A few short years ago, I decided to quit my day job and attend culinary school. Okay, so it wasn’t exactly on a whim, but I had finally decided to follow my passion and learn the art of creating beautiful cakes and pastries. Although I learned how important it is to work neatly and to mise en place my ingredients ahead of time, by far the biggest—and most challenging—lesson I learned is what Chef Elizabeth called the Ta-Da moment.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a perfectionist when it comes to my art, and my cakes are no different. According to Chef Elizabeth, it's important to step back, look at what you’ve made, and decide that you’ve embellished it quite enough; throw your hands up and proclaim with confidence “Ta-Daaaa!”
How to Know When to Say “When”
Don’t overwork your jewelry designs. Know when to say when. Take a look at the first example by Cynthia Thornton. Cynthia is the author of the new Interweave book, Enchanted Adornments (coming in late October) and someone who has refined her sense of when enough is enough.
Though asymmetrical, Cynthia’s October Shore necklace design achieves balance through her use of similar colors and elements on both sides. Adding the smaller strand of rondelles gives the piece more visual interest than would a single strand of the larger nuggets and crystals. By designing the piece in such a selective way, the result is very wearable.
In the second example, we played with Photoshop to see how different the necklace would look had more elements been added. Though still balanced, the overall look is too heavy; visually there’s just too much going on. Adding too many elements could also limit its wearability, simply because the necklace itself is either too heavy or is too elaborate to match any outfits.
How Do You Decide When Your Project is Done? 5 Tips to Help You Decide
• Visualize your design by first laying out your beads and other materials on a bead board or piece of felt. Add and subtract elements repeatedly to see how your piece would look before actually assembling it.
• Work a little at a time and step back as you bead to look at your work in progress. Or set it aside for the night and come back the next day. This will give you a fresh perspective.
• Get a second opinion. Ask friends for their opinions, even if they aren’t beaders. Every woman I know has an opinion on fashion and style. Or post a photo to the reader showcase in the Beading Daily forums.
• Wear your piece for a few days, while you are trying to decide whether or not to add more. You may find that you end up liking it as is.
• Flip through a magazine like Stringing that’s packed with great ideas. The more you see examples of balanced designs, the easier it will be to create them yourself! Subscribe today to receive 80+ designs ideas in every issue.
In your next creative adventure, whether beading or baking, I wholeheartedly encourage you to step back, throw your hands up, and proclaim with confidence “TA-DA!”
Have you created a piece of jewelry in the past that, judged now, now seems over the top? What would you have done differently? Share your thoughts on the website.
New Free Project
by Cynthia Thornton
Pull together a collection of favorite stones and other sparkly finds and string them up into a treasure-rich necklace. This project from Stringing will be free for a limited time.