An important aspect of jewelry-making is something that most makers can pass up. Making jewelry is easier now since anyone can find hundreds of different designs from professionals online. That means makers can skip this process and use whatever design they like to make the pieces for their jewelry display.
There is an advantage to designing your jewelry, though. You can create your personal signature via the style you end up making. The creative fulfillment one gets from making a beautiful piece of jewelry is double knowing you designed as well. And once your customers know that the design is all you, and they love it, it's an affirmation that you are making something that makes people feel good. Especially considering it was in your imagination til recently.
Before you start, though, apart from having the design in mind, there are a few things you need to consider during the design process.
Perspective is something you need to broadcast your design. You want your designs to catch the eye of anyone, learning to manipulate people's view using perspective is the way to go. By making your piece pop up is the way this can happen. Luckily, for jewelry design, you don't need to learn different types of art perspective.
One-point perspective is a perspective that has only one vanishing point. Vanishing points are the place where all the converging lines would meet.
For instance, If you are looking at a rectangular object, the front part of it is in front of you. Now, if the drawing used two-point perspective, the angle of the object would be in front of you.
Learning to use one-point perspective in your design will increase the chances of your pieces being noticed by anyone who glances at it.
When you draw your possible design, already remember that you should scale what you make. This is an imperative to creating it. You need to make your rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings on 1:1 scale, never make it smaller than that. It helps you visualize how it would size-wise when you produce it. You will also need to make a larger scale to get a close-up for placing tiny gems or details.
At the same importance as scale, the proportion is a must. Not applying the right proportion will result in the pieces to lose the shape you wanted it for and might event become a different piece altogether. Jewelry dimensions and sizes are required o be precise because the slightest deviation will make a significant and noticeable and might even turn off the buyer.
Once you've made your design, you have to take another factor into consideration. The practicality of your piece. No matter how good your piece looks, if it's uncomfortable to wear (or worse, can't be worn) at all, that defeats the purpose. Regardless if it's small and or big and luxurious, you want it to be worn.
Now, if you're making a piece that is meant purely for a jewelry display and not for wearing then go ahead and design away. If you want to sell jewelry for people to use, then always make sure that the items you will make will be wearable and comfortable.
These are the fundamentals of getting into the design aspect of jewelry-making. There are more technical parts to it but getting the spirit of it helps in getting you to the right path.
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