Sunday, January 27, 2013

Necklace Designs Using Julie Picarello Inspired Pendants

Last autumn I bought Julie Picarello's book Patterns in Polymer: Imprint & Accent Bead Techniques and excitedly made a fun series of colorful and textured pendants.

Julie Picarello Design Challenge

Once made, however, I was a little overwhelmed with what I should do with them. It ended up taking several months of thinking and experimenting before I ended up creating four designs. I tried to make them as different as possible to help me get a better visual sense of what was possible. Despite that, they all still have my signature elements of strong lines - whether straight or curved - and color.

Julie Picarello Design Challenge

This is my favorite piece. Here the lines are very strong and the color, other than the pendant itself, is more subtle seen only in the amethyst bead above the pendant and the charoite rondelles used in the toggle, creating a very elegant, sophisticated necklace.

Julie Picarello Design Challenge

I really like the simplicity of this design. The wire wrapped coiled bail is the most complex part of the design, meant to add just a little visual complexity to a design that is otherwise all line and color in the hand dyed leather cords.

Julie Picarello Design Challenge

This is a more complex version of the first necklace. More complex with a little more color to create a more playful design.

Julie Picarello Design Challenge

This design is all about color. I like using jump rings because you can introduce lines into the design, as well as color, texture, and movement. It all comes together to create a very dynamic necklace.

As you can see, I still have a few pendants left. I'm thinking incorporating one of those into a beadwork design. I'll still have to ponder what to do with the others. So, tell me - what do you think? Which is your favorite, or least favorite, and why? What should I do with the others? If you'd like to see additional views of these necklaces, just click on the images and it will take you to my Flickr photostream where I also have some more informal, full-view images of the designs.

Thanks for reading!

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