When I started learning basic
jewelry-making techniques in high school, I did it for a variety of reasons.
Most of all, though, I wanted to find a way to create handmade jewelry that
would stand out and be completely different from the jewelry I saw in department
stores and catalogs. I wanted to express my individuality through my
jewelry-making projects, something that I still try to do, over twenty years
Of course, I still buy handmade
jewelry from friends and artists whose work I admire at craft shows and online,
mainly because I just don't have time to learn every single jewelry-making
technique out there. But what attracts me to the work of these other jewelry
artists is how they all have a knack for expressing their unique artistic
jewelry-making vision in their work. If you're still searching for ways to
express yourself through your jewelry-making, here are three tips you can use
to get started:
1. Look at the work of other jewelry
artists -- or don't. When I was teaching myself how to
make glass beads, one of the things that my teacher told me was that I
shouldn't spend too much time looking at what other glass bead artists were
doing. He was partly correct on this one, since looking at the work of artists
seemed to give me serious lampwork envy.
On the other hand, I learned a great
deal from looking at the work of artists like Althea Donathon, Loren Stump, Kim
Miles, Cindy Jenkins, Christina Logan, and Kimberley Adams. After a while, the bead envy dissolved into excitement at
what other glass bead artists were doing, and I went to my torch feeling
confident that my glass bead making skills would allow me to create something
that was my very own!
2. Figure out what you love and let
it kill you. Well, maybe not literally, but the
idea here is to figure out what stirs your passions when it comes to
jewelry-making and find a way to incorporate it into all of your designs. Do
you love using
upcycled materials in your
jewelry-making projects? Are you obsessed with a particular color scheme? Is
there a gemstone that speaks to you whenever you sit down to make jewelry? If
you listen to what your jewelry-making urges are trying to tell you, chances
are, you'll find something that is uniquely you in all of your
3. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. I don't know if it's true or not, but it seems that there
are a whole lot of perfectionists out there in the world of jewelry-making.
Fear of failure is natural when you're learning a new jewelry-making technique,
but don't let it stifle your creativity. When you sit down to create a new
piece of jewelry, approach it with the idea that whatever happens on your work
table is going to be okay. Even if you end up making a mistake that can't be
fixed, or you feel like your finished jewelry-making project is nothing like
what you originally imagined, you can consider the time you spent working on it
as an investment in future jewelry-making projects!
No matter if you're a beginner,
hobbyist, or a full-fledged professional jewelry maker, there's loads you an learn from watching your favorite jewelry artists demonstrating new skills and jewelry-making techniques. If you love to learn online, check out all the videos available on Craft Daily! For the cost of just one online class somewhere else, you get access to over one hundred crafting videos covering beading, jewelry-making, wire work, knitting, crochet, mixed media art techniques, and so many more! Subscribe to Craft Daily today and see how far your
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Do you have a special tip for
expressing your unique personality through your jewelry? Leave a comment here
on the Beading Daily blog, and let's share our ideas and inspiration
with each other!