I’ve been thinking about this recently, and I think I’m finally coming into my own with my style, both with music and jewelry making. Primarily with jewelry making, because in order to start with my style in music, I need to learn how to play a keyboard 😄 but I do have a general idea of the two styles I want to incorporate in my music. That isn’t what I want to talk about today though.
When I look at tutorials for jewelry techniques, I don’t like to copy the design at all. I look at tutorials more for how to do a certain something, and even then I tool that certain something into a style set I like, and can understand. So basically, I use tutorials just to see what techniques and styles are out there. I realized, through this, is that I’m starting to develop a certain style, and it’s very exciting! It’s the style that I’ve wanted to do ever since I started stringing beads 2 years ago.
I like dainty, airy looking pieces. I love the fantasy, medieval style of jewelry, and love shiny things. I’ll never be someone who wants to oxidize, or antique their jewelry, because I feel like that detracts from the piece. I really love filigree, and twisted wire designs, along with weaves, and love love love the look of braided wire and Viking knit chains. I love incorporating gemstones and accent beads into the work. And, what I also realized, is I like smaller beads! When I first started, I had such a basic grasp of the beads I wanted. “I need 6 MM beads, all round, no exceptions!” but now, I see the worth of having different shaped beads, and smaller sizes. In fact: I use smaller beads, with cabochon gemstones as the focal piece. Aka: what I always wanted to do from the getgo, before I found out wrapping stones intricately was a thing.
I know I’ll be advancing in this style too: I have metal clay, and crystal clay on my radar as things to start incorporating into my designs, and last night just figured out how to wrap smaller stones (woooo – another post on that will be coming XD). The somewhat annoying thing about this is, now I have to upgrade my bead stash! Because all the beads I have other than gold and silver spacers are soooo big and I just use them as accent pieces, or focals on designs. So now I have my eye on buying a lot of seed beads in different sizes, and some dagger beads as well (love those). Luckily, I have a ton of loose gemstones to work with already, because my entire family are gemstone collectors. Which is perfect for me haha.
I’m really excited about starting to develop a style, both in my music and jewelry. Here’s hoping it continues to evolve through the rest of 2016!