Thursday, September 21, 2017

Inspiration for Your Jewelry Making Designs

If you are creating jewelry for yourself or as gifts, where do you get inspiration for your designs? If you make jewelry to sell, where do you get new ideas for your designs? I thought we could talk about some ways to uncover fresh concepts for new jewelry. 

When you look at the natural beauty around you, does the sun sparkling through raindrops or flashes of sunlight dancing across the dew drops on the blooms in your garden remind you of colored crystals strung in different positions on a chain for a necklace? When you see the trees burst open with patches of color that mix with the greenery, do you picture colorful strands of round leather or wire with sliders or beads bound together in a clasp to form a bracelet?

If you have children, look into their toy box and see what you find there. Building blocks, crayons, marbles, colorful piles of paper - all of these can give you ideas for a piece of jewelry that is truly creative. If these elements alone don't inspire you, give them to your children and watch what they do with them.

Go online and research the current trends for jewelry. See what the stars are wearing or what the fashion designers are pairing with their styles and pick out the designs you like. Of course, you can't copy them exactly, but you can use them as models for the kinds of pieces you and your friends like, or for pieces you make to sell. 

You can get inspiration from anywhere. Have you ever taken a piece of wire and bent it into the shape of a heart or an animal? Why not take that wire and bend it into someone's name to form a bracelet?What's in a name? A new design perhaps?   Here is a video that shows you some basic techniques in wireworking: Wirework 101 Basics Techniques

If you're making a piece for a specific person, think about that person's personality, hobbies or career and make it a gift they will treasure for a lifetime. Do you live in a place where there are seasons? Someone may not wear an anklet in the winter but would love custom made full-foot jewelry that is so fashionable for summer wear.

There are countless ways to get your creative juices flowing when you train your eyes and your mind to really see what you are looking at. Trust your imagination and have fun doing what you love to do.

For more inspiration, see our new products here: Antelope Beads/New Products and develop your own new designs.