Working on the Inside

margit boehmer disk necklace 430x377 - Working on the InsideAnother way to push the disk element in strung jewelry design is to create designs on those inside surfaces. This might push you to design the disks in such a way as to open up space between them so that the work on the inside could be seen. That might present a bit of a challenge but it will likely present some interesting options for added accents and forms.

Margit Bohmer did just that. Her solution to show off the intricate and highly colorful faces of her disks was to slightly dome them and have them stacked in pairs with the concave sides in, allowing an angled view to all the beautiful color and textures she worked into them. It looks like quite a bit of work too. I just love seeing this kind of dedication and commitment to a piece. Each bead face is different and could stand on its own but all together, they create an engrossing piece that will probably take the owner years to become familiar with all its varied surfaces.

A riot of color and texture is a signature of Margit’s and she never leaves us wanting for more of either. See her latest work on her Flickr photostream.

Weekly Inspiration Challenge: Choose a basic or commonly used design and push it. By sketching, planning, or just playing with your materials, change the form or the way this basic design is constructed as far as you can until you come up with something that intrigues and excites you then create your own original work from the ideas you came up with.


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A Proliferation of Disks

mars flowersThere are certain forms or elements that make a regular and popular appearance in various types of art. Sometimes they appear so often because the form is something the material and associated tools are particularly suited for. Sometimes they have simply been a large part of the culture in which the art form originated or grew. In polymer, one of the ones we see so very, very often are disks, especially domed disks. I was looking over my little collection of links and images and noticed that there are just tons of that kind of thing. It looks to be growing in popularity and variation, too. I can’t say why that is true, but I thought we’d look at how this type of element is currently being used in polymer.

We can’t start with the idea that maybe these forms are cultural because we see them in polymer art from all over. This set is from Russian artist, Olga Sypkova. She calls them “Mars Flowers” and uses the basic form of a concave disk to create flower like pieces that do have an other-worldly feel to them. Here, the disks are used as the base of a stylized image. Either the imagery Olga was after determined the need for the disk form or the form suggested the imagery, but either way, the disk form is integral to the look of this set.

Olga works in a similarly rough, organic and yet, very feminine style. Her beautiful pieces can be found for viewing and for sale in her Livemaster shop.

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