Creating Color In Your Jewelry Designs
When creating jewelry, color principles are important for creating a pleasingly and attractive piece of jewelry. There are four color combinations that you can use to always get beautiful results.
Analogous – Use colors that are next to each other in the color wheel. This will broaden your color choices without clashing. Example: Green, yellow, orange.
Complimentary – Colors that are opposite on the color wheel will provide an exciting contrast. Example: Purple and yellow
Triadic – A rich color scheme, that involves a mixture of three color hues, which form a triangle on the color wheel. The color schemes are formed by three equally spaced colors on the wheel.Example: Violet, orange and green.
Creating balance in your jewelry design
A uniform texture will give your jewelry design a sleek overall look. By using a mixture of materials and surface design or finishes will add depth and richness to your designs.
By using contrasting textures like matte finishes with glossy pieces, varying shapes, or metal next to glass will enhance the uniqueness to your jewelry designs.
Break up the heaviness of a solid strand of beads by adding filler beads like, spacers, rondelles, seed beads. This can also help to add some sparkle to your color scheme.
Formal/Tradition – Symmetrical balanced jewelry, the same mirrored image on both sides. Symmetrical designs are achieved by adding your bead shapes and colors in the same exact order on both sides.
Informal/Modern – Asymmetrical style of jewelry is more playful, where the focal is not in the center of your design. The key to asymmetrical designs is balance. Mix up your colors, use light colors with dark colors. Counter balance your design by adding an element on the opposite side of your design. Alternate the shapes, sizes, finishes and texture of beads to add interest to your designs. There is no right way or wrong way with asymmetrical designs, its what’s pleasing to the eyes.
Mosaic – Is a evenly balanced piece of jewelry with a lot of variety throughout the design. Example: Your jewelry design is centered around a focal where smaller beads accent and frame the focal.
When designing your jewelry, if you will lay your beads out first, and arrange them before you start stringing them, this will help you see where you need to add more beads to balance your designs.
Are you a more traditional jewelry designer or more modern playful designer?