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JEWELRY DESIGN

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VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

You may register online for the next date this class is offered.   
Add course to your shopping cart, then continue with the checkout process.
Select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping otpoin.
After you register, we will send you an email confirmation.

You may also register 
- by phone (615-292-0610), or 
- in person at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204.
 

 

THE FIRST CLASS IN THIS SEQUENCE IS INTRODUCTION TO BEADS & COLOR

Jewelry Design is the application of basic principles of artistic expression and construction. The jewelry artist applies these principles or rules when making choices about how best to manipulate the elements of the piece. 

These design elements might include:
- the Positioning and/or Ordering of things
- the Volume or Area the piece takes up
- the Scale and Size of the pieces
- the Colors, Textures and Patterns of individual pieces, and/or sets or groupings of pieces
- the Forms and Structures (identifiable sets of pieces, highly integrated) 
- the Materials – beads, stringing material, jewelry findings
- the interplay of Light, Dark, Shadow, Reflection and Refraction
- the clasp assembly and other supporting systems

Good Jewelry Design answers the question:
Why do some pieces of jewelry draw your attention,
and others do not?

 

After the ORIENTATION TO BEADS & JEWELRY FINDINGS CLASS Class.... 

Then do 
BASICS OF BEAD STRINGING AND ATTACHING CLASPS

Next, do BEAD WEAVING BASICS, particularly of interest would be the Square Stitch, Peyote Stitch and Right Angle Weave Stitch.

Learn some basic wire working techniques, particularly how to make Simple and Coiled Loop, and the Mix N' Match Bracelet

Now, you are ready to begin the JEWELRY DESIGN sequence:
Learn about Beads & Color.
Pick up principles about Composition and about Forms and Functions
Study Fringe, Straps, Edges, Bails, Surface Embellishment
Study Materials and Techniques
Study the Architectural Bases of Bead Weaving Stitches
Select any electives that you might be interested in 

 

INTRO TO BEADS & COLOR

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This class helps the student answer the question:  
How can we pick and use certain colors, color combinations and color effects that are pleasing, and avoid others which are not?

Beads are not the same as using paints.   We can’t blend beads.  There are significant boundary issues as the eye moves from bead to bead.  There are issues associated with shapes, faceting, edges, crevices.   There are limits in the range of colors you can pick from.   There are issues associated with the fact that jewelry as worn, takes many shapes/positions, as the person moves, and the jewelry still has to maintain its “power and appeal”.   When the eye jumps from bead to bead, the viewer's mind has to fill in where there are gaps of color.

 

In this class, unlike the typical Art class on Color, we focus on how the Bead asserts its need for Color.

JEWELRY DESIGN I
PRINCIPLES OF COMPOSITION

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piece by Lisa Klakulak

In this class, we focus primarily on Principles of Composition. These include,
a. Rhythm
b. Pointers
c. Planar Relationships
d. Interest
e. Statistical Distribution
f. Balance
g. Dimensionality
h. Temporal Extension
i. Physical Extension/Finishing
j. Parsimony

The jewelry artist applies these Principles of Composition by manipulating the elements of the piece.

Read about:  Good Jewelry Design: Principles of Composition

 

 
 Our Land of Odds...LEARN TO BEAD program
is based on 
The Design Approach:

- Focused on teaching how to make smart choices
- Developmentally-based, where you learn skills in an orderly way, and understand how skills build upon each other
- Easy to follow 

JEWELRY DESIGN II
PRINCIPLES OF FORM, FUNCTION, STRUCTURE,
BODY, MIND, MOVEMENT

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Jewelry must withstand the forces that usage places on the piece. Design strategies must anticipate whether the piece would be worn daily or occasionally; was expected to last a year, more than a year, a lifetime; was to be worn in situations where there was little movement/activity by the wearer or a lot of movement/activity.

The designer does not want the piece to pose any kind of problem of manipulation. The Design and Construction should be conditioned by anatomy and situation.

PHYSICAL FUNCTION is understood in terms of MOVEMENT, Flow, Drapery, Flexibility, Rigidity, Volume, Weight, and Torque.

PSYCHO-SOCIAL FUNCTION:  Jewelry has many uses, including meeting the individual's needs for self-esteem, self-actualization, sex and sexuality, a sense of oneness and uniqueness, a sense of being a part of a larger group or community, a sense of survival and protection, a re-affirmation of values and perspectives, a connection to a higher power or spirituality, fantasy, personal use-goals.

FORMS: It is important for the jewelry designer to think in terms of "parts", "forms", and the "piece as a whole". Forms are inter-related objects. For example, they might be sections of beads that seem to be thematically inter-related.Design-control over forms enables the designer to create a "whole" that is more than the sum of its "parts".

JEWELRY SUPPORT SYSTEMS: In the marriage of thought to process, the jewelry designer needs to focus on how the piece is constructed, and to understand how to construct the piece in anticipation of how it is to be worn.

 

 

 

BezelWorks Pendant w/Strap
Intermediate/Advanced
DESIGN ELEMENTS: FRINGE, STRAP, BAIL, STRAP, SURFACE EMBELLISHMENT
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download

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CATENARY ARCHES BRACELET
Advanced
Peyote, Right Angle Weave, Square, Ladder, Brick, Ndebele

Coming soon...
Order Kit

Download Instructions Only
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Learn how to reinterpret and implement Bead Weaving Stitches in Architectural Terms.

 

 

ETRUSCAN COLLAR
Intermediate/Advanced
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download

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The Etruscan Butterfly Bracelet
Coming soon...
Order Kit

Download Instructions Only
(no class)

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INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED

Adapt the beauty and craftsmanship of the classical world to contemporary style! Learn to apply contemporary principles of design, using Peyote Stitch, Brick Stitch and simple Wire Working, to create and arrange Butterfly Bracelet components.

 

JEWELRY DESIGN CAMP 
Sessions TBA

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TBA

Session 1: The Architectural Basis of Bead Weaving Stitches

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TBA

Session 2: Fringe, Edge, Strap, Bail, Surface Embellishment in Jewelry -- Art or Not?

Immerse yourself into a week-long study of jewelry design theories, and their applications and manipulations with various materials, techniques and strategies.

 

Application and Fees
Location and Accomodations
About The Instructor
Program Philosophy

Check out our WORKSHOPS and KITS.

 

OTHER JEWELRY DESIGN TOPICS COVERED:
   - Revitalizing Vintage Jewelry
   - Dimensional Beadwork
   - Mixed Media Beadwork
   - Materials and Techniques
   - Jewelry Support Systems
   - Architectural Bases of Bead Weaving Stitches

 

 

 

 

Learning Goals for 
Jewelry Design

 

CRITICAL SKILLS TO LEARN:

1. How "Quality" is defined, relative to beads and other materials

 

2. What the pros and cons are, of different kinds of beads, stringing materials, clasps, finishes, metals and the like

 

3. How "Craft" differs from "Art" differs from "Design"

 

4. How to build "support systems" within your piece

 

5. How the bead asserts its need for color

 

6. Principles of Composition

 

7. Principles of Form and Function

 

8. Principles of Techniques and Materials

 

9. Forms and Components

 

10. Contemporizing Traditional Jewelry

 

11. Reviving Vintage Styles

 

12. Mixed Media Compositions

 

13. Adding dimensionality and movement

14. Developing Your Personal Style

 

 

SUPPLIES AND TOOLS
To KEEP ON HAND

 

Sketch book
Folder of images of jewelry you like

Bead board (with 3 or more channels)
Work surface
bracelet and necklace sizing cones

Enough bead and jewelry making supplies to approximate and artist's palette, including beads, findings and stringing materials.

Assorted tools, especially chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, flush cutters, needles

Colored pencil set
Color Wheel

Calculator 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION GROUP
Please join our new group on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewelrydesign/

 

 

 

KITS make great gifts!
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LEARN TO BEAD BLOG

 

 

 

VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

You may register online for the next date this class is offered.   
Add course to your shopping cart, then continue with the checkout process.
Select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping otpoin.
After you register, we will send you an email confirmation.

You may also register 
- by phone (615-292-0610), or 
- in person at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204.