1. Pincushion V (back view), 2. back, 3. Born with an Urban-Ethnic Spoon in Her Mouth - back, 4. brooch, 5. traditional "W", 6. Back of Broch, 7. Earrings with vintage buttons, back, 8. Turbine Brooches - back, 9. Bracelet-back, 10. brooch, detail, 11. Pierced Day Night Earrings, 12. citrine ring 5 Created with fd's Flickr Toys.
I'm often complimented on the texture and design on the backs of my pieces. Thank you universe! ;-) It's one of the first things I try to teach my students. That even though a rear view isn't the first thing one thinks of when designing, how often have you seen someone stop to admire a pendant, hold it in their hand, turn it this way and that, and then flip it over to look at the underside!
Are they looking for a makers mark? A hallmark? A secret message? I don't really know the answer to that. Probably a combination of all three, But the person who's wearing the jewel has definitely examined every millimeter of a treasured object and will appreciate the careful craftsmanship the creator put into unseen details.
I know I made one sale because the buyer was so delighted to find a hidden pearl nestled into a cavity on the back of a hollow brooch.
So take the time to look at the backs of things, see how they're designed, discover how the technical aspects were accomplished. See if you can absorb a little inspiration to use in your own work.
I've been wanting to start making my own pin backs and the ones pictured here are giving me all sorts of ideas! I see a little fabrication in my future. How 'bout you?
Be sure to stop by Paige and Christine's blogs to enjoy their lovely Eye Candy mosaics.