A process is defined as a “systematic series of actions directed to some end.” I have a number of processes I use when I design my beadwork.
In this example, I will document the way I approach a necklace design. Since I am currently writing the curriculum for the Bead and Button Master Class, Architecting Compelling Clasps, I will also focus on a clasp to secure the piece.
I decided to start this design with a necklace strap that I beaded a number of years ago and has been sitting in my “inspiration” bin of beaded items. Therefore, this necklace strap is a constraint of the design. The necklace is a thick strap stitched in peyote and chevron chain using seed beads, Magatama drops and rice pearls. As I begin to think about the design of the necklace I will naturally lean towards these supplies to keep the design cohesive.
My first step in this particular design with this constraint, is to decide how I want to approach it. I honestly have no idea how I want to approach it so I’m going to sketch some concepts. I have found that in some of my work, a variety of small thumbnail sketches can kick start the creative juices and help with a direction. Keep in mind these sketches are crude and done over several days and I use whatever sketchbook or notebook I have with me at the time the idea emerges. Below are the eight thumbnail sketches of design ideas that I’ve been contemplating, I actually did more sketches but these are the ones I liked most. I’m leaning towards sketch 7 as the design direction for this necklace.
- Pre-existing necklace strap, part of the design is already determined
- Green in the color scheme, part of the design is already determined
- The clasp must be in front since the entire necklace strap is already stitched
As I complete parts of this design I’ll publish my progress here, so please check back to see the final result.