Incorporating Sculpture into Jewelry

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Incorporating Sculpture into Jewelry

Sometimes we need to think outside the box. There is no better way to get in touch with your creative and artsy side than to give sculpture a try. A new and great application of modern sculpture can actually be found in jewelry. Many people are starting to make amazing works of sculpture, and making them into jewelry pieces that are one of a kind.Even those who are already sculptors are making jewelry, and here is some advice and tips for those who want to get started, or continue with what you know.

This great for the artist, as they can gain access to several more clients. It expands their business, so they are able to make more money doing what they love. Everyone knows that the life of an artist can be tough, and this is the perfect chance for them to break into a new media. Since jewelry is so broad of a medium, almost any sculpture can be formed into some piece of wearable jewelry, as long as its not too big. Earrings need to be very small, so they don’t weight down or pull on the earlobe. A little bit bigger sculpture size can be used for necklaces. So many colors and designs can be used for necklaces, so this is where you see the most sculptures existing in the world of jewelry. Bracelets and anklets can also be made via sculpture, and they also need to be relatively small.

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This bracelet was sculpted out of metal. It has a lot of detail and a unique style. Taken by Konstantinos Koukopoulos.

When making sculptures used for jewelry, there are many things as an artist you can do to make your work transferable. The first is to make the ends of the sculpture attachable to a chain, hook, or any form of connection piece so it can be worn. This will make it much simpler for the piece to be used for jewelry, because sometimes it can become tricky to make into a piece of jewelry. The size is another important aspect as previously mentioned, so be sure to know what you are making before you start. The small sculptures that you’re making need to fit into a type of jewelry.

Some additional tools may be needed when making these sculptures of jewelry. Since the pieces are smaller than one would normally be making, more detail needs to be done. Specifically, small and fine detail. If you don’t already own tools to get the level of detail needed for jewelry, you may need some more tools. It shouldn’t be too many more that you need, especially if you are an experienced sculptor.

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These tools may be some of the ones you may need to make jewelry. Taken by Mary-Lynn.

There are a few different types and colors of clay and metal that exist, so playing around and changing your normal medium could be a fun experiment to try when making jewelry. Several types to give a certain look, so learning about them may make you a more diverse and better maker of jewelry. These are just some small tips that may come in handy as you continue to develop your jewelry making skills.

Make sure to let your creativity flow, because jewelry needs to unique. Each woman should have a piece that can never be created again. It can be simple, elegant, classy, bright, or colorful. These are just a few of the many things that you can incorporate into pieces of jewelry. The ideas are actually endless. I personally like jewelry that is simple and makes a statement. Keep these small things in mind when you’re trying to create something that everyone will love.

The Sculpting Of Then And Now

I think there’s a lot of interesting history and specific culture that creates the root of why people sculpt in the modern world.  But for millennia, we’ve often focused on purely the theological aspects and inspirations, which by and large, are still a major factor, if not an obvious aesthetic or physical feature.  The symmetrical aesthetic features of sculpting are nothing unfamiliar to the modern artist, whether you’re a photographer looking for the perfect model or a painter or cartoonist trying to get your eyes and hands to be that perfect proportion, symmetry is always a huge factor.  While we might not see a religious icon’s face in a modern sculptor’s work, we may certainly see certain cues from the old school artists who had a certain way of making the curve of a cheek look good enough to be considered worth of belonging to a deity.

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I think the name mahakala is very fitting for a statue like this to be in such good condition after hundreds of years don’t you?  (The credit for the photo for this beautiful sculpture goes to bobistraveling via flickr.com).

Isn’t this an imposing looking sculpture of an ancient mahakala (meaning beyond time and/or death in the literal translation).  It is considered to be a physical depiction of an ethereal deity in Tibetan, Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, and is often depicted as having two, or four, or even six arms.  That’s certainly nothing new to those who enjoy studying different religions, take the deity Asura for instance, which is the name for another multi-armed deity in Buddhism and for other demigods in Hinduism (If you’ve ever seen the video game Asura’s Wrath then you can see that even a religion with thousands of years of history has an influence on pop culture today, even if it comes in the form of an over the top action video game that takes most of its thematic inspiration from Japanese anime).

Cartoon Mummy

Now I’m not an expert on carbon dating or well versed in the areas of sculpting in history enough to argue how valuable something is based on its age, but this ancient Egyptian sculpture of a mummy is probably worth more than any amount of money I could ever make in my lifetime!  Credit for this inspiring picture belongs to David Boeke of flickr.com.

With an appreciation for these beautiful sculptures from ages past it’s a great feeling to see how far people have come in the art form.  Well, of course we’ve advanced in more than just our ability to sculpt or build but you get what I mean right?

butler-campus-sculpture

This very modern piece of colorful metal sculpting actually adorns a college campus somewhere, and that’s not half-bad if you ask me, since most modern art looks like nothing but this one has a certain futuristic sci-fi appeal to me.  At any rate, credit for this guy belongs to Jack Pearce.