There are times when I look at a design I am in the process of creating and realize it is way too busy. When that happens, there are a couple of approaches I can take to calm the piece down.
- Introduce Neutrals. Black can work particularly well. As can metal beads in silver, gold, or copper tones.
- Increase repetition. Choose one (or more) of the quieter beads in the piece and use more of them.
- Separate things. Insert little seed beads between the larger beads –more than one may be needed. Or, use knotting or crimp beads and let some of the beading wire create a restful space at intervals.
This necklace had that challenge as I worked on it. I set the little fish buttons in sterling silver using small tabs to minimize the amount of setting that was visible. I think the stripes in the top fish, the presence both a horizontal and vertical element, as well as motion in the pendant combined to then require a necklace that was interesting but also quiet enough to allow the pendant to be the focal point. This necklace – took all three techniques.