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Taking Your Wire Jewelry Making to the Next Level.
by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com
Jewelry Inspiration for May 23, 2014
Taking your Wire Jewelry Making to the Next Level!
It’s a long weekend, and hope you are looking forward to some rest and relaxation. Today I wanted to feature some of an older article that I found here on our blog. I think it’s well worth a re-print. It has some great suggestions for taking your own personal jewelry making to the next level. I hope you enjoy it!
We all yearn to achieve – it’s human. The same can be said for the art of jewelry making – you want to get better and better at it. Is it just practice alone that will help you reach a higher level of output? Not really since learning is something that comes through new experience drawn on from outside of ourselves. So, take some time to research what part of the art form, of wire jewelry making that you want to improve on and develop a plan of action.
The design itself can be studied by looking at the work of other artists creating wire jewelry. Note that most designers have stylized their jewelry to their own particular taste which actually reflects their personality.
Ask yourself: are you effectively capturing your personality and infusing it into your jewelry? If not, ask someone to tell you if they can see the connection between you and your pieces and where there might be something missing. Often others can help shed light on who we are especially a good friend.
Another effective way is to study wire jewelry design is through books, Instructional DVDs and even online tutorials or in person classes in your local area.
The key is to build upon where you are and not start over and become someone else’s idea of what designs “should” come from within you. You need a facilitator that knows how to pull it out of you and that is the type of mentor / teacher to look for, regardless of the format.
Beyond design of course is mastering the art of creation with your hands. You must select the right jewelry making supplies and use the right tools. Again, classes, training products and books can go a long way to help you achieve that next level of wire jewelry making.
Finally, the best way to know what is really an expression of your style is to look at the parts of wire jewelry making that come easy to you and the areas that you struggle with.
The easy parts are those that are “really you” and the parts that you find difficult are where you have not yet made that connection. It is probably best to focus on the difficult aspects one at a time until they become easy and continue this process until it feels like you can design and create jewelry in your sleep!
I hope you will take a few minutes this weekend as you are relaxing by the pool and wander through our site.
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June 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm
I am so glad you brought this article back as a feature. I never read it before I must have missed it. This is a very good explanation of the process that happens in designing a piece. I have done this in my own pieces and in teaching others. I always get the statement, from my students, that they don’t have any creativity. But after finishing a class and seeing the piece they have created I also hear I didn’t know I could do such a wonderful piece of jewelry. I just love to make believers out of skeptics. If anyone reads this article they too can follow the steps and make beautiful jewelry, they just have to believe in themselves and let the creative juices flow. BeBeaz