Once I've gathered all the components for a bracelet, I usually spent an hour or more getting the layout of the charms just right before I actually start building. Here's a step by step of that process.
For arguments sake, if I had paired the sun up with any of the other charms pictured, it would have been with the Earth and undefined planet in the bottom right corner. All are round, and all are celestial bodies. As such, I would have tried to divide the three up evenly. In doing so, I would have placed the sun in the center, and the planets on each side of it, not only because planets revolve around the sun, but because out of those three, the sun is the object which is the most different in shape and texture from the other two.
In this case the best balance for the cross is the palette, and for the wheat is the shoe. The arms of the cross help fool the eye into equating it with the wider palette, and the wrapped bundle of wheat is closer in shape to the narrow shoe.
I like to always use my two smallest charms at the ends of my bracelet for aesthetic reasons. At the end of the bracelet, you have the clasp, which is much narrower than the width of the rest of the bracelet, full of bead pins and charms. This visual change can be jarring, and make the clasp end look sparse or unfinished. By placing the shortest charms (and later shortest bead pins) there, your eye is drawn along a more gradual slope.
The other set of charms I chose to take next was the Earth and the unknown planet (Centauri-Earth in the novel). I wanted visual distance between the two objects, not only because they look alike, but because of the very great distance between them in the book. They are 300 years apart, and those who set fourth from one, will never live to see the other. This gives us a journey to follow, and so it makes sense for that journey to be represented in the bracelet by their distance apart.
At this point I try to go back and look at what has already been placed, and make sure I'm still happy with it. Sometimes I'm not, and have to rearrange items that were originally anchor points in the design. In this case, I just didn't feel like the 4 large charms were in the right order.
|Finished layout for the Across the Universe bracelet.|