Sketching Your Jewelry

Blogged under Jewelry Designing by Tammy on Saturday 12 April 2008 at 9:57 am

I was reading one of the latest posts at Beading Daily, and editor Michelle March asked if anyone sketched their jewelry designs first? She even showed a sample of a sketch she did and then the finished product, so I thought since she showed everyone hers I’d do the same here. Pictured to the left is a scan from a very messy sketch of some designs I made for one of my latest books, Jewelry & Beading Designs For Dummies.

I actually made sketches directly on the book outline, which is something I do often to help me keep focused. I find this helpful because I normally have at least a few projects (books, articles, etc) going on at the same time, so the doodles sort of refresh my memory when I pick a project back up after having not looked at it for a little while.

For me, I have no trouble thinking up jewelry ideas, but keeping them all straight can be a whole ‘nother story! So, do you also sketch or have you thought about it? I know some jewelry designers may think you have to have some kind of great drawing ability or CAD software, but honestly, if the sketch is just for you, I think that’s all overkill. So, grab a napkin, scrap piece of paper, or better yet, buy yourself one of those little art sketch pads from the craft store next time you visit, and let your pencil go wild with ideas.


  1. Comment by Margot — April 12, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

    I don’t sketch. The designs are in my head and I just let them flow organically. I seem to be able to keep track of them which is amazing since I often can’t recall what I had for breakfast. I find my designs are so architectural and dimensional it’s hard to sketch them. I do suggest it to new designers, even if it’s just a way to keep track of ideas and colors and thoughts and quick drafts.

    Sometimes I’ve done things where they wanted sketches and I’ve broken down and done them, but more often than not, it’s all in my noggin’.

    Cool topic!


  2. Comment by admin — April 12, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

    You must have a lot of ideas swimming around up there 😉 I think it’s a personality thing. For example, I’m a major list maker too. It’s just intinctual for me to write stuff down I guess.

  3. Comment by admin — April 12, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

    errr..I mean in-s-tinctual….I guess it might be intinct for me though!

  4. Comment by Jackie — April 13, 2008 @ 6:49 am

    I always struggled to keep my notes in place where I could find them again. I got a software program called Bead Manager Pro a few months back and that helps me to keep notes about any new designs I make. Its“ if your interested.

    Not the complicated type of CAD software that you mention but useful for notes and keeping track of my inventory.

  5. Comment by admin — April 13, 2008 @ 8:37 am

    Keeping track is an issue. I do try to keep small sketch pads around, but they aren’t always nearby when I have an idea.

  6. Comment by Donna — April 13, 2008 @ 11:17 am

    The napkin has been the beginning of so many great inventions, the Ferris Wheel, the television, why not great art. Have you visited You’ll love it.

  7. Comment by Margot — April 14, 2008 @ 10:38 am

    Oh, but when I want stuff illustrated or to make a new website or a new logo, I sketch them on a napkin and give them to my webmaster. I know he’s thrilled about that…ha ha. I also paint and draw…but not my jewelry ideas.

    Yes, my brain has a queue and all of my ideas are in a line waiting their turn. Some of them are more patient than others!

    Great job so far on the new blog!


  8. Comment by admin — April 14, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    Yes, I’m so embarassed when I have to give my sketches to a “real” illustrator when writing my books. I can just imagine what she thinks.

    Thanks for the kudos on the blog. I love how it’s going so far. Can’t wait for my cool new template though.

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