# Why Math Matters in Jewelry Design

 Beaded Jewelry Design tips you can count onI always knew I was going to art school. I did not need math to be an artist. Guess what? Mom and Dad were right. Artists need math. Not algebra, thank the gods, just a grasp of numbers and relationships. At the very least we count our beads, but knowing which numbers go well together will make us better designers, almost the same as knowing which colors go together. This is a formula to use to our advantage! Here’s how: Easy as 1, 2, 3Pick a number–let’s say 3. When you string patterns, make each section or accent group from factors of your number. Factors are numbers you multiply to get other numbers. So 3 is a factor of—6, 9, 12, 15, and so on. Sounds dreary but it’s kind of cool. And though by no means is this method something you must do, you won’t believe how much it ties your design together visually and gives you a framework to use to make choices.

Let’s do the math
The 2009 edition of Creative Jewelry really sums up my theory in many of its projects. Check out some of these examples to see what I mean: