CURLY TAIL ANIMALS ARE REVIVED TODAY in the form of my detailed illustrations. I have found time on this greyish, non-sunny, Saturday to finish the work that I should have done yesterday.
FIRST, LETS START WITH THE BAD NEWS
I wanted to expand the tail design to more than just a plain curl feature. This tail would be photoetched and oxidised. I have coupled this oxidised tail with a “crocodile-like” head. THEY DO NOT WORK TOGETHER.
Why do they not work together? I think the head is too “horizontal” and maybe too narrow, which throws the proportion of head to tail. I would like to try the tail with a different head. I think I will photocopy the heads and tails and put them together in different combinations, like that game I used to play when I was younger. The game where you put different heads onto different bodies.
NOW THE GOOD NEWS
THESE ARE ALL 3D PIECES – although they seem to be flat, it is only because I am not very good at drawing. All these designs are to make a 3D object.
I will have to decide the method to make the designs and am already playing with the idea of a chased and repousse head design (two halves soldered together). This hollow head would sit on the curly body. Maybe I could make the complete piece from two hollow halves soldered together.
THIS BRINGS INTO FOCUS THE MATTER OF WEIGHT IN A PIECE OF JEWELLERY. Do I want a light weight to my design? If the piece is LIGHT in weight, will it make the pendant seem CHEAP and of SMALLER VALUE? If a weightier design is created – will the weight make the piece seem more luxurious or will it just be too cumbersome to wear because it will be too heavy?
So, as much as I am just trying to be open and free with my design ideas, I am referring to the construction method that each design will require – but I am trying not to let the practical aspects of making dictate what I design and draw. If I draw something that I like, whatever it is, I WILL FIND A NEAT WAY TO MAKE IT – I WILL HONEST!