Monday, July 23, 2012

Miscellaneous Monday...Where I Find Creative Inspiration


It's late, but I finally thought of what I wanted to do for today's Miscellaneous Monday.  I thought I would share a little bit about where I get my inspiration for necklaces and earrings that I make.

The answer is multiple ways.  The first way I get inspiration is I see something in the store that I like but I don't want to spend the money for it.  I snap a few pretty decent shots and then move onto the next piece.  Unless I think that I can't make it for less than what the store is charging or it's way beyond my skill level - then I'll probably purchase.  After I get it home, I might use that purchased piece to base other, similar, designs.

The second way is I go to online stores and start going through all the accessory pages, opening ones that catch my eye in a different window.  From there, I look at close ups to see if I really do like the design and if I think I can make something similar or not.  Sometimes seeing close-up shots makes me realize I don't like or I would like it better if something was changed.  For the items that I do like and think I can replicate at some point, I save a picture and enter some details (like the length) as the file name.

Let's look at this set of earrings (I always make earrings that have the "fishhook") from Forever 21's site for a little example:
I look at these earrings and ask myself a couple of questions.
  1. Do I have something like this already or a necklace that would coordinate with it?
  2. Do I have materials already to make a pair of earrings with a similar feel?
My answers:
  1. I do have a necklace that has a black flower on it that could possibly go with it. 
  2. I have a package of black flowers with rhinestone centers that I think could work to get something similar.
So I save the picture (probably named something like "3 inch drop flowers earrings" in a folder labeled "Jewelry Inspirations."  I have lots of these pictures.  

Some of the pictures are just ideas of how to get more color into something, like the following necklace picture from Wet Seal.  I kept the picture and just labeled it as "chain inspiration."

The third way that I come up with jewelry is I just sit down and start to go through the drawers and trays filled with drops and beads and all kinds of pretties and start laying things together to see if I like it or not, or if I can come up with something better.  Tied to this is the assembly of earrings or bracelets that came in a kit - just follow the instructions - if I don't like the finished product, I take it back apart and start playing around with it to improve it to my tastes.

So, there you have a little insight in to how I come up with designs.

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