fredag 2 mars 2012

Craft Friday: functional jewelry design and dancing



Craft Friday is a 2012 recurring blog post
where I present either a hobby jewelry technique
or project I'm currently working on.


I must confess that I hadn't really planned ahead on what to write for today. We're going to catch a train today up north to Bennäs, because one of Micke's cousins is getting married on Saturday. Everything is packed, so we're good to go, as soon as I finish this post.

Planning for this wedding - wondering what to pack, and which shoes, and which earrings to bring - kind of got me thinking about functional design again. A well planned and executed design means that the jewelry piece in question is wearable to a lot of occasions, on top of being aesthetically pleasing.

Weddings usually means dancing, and dancing usually makes you move faster than you normally do. Depending on the dance, you might even stand closer to your partner than what you do when normally  just conversing with them. Which means that the jewelry you're wearing must accommodate or conform to this.

There's nothing more embarrassing than having your necklace swing around and hit your partner on the cheek. Done that.... whops...
Or that your earrings, with clip-on studs, fall off because you happen to move your head too fast, done that too...sorry! or getting it stuck in your hair... Or worse, the other person's hair!
Or having the focal bead/stone on your necklace create a hard lump on your chest that gets grained into your chest bones every time your partner tries to swing you around. Ouch ouch, done that too.... 

So, my point today is:

  • conduct "trial runs" with the jewelry in question, if you're gonna use it while dancing/other sport activity.
  • make sure the finish on it can handle sweat.
  • weight need to be pretty precise, especially for earrings, because they will move up and down on your body and create places of irritation. 
That's all I came up with for today, next Friday I'll write about something where I can post photos too.

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