Jan 252006

Channeling Bob Dylan here…

How does it feel?

Okay, I’m done now. 🙂 But seriously, when you are creating a jewelry piece for yourself or for someone else, you need to consider the sense of touch and texture in the design and function.

  • Are the stones or beads smooth or sharp? Will crystals “cut” into sensitive areas like the wrist or the back of the neck?
  • Are the beads large or tiny? Will they lie flat against the skin or bunch up? Are they so big and chunky that they won’t flex against a delicate wrist?
  • How about the weight of earrings? Too heavy, they’ll drag on lobes and cause your ears to ache!
  • A too heavy toggle or clasp on a bracelet or necklace will do the same, be clunky and uncomforable to wear. And if the clasp is impossible to fasten, you’ll never wear it, sell it, or give it away. 😉

The other important thing to consider in how a piece feels goes back to the quality component discussed yesterday. Wire that’s not filed or smoothed with a burr cap will snag on a sweater, skin, or cause injury to a piercing hole. A crimp that is not crimped smoothly will do the same. A cheap toggle or lobster clasp will cut into your body or snag.

One of my regular practices is to try on every piece to be sure I can easy fasten it, that it lies nicely, and won’t shake off in “normal” use. (Earrings are the exception…don’t EVER resell or give away earrings that you’ve worn yourself for sanitary reasons.) I’ve even worn bracelets or necklaces to work or to a show to test their wearability. If I tell you a Gone Wild bracelet can be worn while working on a PC for extended periods of time, it’s because I’ve worn one for 10 hours to make sure. 😉

Tomorrow…the all important…how does it LOOK?!

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