Optical Illusions

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Optical Illusions

“That” Dress

Apparently the internet  loves optical illusions. Although optical illusions have been around since we’ve had eyes, we are still constantly tricked into seeing something  differently  to how another person may see it. I only have to mention “that” dress, and the whole discussion about what colour the dress is starts all over.

The discussion has been raging for a while now, and more than 39 million people have seen and discussed the dress. There are various explanations as to why people saw the dress in different colors,  but I wont  go into them here. But in case you missed the buzz, here it is again.

 

That dress
The dress that sparked an internet debate.

Other Illusions

The dress was just one of many illusions taking the internet by storm. Others illusions are simply cleverly designed drawings where two or even three possible perspectives are possible.  One website that shows these to their full advantage is BrainBashers. If you want to lose your mind for a few hours you should check these out.

 

5D Stereogram

Perhaps you remember those 5D Stereogram books we used to have where you sat staring at a picture until your eyes became tired and slightly crossed over? The picture suddenly changed right in front of your eyes and an altogether different scene jumped right out of the page? They were awesome  and so very very popular. These 5D Stereograms still are an interesting test of how our brain works. That’s right, all optical illusions have very little to do with our eyes and lots to do with how our brains work.

Optical Illusion Jewelry

Whatever your interest in optical illusions, my  own interests in optical illusions are very simply… They amuse me, and they make a very nice medium for jewelry design.  for design purposes I use the more simple  illusions like the one below where the centre circle appears  to move independently  from the background.

Optical illusion
Optical illusion

 

Or this one below, where even the slightest head movement makes the rings move. Which way do the wheels spin?  There is no correct answer!

Optical illusions
Optical illusions

Optical illusions  can add  movement to a pendant or other piece of jewelry without required mechanical features.  The pendants I have created draw the eye, not because they are adorned by shiny baubles or sparkling diamonds, but simply because of the perceived movement coming from the pendant itself.  Whether you are looking straight at , or catching it from the corner of your eye, these pendants will question what you just saw making for an interesting conversation piece.

Since optical illusions have captured  my own imagination I have been  searching for a way to add them to my designs. Lots of time was spend looking at illusions and it was a fun project to undertake. In the end it was simply a case of framing the illusion in a small tiled pendant as any other method simply lost the illusion.  You can find some of the results  in our Optical Illusions Category.

 

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