3 Tips for Expressing Your Jewelry-making Vision

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 later.

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 jewelry-making projects.

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 jewelry-making skills can go.

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!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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