Margie Deeb Stays Balanced

June 03, 2014, 05:29 am  Posted by Lark

Today is the official release of The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design, by Margie Deeb! Congratulations, Margie!

This information-packed book teaches you to design your own creations by paying attention to unity, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, shape, pattern, texture, movement, drape, and color. You’ll explore the interaction of jewelry and the body: how it moves, how it drapes, how it guides the viewer’s eye to complement–or clash–with different body sizes and wardrobe. The concepts presented are supported by photos, illustrations, before-and-after examples, and challenges. Tips from today’s leading jewelry designers in polymer clay, beads, precious metal clay, ceramic, and wire teach you how to take your ideas and refine them into extraordinary, wearable jewelry.

  • Discover why a piece of jewelry is visually appealing.
  • Understand why you prefer certain styles and how to apply the concepts to achieve what you want.
  • Gain confidence in using specific applications of visual and aesthetic principles.
  • Be inspired to grow and express more of yourself and your unique visions of beauty.


This is the fourth in a nine-part interview with Margie Deeb.
Q Tell us about balance as it applies to jewelry design.
A When something is visually off-balance, we feel it. In my book we explore ways to achieve visual balance (both symmetrical and asymmetrical) because balance takes us a step further in achieving the unity we seek in jewelry design.


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In this chapter we explore all kinds of balance: radial, vertical, horizontal, symmetrical. We discuss what kinds of balance harmonize best with the body. We look at why asymmetrical balance can be so compelling. We examine balance of composition and of movement. There are so many ways to play with balance, and we explore achieving it through value, color, positioning of elements, texture, pattern, shape, and movement.



Q What do you mean by “balance through value or color”?

A Darker colors—those with lower value—are visually heavier than lighter colors. You can use a larger area of a lighter color to counterbalance a small area of dark. Now, balancing dark and light is relatively simple. When you add color into the equation, it becomes more complex. With color we need to consider luminosity—the brilliance of a color. A color’s brightness affects visual weight.

A small amount of a darker or muted (less saturated, more dull) color can counterbalance an expanse of a lighter color. But when luminosity comes into play we need to look more carefully. Bright, luminous colors demand more attention than colors that are simply lighter.

Balance through Value

In the illustration on the left (above), the smallest circle is dark (visually heavy), so it balances all three lighter, larger circles. The positioning of lights and darks balances the composition. In the drawing on the right, the dark circle in the earring balances the whole circle because its visual weight is equal to the crescent and the lightest circle.


Check back next Tuesday for the next part of this interview with Margie Deeb.


Margie Deeb is the author of five beading books. For more info about her newest one, check out http://beadersguidetojewelrydesign.com


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