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Central Focus
work by Daniel Shea

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 Published in: 2016 Archives

As you create designs for engraving or stone setting, you can choose to emphasize any element within the design. One of the simplest ways to create a strong focus is to center the design.

Daniel Shea set a large rough-cut heliodor in the center of this fabricated pendant. The large yellow stone is what first grabs your attention, and because it is in the center of the design, moving the eye away from it in any direction results in meeting other elements.

The centerpiece is hemmed in on all four sides by faceted stones. These stones add sparkle to the design but continue to limit the pendant's color palette to silver and yellow. Three 9 mm heliodors emerge smoothly from the right edge of the pendant, giving giving it an asymmetrical form. A pair of tubes are placed at the bottom of the set platform, leading down to the bottom of the pendant. A line of white sapphires draws a line across to the left side. Another set of tubes echo those on the right, and a series of stones set at regular intervals leads back up towards the top. An engraved line traces half squares around each stone, switching back and forth as it reaches upward. A Montana sapphire and a white sapphire cap of the top, completing the frame.

A large centerpiece and a frame that carefully contains it make it easy to create focus within your design. Daniel used several types of stones and line elements to lead the eye around the center, retaining focus. Thanks for sharing!

Have you ever centered your design to create focus on an element? We'd love to hear about it! Send photos and story to featured@grstools.com — your project could be featured here!


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