How to Plan a Jewelry Layout

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A jewelry design begins with a layout. You will begin a jewelry design by arranging beads in the same order or pattern that you desire your finished piece of jewelry. Plan while the beads are still loose to avoid imbalances and/or a break in the pattern. Proper layouts can save you a lot of time and frustrations. Plastic trays are available for the purpose of jewelry design layouts. They have grooves and places in which the beads can fall into instead of out and away from you. These are available online or in bead retail outlets.

How do you create spaces in your pattern?

Use smaller plain beads, sometimes known as spacers between larger patterned beads to break them apart.

Use jump rings between beads to separate and add dimension.

Use crimp beads along your wire or thread to stop a bead from sliding and leaving an empty space on either side of a larger bead.

Tip: Take time to play around with the spacing of your design. Consider using different sizes of beads if you are using plain beads or use different sizes of the same bead.

Color and pattern is important when planning a layout. There is no hard rule that jewelry pieces should coordinate or even contain multiple shades of the same color. However, many designs are a mixture of just 2 or 3 colors.

Tips for blending colors:

Look for the accent color on a bead in your pattern, then select plain beads to inter space. The idea is to break up the design and keep the patterned beads from overwhelming the finished piece.

Use neutral colors such as white, black or gray throughout your pattern. The idea here is if the finished layout looks too dark or all the same color, using white beads will lighten it up quite a bit. If the piece ends up looking to light, add some brown or black beads.

Use the color wheel to assemble your colors on the beading board.

Tone and saturation of the colors you use also play a part in the finished piece. It is possible to combine several different shades as long as your saturation (how deep the colors are) remain the same.

Reference used: Beading: One Day Beading Mastery written by: Ellen Warren

Article written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

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Author: connielimon2014

Bead Jewelry Artisan, mother of one daughter and grandmother of two grandsons, daughter of Korean War Veteran.

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