I’ve just got a question on deviantArt:
“Your jewelery is amazing! I think it would be realllllllllly awesome if you put up a demo of how you make any of your stuff!”
At first I got angry. Why should I tell my secrets to everybody so they can make jewellery like mine, right? There are already hundreds of people on deviantArt who copy other peoples designs pretending they’re just inspired by them, so why should I help them? But then I realized: there are NO secrets. No, really. No secret ingredients, except perhaps my imagination. So my answer was:
“There’s not much to learn there, actually. I wrap wire with other wire and use my imagination. It requires some practice and enough self-criticism to post only the ones that came out good. And that’s it.
Also, I don’t want other people to blindly copy my designs, so if anyone wants to use them as inspiration they’ll have to try and think for themselves.”
Everything I make is unique. Also, I only have a vague idea of what I want when I start making something, so every process is different. A piece can even end up as something entirely else than I expected.
And I can’t really tell you what makes my pendants work. Style? It’s a wide term. Balance? Usually, but not always. Colour? Sometimes. Careful wrapping? Perhaps. The right choice of wire? Most definitely.
Also my friend and fellow jeweller Srebrna pointed out that there would be nothing more boring than to watch a real time movie of wire wrapping.
Discussion is most welcome.