Design process

I struggle with the creative part of making jewelry.  Often returning again and again to the pieces I know how to make – a ring with a stone.  I do a fine job on that ring but…

I spent some time thinking about my favorite personal pieces (that I’ve made), and found perhaps I do have a design process.  A year ago I was planning a weekend to San Francisco and wanted a new pair of earrings for the weekend.  I’ve been to San Francisco many times and we always go to Chinatown for a meal or two and thought about the lanterns along some of the Chinatown streets.

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These are the earrings I made for that trip using the lantern as my inspiration. I love these earrings I wear them often.

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For last year or so, I’ve been on a ring jag and took my earrings as inspiration and made quite a few rings that I think reflect the earrings.  Here are a couple:

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So…maybe, just maybe I’m getting closer to understanding how to use inspiration in the design process.

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~ by khmetalwork on August 24, 2009.

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