Learning to make jewelry can just be a fun hobby or if you get really serious about it; it can become a lucrative business. The skills needed to make jewelry and processes required go back to ancient times and in many societies jewelry artisans have held a high place.
The nice thing about this type of craft is that with a few essential tools, some basic materials, and simple drawings; a person can learn to make jewelry that is both elegant and complimentary to the wearer. It does take practice, just like any other craft, to acquire the artistry and skills which will bring dependably good results. So the true master will be the one that practices the processes of jewelry making over and over again.
One of the keys to making fine jewelry is coming up with unique and original designs for your pieces. If you spend time going through the various magazines and websites on fashion you can trigger your own imagination to come up with original jewelry that will stand out in a crowd.
If you will look at basic designs and then consider ways to combine these designs in various ways you can easily come up with new and unique designs. The transition from basic jewelry making projects that are designed for beginners to your own personal designs can be accomplished by taking time to experiment with different units of material that vary in size, shape and texture until you come up with a good workable design. Then you can decide on the sequence of steps to create the piece and write a working plan.
Even a beginner can build up a broad range of knowledge of the jewelry making craft by taking this approach while learning. This will, in turn inspire him or her to refine his ideas and make finer jewelry and tackle more complex projects.
Whether it is consciously or unconsciously, all good jewelry designers are influenced by the designs of those who have gone before, as well as the practices and art forms of contemporaries. A designer, that is truly creative, not only studies the objects made from the metals and materials in which he normally works, but he also studies other types of art and designs made from other materials and in other mediums to come up with jewelry designs that are unusual and unique.
Nature can also be a great source of inspiration as it has been to artists and craftspeople for thousands of years. Fashions do change throughout the years and so do styles in jewelry. But there will always be a place for a beautifully designed and well crafted piece of jewelry. Sure, it may be set aside for a time in favor of newer, trendy pieces, but eventually it will be worn again and treasured, as one might wear a Grandmother’s charms and lockets with pleasure and pride.
So, whether you learn to make jewelry for a business or for pleasure, one thing is for sure. If you will take the time, to not only learn the craft but to also master it, it will bring you hours of enjoyment and allow you to express yourself creatively.