Love My Art Jewelry just finished up its latest Boot Camp and it was all about a nemesis common to many jewelry designers…Asymmetry.
I’ve said before that I’m so drawn to pieces of jewelry with this attribute, but personally struggle with it in my own designs. Maybe it’s a right brain, left brain thing…how you’re wired to look at the world or a gift in manipulating the things around you in an off-kilter, but oh, so pleasing manner.
I don’t know.
There is one trick to achieving an asymmetrical look that someone shared with me early in my jewelry making adventures. It’s kind of faux asymmetry, if you will. A baby step…
Get out 4 or 5 different kinds of beads, put them separate numbered groups. Beads #1, Beads #2 , Beads #3, etc…
Then with a paper and pencil, make up a random sequence using those numbers.
Say I have 5 groups of beads, here’s a possible sequence…
2 2 1 2 4 3 1 2 5
Then arrange the beads in that order…repeat the order until you have a bracelet or a necklace. So it’s kind of like creating with repeated asymmetrical groups, I think. Maybe not true asymmetry, but playing with beads this way really got me thinking outside my tendency to create with rigid patterns and symmetry. In this necklace, I repeated the pattern 4 times (minus one bead at the end of the line that I lost!)
**Can you figure out which bead is missing?
To my eye, this necklace has an asymmetrical effect with a pleasing balance of weight, color, and textures just by repetition of a random ordered grouping of beads.
Here’s a few pieces from my work in the LMAJ Boot Camp…
Poly clay flower connector and copper button by me
I really struggled with these earrings…found it much more difficult to get something pleasing in such a small space and with so few beady options.
In the end, I really like them!
This last necklace was my final project in my metals class this session. The pendant was hand cut from copper sheet and embossed. I bezel set three stones. Some issues getting the stones tucked in because I wanted them so close together, but I persevered.