thanks so much Shaiha! Enjoy setting up your new studio.

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