Feed Your Need to Create with Jewelry Making Online Workshops
Mastering a precise technique is but a first step on the journey to express yourself creatively. From there, your knowledge, experience, and imagination simmer together to erupt into personalized art, unique to you and your worldview. Through jewelry making online workshops with exceptional jewelry artists, Interweave strives to provide you with the knowledge to constantly feed your need to create.
Whether you make solely for yourself or you’ve taken the plunge into selling your work, the experience of jewelry making is deeply rewarding. Making something is by nature a personally fulfilling experience. Our creations reflect our preferences, our moods, and the themes that most move us. The way we choose to combine different techniques and materials is exclusive to us each time, something which gives great meaning to our lives. A feeling, a material, a color, a recurring dream that whispers to us—all of this can feed our maker mode.
You Do You
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an inspiring advocate of personalizing your work, something she emphasizes in her workshop Explorations in Jewelry Enameling. She embraces teaching a wide range of precise enamel jewelry making techniques that serve as a jumping off point. As she says in her workshop, these skills then allow you to find “ways to have fun and freedom inside of that, and really make a piece your own.” Even more techniques in kiln-firing are available in her sequel.
Susan is just one of the many talented instructors at Interweave that are passionate about helping you gain the know-how to bring your own jewelry making visions to life. Jackie Truty guides you faithfully through amazing techniques with Art Clay Silver, such as quilling and creating new mokumé gané pendants. She also teaches how to combine metal clay with resin and with faux cloisonné enameling. If you want to ease into metal clay jewelry making with basic techniques first, check out Darlene Armstrong’s metal clay series. There are so many ideas just waiting for you to interpret through your own maker lens.
Likewise, metalsmith Andy Cooperman focuses his lessons on a multitude of techniques for shaping, forging, and finishing. Rather than teach a specific project, he allows students to soak up knowledge and apply it to their own work. Andy shares the benefits earned from decades of experimenting with the flex shaft in ways no one else will tell you about. As he says in this Q&A, “Manifesting an idea in a concrete and tangible object is a powerful thing.”
New Horizons in Jewelry Making
Online workshops open doors by letting you glimpse the jewelry making possibilities that exist. By exposing yourself to new ideas and techniques from other artists, you gain new perspectives.
You may find something that you never even knew you loved, just by looking at it in a new way. As Kinga Nichols says in her seed bead embroidery workshop 3D Layering Bezels, “There are amazing things you can achieve in beading when you look at simple components in a new way.” A new angle might be just what you need to fuel your next project.
The Learning Curve
Learning new techniques comes with frustration and failure, but that’s part of the process. If it was easy, mastery would be meaningless. When you dedicate yourself to learning a new jewelry making technique, accept mistakes as a badge of honor.
Mistakes are as valuable as the techniques themselves in your journey toward improving your art. Polymer clay artist Christi Friesen says it perfectly: “With any medium, upping your skills is not only finding out how to do techniques better and practicing, but it is allowing yourself to make mistakes. You keep looking at your piece realistically. You can love it even when it’s flawed, but recognize those flaws and use that information to keep refining what you’re doing.”
Learn, Experiment, Create
Generations have learned the same age-old techniques, and cutting-edge trends have hundreds of people jumping on board. But take comfort in the fact that you will inevitably put your unique spin on anything you do. You can’t do otherwise.
So go ahead! Browse our growing catalog of online workshops in jewelry making and beading, pick a few that inspire you, and who knows? You might see a unique connection between two disparate techniques that drives your next design. Armed with techniques taught by expert instructors, you’ll use your own creative secret weapons to make your visions a reality.
Go be creative!
– Tamara Kula
Producer, Bead and Jewelry Group