Nothing beats taking a class with an expert jewelry artist to master jewelry-making skills. If that’s not possible, online courses are excellent ways to learn and expand your abilities.
But once you’ve got some basic knowledge, it’s time to find your own path and develop the jewelry-making skills that are best for you. When I began this job, I learned so much by reviewing all of the instructional jewelry resources we offer. It surprised me when our project compilation eBooks quickly became a favorite resource.
Are you a seasonal crafter? Or are you a small, jewelry business looking to expand on your current skill set?
Wherever you are in your jewelry making career, investing in yourself is an excellent way of ensuring your jewelry making skills develop, whether it’s simply for some me-time or you want to make waves in a new area of your business. Whatever the reason, signing up for some professional jewelry making courses will give you the skillset you need and the motivation you’ve been looking for to excel in your jewelry making career.
In any project compilation eBook, there are 10 projects that share similar techniques: soldering, sawing, wirework, hammering, etc., depending on what the topic is. Those 10 projects were designed by up to 10 different jewelry artists, who share how they do the steps involved. So you’ll see how up to 10 different artists do common techniques. See how they solder an unusually shaped piece or use a third hand (or avoid using a third hand), for example, and so on. One might use binding wire, one might carve a support channel in their soldering brick, one might use a third hand.
And it’s not just soldering—there are all kinds of techniques that go into projects that various artists do different ways. You wouldn’t believe how many different ways artists use a vise or add patina to metal. Once you’ve seen all their ways, you can try them and discover the ones that work best for you.
If you’re an established jewelry maker who already excels in silversmithing why not try something new? By adding a new skill to your repertoire, you’ll be able to expand upon your signature pieces, expanding your jewelry business into a new area. Not to mention that dropping your tools and stepping away from your current studio into a new environment to share new ideas with people will help you boost your creativity.
Project compilation eBooks are created around one technique or theme. So you can purchase only the ones that focus on the jewelry-making skills and projects you want. If you don’t like soldering, you can buy a wire one or one about cold connections. If you love vintage style, you can get 10 vintage-themed projects in a project compilation eBook with bonus filigree instructions. Do you love making gemstone jewelry?
If your goal is to work in the jewelry making industry and design your own work, this full-time course will give you all the skills required to get started in your jewelry making career. Exploring each area of industrial design and what you can expect as a jewelry designer, you’ll cover CAD software, laser cutting, create several of your own pieces for assessment, visit local exhibitions and trade fairs to gain a better understanding of the commercials of the jewelry industry.
It’s hard to narrow down our techniques–trust me, we know. But if you want to give it a try, we can help. You can focus on fold-forming jewelry, metal clay jewelry, or easy metal and wire beginner projects with project compilation eBooks.
Can’t get enough wire jewelry making? Try projects that feature wire weaving, wire earrings, wire plus pearls, wire bezel making, and wire coils. Plus, of course, wire findings. Take your wire to a new dimension with 10 chain maille jewelry projects as well as 10 chain-making projects.
Digital products allow you to have unlimited knowledge without filling your studio, bench, or bookshelves (though I love a print book!). Because project compilation eBooks are in PDF format, they’re universally easy to use on all kinds of devices and at all tech skill levels. Plus, printing is easy if you want a hard copy to mark on or refer to at your bench. They’re the easy-going friends of the digital world!