Powers of Crystal Beads Unleashed
My Crystallized Allure COLLECTION relies on creative layering and positioning
of crystal beads, in an effort to maximize the brilliant rush and
felt sensuality as the crystal colors reach the eye and reverberate
throughout the mind.
create many challenges for the jewelry artist. Your eye/brain tends
to want to blend crystal bead colors, rather than see different colors
distinctly. Your eye/brain is more attracted to the brightness, and
may too easily ignore the color pattern, forms, or intentions of the
piece as a whole. Crystal beads come in many, many colors, but the
colors don't share tonal and hue values, making many of them difficult
to combine in a pleasing way.
To add to the
challenge, crystal beads have very sharp holes, and too easily cut
the stringing material. This often limits some more complex arrangements
of beads, particularly using bead weaving techniques, because the
jewelry can too easily break down when worn.
In my Crystallized Allure pieces, I like to create unexpected mixes of colors.
I like to use various techniques to create more distinct boundaries
between and among colors -- fighting that eye/brain tendency to blend
them. I play with both bead weaving and bead stringing techniques
within the same piece. I frequently incorporate various glass, metal
and/or gemstone pieces with the crystal beads in playful and fun ways.
I prefer to use
FireLine cable thread as my stringing material. Because of the sharp
holes of crystal beads, I heavily reinforce the stringing patterns.