This question always amazes me. I guess because I started it so many years ago and didn’t really have a master plan. It just happened that way. A lot of the people who ask me this question or even just make a statement, like “I would love to design jewelry one day… ” I would say 99% of them… Never made jewelry. They have great ideas for jewelry. You may even have sketched a few pieces. But that’s it. They have no bead be saitet, no wire bent or touched a torch.
Here I explain to you the basic steps you need to take before you can call yourself “jewelry designer “.
My advice on these questions and statements is “Okay, prepare to be shocked. ” First you need to learn how to make jewelry.
I know I’m multifaceted here, but I really don’t want to be. So I’ll give you an example of why you need to learn the basics of jewellery manufacturing, regardless of the type you want to design before unlocking the “designer Works ” subscription.
Have you ever seen this reality show Project Runway where they have a group of fashion designers and let them do all sorts of Funky stuff to win a contract?
It’s one of the few reality shows I’ve ever had, and what I liked the most was that they showed while designing – working – and that doesn’t mean sitting down with a sketch pad, scribbling something and handing it over to a flunky to sew. They worked with needle and thread-gasp!
They had a background in the basics. Jay, for example, who had won in season one, had actually helped his mother and sisters sew quilts. These people had an understanding of fabric, color, threads and the human body.
Link The example to jewellery design
It makes jewelry. You need to know what materials you use and how they work with the wearer before you can successfully design jewelry.
Often I have what I think is a good idea, but when I sit down to make the jewelry, it’s not always how I think it is. Through trial and error and past experience, it becomes easier and easier for me, but I first had to learn how to work with metal, gemstones, glass, fibers and other materials before I got to this point. I can do some prototypes and wear them a few days before I finish a piece. Although I have sketch blocks filled with ideas, these “ideas” require a practical wand-tinkering-before they become physical realities.
Final advice on starting designing jewelry
That’s my advice – it may sound too easy – and yes, after learning the basics, you need to take a million more steps after that, but that’s where you have to start. Maybe some disagree with me, may even argue that this just may not be the case as well-known designers don’t work that way. I bet, however, that for every Cartier, it was first a young man sitting next to his teacher on a stool, showing him the basics of the craft.