Designing with art beads creates numerous possibilities for wearable art. Key to a beautiful design is construction. Good design is durable and beautiful. An armature allows your piece to stand out while ensuring quality construction.
Normally, we think of an armature in relation to sculpture, but it serves the same function in wearable art. An armature provides support for the jewelry piece and is most often heavy gauge wire. An armature and art beads example comes from Cyndi L. of Mazeltovjewelry who blogs about a piece she created using an armature. Another example comes from Hand Felted Jewelry and Beads published by Interweave Press and includes a bracelet using an art bead and an armature.
Art beads and armatures - another idea for your jewelry design!
(Photo credit: ABS Flicker gallery - ebbandflo pomomama)