Friday, May 8, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy - Back to Basics Edition

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.


Angela said...

This is so true, Lora ! Everyone looks at the back, and it absolutely should look good! It's also nice to look at a piece upside down to check for balance and harmony ;o) Thanks for including my spoon and giving it such good company!

Chocolate and Steel said...

nice reminder! That is one thing I love about your jewelry. It is always very well thought out.

All the pieces you choose are so pretty.