Is designing with components a new way of looking at things? It’s not entirely new for me, because I’ve been making components for years. However, I don’t exactly use all of the components that I’ve made.
In the past, I’ve also taught paper beads, altered dominos, paper pendants, altered washers, birdhouse pendants, fibre and wire beads, freeform peyote, driftwood pendants, and a motley selection of mixed media bits and pieces.
But then there’s also the components that I made in workshops from other instructors. For example, drilled stones, raku enamelling, torch enamelled copper beads, and even a metal pendant or two. I haven’t made something out of everything, but if I did, I would have more jewelery than I could possibly ever wear!!! My bead embroidery alone, would work out in the double digits, but I’d definitely be designing with components!!
We won’t even mention the random items I make in my messy, mad scientist studio, that don’t even make it into the light of day!! But here’s the ticket! It’s all about honing your craft, and you won’t get better at anything, if you don’t practice. No, you don’t need to be as crazy as me, but you do need to try, so choose something, and work at it diligently!
Yes, I do make stuff! I wear it, teach it, write about it, and give it away! Sometimes, I even make things out of it!
An upcoming class, but not on the schedule yet, will be mixed media, component necklaces. This one isn’t finished yet, but will definitely include leather, and probably a touch of chain! It’s all about working with both the new, and the old!
One of the most interesting necklaces that I’ve seen lately, was on the Bead Embroidery Artists, Facebook Group. I won’t be able to show you the photo, but suffice to say, it included fairly large shells, bead embroidery, freeform peyote, and multi-strand, seedbead stringing. Now, that’s the way to use your components! Sherri Serafini also uses bead embroidered components in some of her pieces, and we all know that her work is absolutely spectacular!
If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s to use what you make, and make what you use! Designing with components is a very good thing, so don’t allow them all to just sit, gathering dust!! No, you don’t need to like everything you make, but at least try to figure out something to do with it. You could combine resin, with Kumihimo braids, but then again, what do you think of cement with wire-wrapped components? All is good, and yes you can do it!
Have fun, experiment, create, and don’t forget to show us what you make!