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I'm Eni Oken, artist and author of hundreds of articles, tutorials and books in print and online. For over 30 years I've explored art, color theory, fantasy and ornamental design.

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Think & Design Jewelry Lesson 1: The Flower

If you never tried the series, you should start here:

[one_half]flowertut01 copy flowersamplepage thinkdesignflowersample   [/one_half] [one_half_last]The first lesson of this series uses the simple flower as source of inspiration to come up with new and interesting jewelry design alternatives. Learn how to use an elegantly simple method to create new designs even from the most overused source such as the flower.

Through practical hands on drawing exercises, you will start to understand Radial Structure and how to adapt a design to jewelry making techniques.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper A vase of flowers or a flower garden Sharpie pen (Notice absence of an eraser!) A Digital Camera


Contents in this lesson:

  1. About this series
  2. Our inspirational source: The Flower
  3. About Radial structure
  4. Design Method: Shape Extract
  5. Adapting to jewelry making technique
  6. Case Studies and Examples


This is what we'll cover in this tutorial: 

  • How to use a common object such as a flower as inspirational source
  • How to analyze your source object
  • How to understand radial structure
  • How to extract shapes as a design methodology
  • How to change only a few variables to your advantage
  • How to adapt your designs gradually to a jewelry-making technique
  • How to mix and match to form numerous design possibilities


More Info:

Pages: 21

Steps: 8

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling. For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.         [/one_half_last]

Lesson 3: The Cluster

Think & Design Jewelry Lesson 1: The Flower