Favorite Project of the Week: Designing Jewelry with a Shape Collection

Technically I think I’m cheating a bit this week with my Favorite Project of the Week selection. You see, this week, I’ve picked FIVE projects instead of just one! When you discover just how great this reference is, I think you’ll see why I couldn’t resist picking it as my favorite.

In her Designing a Shape Collection, jeweler Helen Driggs shows you how different versions of an identical outline can be used to form a complementary collection of jewelry. With the same basic oval, she creates a ring, a cuff, two brooches, and necklace. Each is incredibly unique on its own, yet easily works well with the overall grouping. Through the development and creation of the pieces, Helen shares a few “designing jewelry” rules and key tips for creating your own collections.

If you’d like to work up these same pieces, here are the tools and materials used:

Materials

  • Copper wire and sheet; varies with each design
  • Additional items, such as kimono silk and colorful yarn; varies with each design

Tools
For Concho Necklace with Colorful Yarn

  • Jeweler’s saw
  • File
  • Metal design stamps
  • Wood forming block
  • Hammer

For Recycled Leather Cuff with Faux Coral Branch:

  • Leather punch
  • X-acto knife
  • Tapestry needle
  • Jeweler’s saw
  • File
  • Metal design stamps
  • Wood forming block
  • Hammer

For Copper and Sterling Ring:

  • Jeweler’s saw
  • File
  • Metal design stamps
  • Wood forming block
  • Hammer
  • Torch setup
  • Ring mandrel

For Copper and Kimono Silk Brooch:

  • Jeweler’s saw
  • File
  • Metal design stamps
  • Wood forming block
  • Hammer
  • Torch set up

-Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books


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