Half the fun of making jewellery is thinking of the design. It is amazing what can become of a gemstone and a reel of wire. You’ve heard of writer’s block…well have some sympathy for us jewellery maker’s too as we have jeweller’s block!!
I have said before that most of my designs are freestyle and I think organic is a good word to use. Let me explain; I have my materials, but no pre-planned design. If I am using a cabochon (flat backed stone) for example, I will wrap the stone to secure it, but the main design will flow where the wire takes me. The problem lies when ‘jeweller’s block’ sets in – where does the design go from here, or that’s not going to work, or what do I do now?
I often find that when I do reach jeweller’s block I simply place my piece down and return to it the following day. A fresh mind can work wonders. Am I my own worst enemy for not pre-planning my designs?
I previously received an order to make a tiara for a wedding and in that instant, I had to draw the design I had in mind to receive the Bride’s approval before I commenced the actual design (you can read more on this here). I have also recently received an enquiry for an order – 6 bespoke pendants, each one to feature a heart. Well, I thought, there’s no getting out of this one…planning is definitely required. So I have put pen to paper (well, pencil actually), and have designed 6 variations of a heart.
Then something dawned on me; I am actually building up a portfolio of designs. When I think about it, I can compare organic designs and pre-planned designs to e-readers and books…you don’t have to have just one as you can enjoy both, each having merits of their own. In other words, I don’t want to stop creating organic designs as it’s very much a part of what I do, however, it has also dawned on me that pre-designing could be the antidote to jewellers block!
Is there any part of your lifestyle that’s organic or freeform, or does planning help you?
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