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Juli grew up a shy, middle child and is a woman of few words whose jewelry speaks volumes about herself, her feelings and her perspective on the world.  A modern alchemist of design, she melds industrial imagery and organic aesthetics together to create new and unique designs.  Juli's love for asymmetrical design was immediately made apparent in her very first bead craft:  a pair of mismatched earrings created when she was sixteen.  She developed her eclectic style by reading about and experimenting with every style and technique she could get her hands on, from stitched bead jewelry to riveted metals and from wire wrapping to precious metal clays.  No matter what Juli creates, her sense of humor & fun, love of the craft and sense of style come through.  Juli would probably blog more often if her rather large tabby cat, Rocky, didn't insinuate himself between her hands and the keyboard.  However, she does regularly update her facebook fan page for Juli's Jewels.  Juli is always paying-it-forward, not only on a personal level, but through her company with "just because" giveaways.  Juli's Jewels ArtFire artisan shop is jam packed with earrings, pendants, necklaces, anklets and more that are ready to ship and she loves to make custom orders for people too!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Meet the Design Board!

Sometimes I get stuck when I am trying to design a new piece of jewelry and I need a little help figuring out the layout of the piece.

I have some fun leaf charms that I have been wanting to use in a necklace design for a while now and I decided that I wanted to use them as links instead of dangles. I punched a hole into the leaf ends and then I started laying them out in different ways on my design board until I found the pattern that made me the most happy.

My next post will be about what design I picked and how I finished the piece.

Design 1 - Simple, symmetric

Design 2 - Symmetric with dangle

Design 3- Simple assymetric

Design 4 - Assymetric with single dangle

Design 5 - Assymetric with double dangle
Design 6 - Not so simple assymetric.

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