Although jewelry designing is a rather hip and fashionable profession nowadays, second only to fashion and apparel designing and although jewelry designers have transformed into some kind of celebrities, commanding name, fame, glamour and money and leaving their humble past behind to be engulfed in the shroud of oblivion, jewelry making is actually an ancient craft/art practiced by artisans and craftsmen right from the inception of civilization.
If you open the pages of world history, you will find that wearing jewelry was a popular mode of decking up, preferred by men and women alike in all the countries, in all the ages. It is only now that jewelry designing has become a profession or hobby much in vogue and is currently considered the “in” thing.
If you aspire to be a professional jewelry maker/designer, you would do better to enroll in a premier jewelry designing institute/school or college where you can learn the tricks and techniques of jewelry making, fine tune your skills, learn the ropes of the jewelry industry and business and be rewarded with a professional degree or diploma at the end of your course, which will give you an extra edge in the competitive market.
But managing a berth in these elite institutions is rather tough for the aspirants are many, seats are few and there is the hurdle of a tough entrance exam to crack.
So your next best options for mastering the techniques and skills of jewelry making are online jewelry making courses, tutorials and instructional videos which are excellent for those who want to learn the techniques to give vent to their creativity and take jewelry making up as a hobby.
There are also books, e-books, magazines, E-magazines and free jewelry making and instructional websites from where you can learn the techniques, procedures and methods of making fashion jewelry. The books and websites are all provided with step by step illustrations and easy to follow guidelines.
Some of the best books from which you can glean the techniques of jewelry making are:
- Bead and Button Magazine
- The Art of Jewelry Design: From Idea to Reality by Elizabeth Olver
- The Art of Making Jewelry by Jessica Wrobel, Tammy Powley and Deborah Krupenia
- The Book of Beads: a Practical and Inspirational Guide to Beads and Jewelry Making by Robert Budwig and Janet Coles
You can learn the techniques of beading, soldering, polishing, sculpting a piece of creation, the different styles of making jewelry, essential design tools, creative concepts, other elements and techniques of jewelry design from these books, courses and websites and magazines.
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