Jewelry Design for the Rest of Us
Sep03

Jewelry Design for the Rest of Us

Article Written by : Art & Literature Intro to Jewelry Design as a Hobby: Guerilla DIY Jewelry Design In recent years we’ve seen a fantastic rise in popularity for Jewelry design as a hobby.  Forums, blogs, how to sites and online supply stores have been coming online in droves, to service the demand created by the ever growing legions of people that are undertaking Jewelry design as a hobby.  Jewelry design enthusiasts say that there is nothing that compares with taking an idea for a piece of jewelry that only exists in the mind and bring it into reality with your own hands.  Many other newbie Jewelry designers say that it is a way to relax and unwind from the stresses of their everyday lives, because it allows them to truly focus on their craft and their mind forgets about the things that have weighed so heavily on it throughout the day.  Both the newbie jewelry designer and the advanced designer understands that this hobby is one that demands that several skills operate in concert; because jewelry design requires a creative idea, some artistic skill and lots of patience.  Basic Skills Needed to be successful at jewelry design Some of the basic skills needed to successfully design jewelry include: wire wrapping, stitching, and stringing.  Even just mastering these basic skills will allow you to see how you can quickly begin making original works of “wearable art” in no time at all.  Mastering these basic skills opens the way for the newbie to begin making bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings. The hardest part is getting started and getting over the creative blocks that often form in the mind of the artist.   There are plenty of awesome online tutorial sites that will give you the inspiration, training, motivation and skill need to help you as you begin your brand new hobby.  There are also tons of blogs and forums where the newbie designer can get online to network and share tips, tricks and more, from more seasoned jewelry designers.  While there you can look at there work for inspiration and also get them to share their design plans that are as simple to follow as a basic recipe for your favorite dish.  Overcoming the Creative Block all Jewelery Designers encounter: Newbie or Pro The first thing you need to do is GET INSPIRED!  Its important to develop the ability, through practice, of getting inspiration from a wide variety of creative catalysts.  The first tip many advanced jewelry designers offer is to STOP and take a peek.  Simply by opening up your eyes to scan the room for something that catches...

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Introduction to Jewelry Design
Aug06

Introduction to Jewelry Design

Article Written by : Young Fashion An Introduction to Jewelry Design and it’s Origins Jewelry design is defined as the art or profession of creating, crafting, fabricating, or rendering designs made of and with the intent in itself; to become jewelry.  Jewelry Design in it’s essence is both the science and the art of creating art that one can wear. The History of Jewelry Design The history of jewelry design stretches back deeply into human history and deeply engrained in the earliest customes of humanity.  The first signs of jewelry design were seen in ancient Africa.  The African people of that day used perforated beads made from sea snell shells.  Creatively arranged jewelry articfacts have been unearthed as far back as 75,000 years.   In Kenya, beads made from perforated ostrich egg shells have been found that are estimated to be around 40,000 years old.  Researchers have uncovered numerous ancient jewelry designs that are oustandingly elaborate and detailed.  Some Ancient African tribes even used bones as jewelry, even piercing and integrating bones into their noses and other body members.  It is most likely that these ancient tribes considered this practice merely as the decoration of the body before they ever conceived of the idea of their creations being considered “wearable art” Apparently there are many ancient early civilizations seemed to inately begin the practice of jewelry design.  Primative examples of the origin of Jewelry design can be seen by ancient tribes’ practice of burying their dead with ornate jewelry garments made up of stones and other creatively arranged basic elements. Moreover, historians tell us that the practice of adorning the most wealthy and most important tribal members with the most ornate Jewelry designs dates back to 50 bc.  Jewelry even in ancient times were a sign of social status, tribal or ethnic affiliation and even religious significance. The first evidence of what become our modern day style jewelry design originated in ancient egypt between 1000 – 5000 BC.  Ancient Egyptian Jewelry desingers introduce working with precious metals like Gold for it’s luster, radiance, rarity, workability and Status. The ancient egyptians even then adorned themselves with the most ornate Jewelry designs to represent status, rank, authority and religious standing.   Not only were these ornate Gold Jewelry designs worn by wealthy Ancient Egyptians during their lives, but it was also, worn by them in death.  Some of the most valuable treasure finds to date consisted of the ornate jewelry often buried in ancient egyptian tombs among the rest of their valuables.  In addition, to gold, Egyptians worked with glass, along with a host of other precious gems.  Ancient Egyptians believed that...

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