Last week I finished The Bohemian necklace set and began to wear it around to test its wearability. On a practical level I want my beadwork to be comfortable with the option to be worn often. This goal is not always achieved since some pieces are “works of art” that are not that great to wear. I still love doing pieces considered “works of art” and categorize them as a sculpture.
The Bohemian is terrific to wear. I had one issue though. The Button and Loop closure was not as stable as I expected. To solve this issue, I simply doubled the peyote layers on the Button and zipped them together. The Button was now thicker so the Loops had to be adjusted to go around the new button. The clasp now sits up higher than the rest of the necklace and still works great in the composition.
It is a good idea to test your work as soon as you can to make sure you are going in the right direction. It is easier to make edits to your design earlier than later. Sometimes this is not possible, don’t get discouraged, proceed with your plan and deal with issues when the opportunity arises.
Have you ever needed to make edits to a piece to increase its wearability? Do you plan on testing your future designs for wearability? Tell me about it below!