Lesson 20: The Fairy House

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In this lesson you will learn how to:

• How to identify natural gatherings even in the most urban settings • How to extract information from natural settings and convert ideas into abstract forms • Learning how to change your "design focus range", and find inspiration everywhere • Distill essential lines from any natural gathering to produce contemporary organic designs • Understand abstract compositions

 

 

Tools and Materials:

Digital camera or smartphone Tracing paper or painting program Sharpie pen and pencil Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper

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Pages: 23

Steps: 23

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

You must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

 

 

Lesson 19: The Wheel

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[one_half_last]One of my favorite designs, we explore the complexity of the Circular design, producing intricate Designs suitable for pendants and rings.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Camera Sharpie Pen Pencil Eraser Plastic Circular template

 

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Pages: 20

Steps: 17

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

You must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

Pre-requisite: I highly recommend taking a peek at Lesson 13 the Curve and Lesson 6 The Ribbon before reading this lesson.

 

Did you know that 93% of students come back for more lessons after one?

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Lesson 18: The Linked

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[one_half_last]In this lesson we start to scratch the surface of a very fun design method which will teach you how to design linked jewelry suitable for bracelets and collars.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Copier or scanner or tracing paper Sharpie Pen Pencil Eraser Double stick tape Scissors

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Pages: 20

Steps: 17

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

You must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

 

Did you know that 93% of students come back for more lessons after one?

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Lesson 16: The Broken

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[one_half_last]You're probably wondering... what in the world? Well, if you're a fan of minimalist geometric designs, you'll LOVE this lesson. We explore contrast between clean geometric shapes and how to give them an extra charm through distress.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Copier or scanner or tracing paper Sharpie Pen Pencil Eraser Camera or smartphone with camera

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Pages: 23

Steps: 23

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

You must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

 

Did you know that 93% of students come back for more lessons after one?

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Lesson 15: The Window

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[one_half_last]Historic architecture and ancient art have been used as inspiration for centuries. With this lesson, we start to scratch the surface of this powerful and vast source by using a very fun design method. Come up with ideas and sketches for intricate pendants, bracelets and rings!

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Webbrowser Copier or Scanner Tracing Paper Sharpie Pen Pencil Eraser Pencil Blender (optional)

More Info:

Pages: 24

Steps: 22

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

You must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

It is highly recommended that you at least read the previous lessons before getting this one, in particular Lesson 1: The Flower. In particular, Lesson 2: The Star is an important pre-requisite to this lesson.

 

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Lesson 14 The Cone

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[one_half_last]Have you ever wondered how Jewelry Artists come up with new and innovative ideas? This one-of-a-kind tutorial series teaches you HANDS-ON, through practical sketching exercises, how to design new jewelry ideas using the techniques you already know. This is not just design theory: you'll be designing dozens of unique designs after each lesson.

This is the 14th part of the series, and the first time we are tackling how to THINK of 3-dimensional objects. We'll be designing RINGS using a fabulous method that will help you to think three-dimensionally without having to know how to draw in perspective.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Tracing Paper Sharpie Pen Pencil Eraser Pencil Blender (optional)

More Info:

Pages: 24

Steps: 22

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

You must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

It is highly recommended that you at least read the previous lessons before getting this one, in particular Lesson 1: The Flower.

 

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Lesson 13: The Curve

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[one_half_last]Have you ever wondered how Jewelry Artists come up with new and innovative ideas? This one-of-a-kind tutorial series teaches you HANDS-ON, through practical sketching exercises, how to design new jewelry ideas using the techniques you already know. This is not just design theory: you'll be designing dozens of unique designs after each lesson.

This is the 13th installment of the series: after all that deep thinking during Lesson 12: The Book, we come back with some light and very effective design methods.

Have you ever wondered how some artists can come up with amazing sculptural and artistic designs for pins and pendants? Now you will too, with this eye-opening lesson.

Learn how to use the Curve to create exquisite pieces, while we continue to explore important Design concepts. You'll be designing so many pendants and pins you won't have enough hours in the day to construct them.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Tracing Paper Sharpie Pen Pencil Eraser

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Pages: 22

Steps: 16

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

Highly recommended that you have read and completed Lesson 5 The Heart, Lesson 11 The Cake first. Lesson 2 The Star is also recommended, but optional.

 

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Lesson 12: The Book

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[one_half_last]This lesson is completely different than the previous ones and will address the question you've been waiting for 12 months: how to develop a recognizable, signature style of your own. The lesson is personal and emotional. You'll be doing a lot more THINKING and WRITING than sketching, and will create your own personal Book, a guide that will help you to develop your OWN style.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or loose sketching paper A 3-ring binder Lined and blank paper for the binder A large box of Kleenex ;-) Pen, pencil and eraser A 3-hole paper puncher or plastic sleeves Access to a copier machine

More Info:

Pages: 28

Steps: 19

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

Strongly recommended to have read the other Lessons before completing this one.

 

 

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Lesson 11: The Cake

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[one_half_last]Probably one of the most important issues so far, we'll analyze the amazing power of Layering started in Lesson 10 and learn how to self-improve previous work.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Tracing paper Pencil and Eraser (YES!) Sharpie pen Access to a copier At least 10 design sketches of your previous (even if you did it without the series)

More Info:

Pages: 17

Steps: 5

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

 

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Lesson 17: The Strand

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[/one_half][one_half_last]Have you ever bought a strand of gorgeous beads without any what you'll do with them? Or have a friend give you a broken beaded necklace asking "Can you do something with it?."

Although there are a million different ways to create a pretty beaded necklace, this lesson will show you how to create some unusual designs using a single strand of identical beads reaching beyond stringing caps and spacers.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Access to a printer Sharpie Pen Pencil Eraser

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Pages: 25

Steps: 16

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

You must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

 

Did you know that 93% of students come back for more lessons after one?

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Lesson 10: The Butterfly

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[one_half_last]Butterflies are so pretty! Of all shapes and sizes.

Butterflies and insects have been used as inspiration in jewelry design since ancient times. How do you come up with unique ideas for this classic design?

In this lesson, we start to scratch the surface of two powerful concepts: morphing and layering. See how the lovely butterfly can help you to start working with two of the BEST design methods (at least in my book) ever.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Sharpie pen or Pencil

More Info:

Pages: 15

Steps: 15

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

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What people said about this lesson:

I really enjoyed doing these exercises. The steps are clearly defined and have purpose. Previous lessons are mentioned (and are available), but I was able to complete these exercises even without the prior tutorials. The ability to sketch is a pre requisite for this tutorial. Do not let this scare you. When one sketches, the eraser is a fabulous tool. The intentions and reasons for these exercises was explained at the beginning in an accurate and understandable manner. The exercises within this tutorial were easy to follow. The tools required are basic jewelry maker supplies and pencil and paper. Easy enough. This is a drawing exercise and I found it to be enlightening. By following each step, I was able to come up with jewelry ideas and conceptions. Designing jewelry starts with ideas and conceptions. I look forward to the next in this series. Posted via JewelryLessons.com

   

I was just thrilled to see butterflies on this tutorial. Let me tell you why. I was very close to my husbands Nana. She recently died at the age of 104! She really loved butterflies and I have been trying to figure out a way to honor her memory. Here it is! Thanks to this Think & Design tutorial I have started creating a line of butterfly jewelry. I'm still in the rough draft stage. But, every page here gives me another idea or refines an existing one. Morphing a butterfly & leaf is genius. And, one drawing gave me some great steampunk jewelry ideas. I can not say enough about how incredible the Think & Design series and Eni's Journal tutorials are. Thanks so much! Posted via JewelryLessons.com

   

...Had a couple of hours spare, opened the journal to the butterfly page and it was amazing the way I was able to come up with new ideas for the butterflies I had previously drawn! Fantastic! Posted via JewelryLessons.com

 

 

 

 

Lesson 09: The Bezel

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[one_half_last]Love cabochon stones? This lesson is for you.

This lesson is sub-titled "A thousand ways to design an Ornamental Bezel for a Cabochon". It is the first lesson of the series to use a the Cabochon and the Bezel, both jewelry components, as inspirational sources, so you are in for a treat!

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In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to dress up a simple stone to create glorious jewelry
  • The "Anatomy" of a bezel setting
  • How to use your own skills to develop unusual bezels
  • The incredible variety of options that are available to you once you understand bezels

 

What people said about this lesson:

I really can't say enough about this particular lesson. It's really important that you get the lesson on ribbons before getting this one in case you haven't done that already. It's an integral part of the design process. I have had some ideas rolling around in my mind about some different ways to bezel and embellish cabs. This lesson brought me so focused in on my ideas that I developed 2 of my bezel ideas within my first day of working this lesson. Posted via JewelryLessons.com

Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Sharpie pen or Pencil Lesson 6: The Ribbon

More Info:

Pages: 23

Steps: 16

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

[infopane color="7" icon="0032.png"]"I consider this to be one of my most important lessons! It removes all the mystique surrounding how to design a bezel for a stone. You'll find out that you can use YOUR OWN skills to design incredibly ornate bezels." -Eni Oken[/infopane]

 

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Lesson 08: The Leaf

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[one_half_last]One of the most popular lessons of the collection!!! Everybody loves leaf-inspired designs.

After the mind-bending Lesson 7: The Equation, here's a "green" refresher: a method which will teach you how to come up with designs based on Leaves and Branches, without falling into the usual naturalism.

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In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to break assumptions of what things look like
  • How to stylize any shape to its simplest form
  • How to adapt your shapes to jewelry design
  • How to transfer and borrow properties
  • How to understand the "Fishbone structure"
  • How to find inspiration around you, even from the smallest natural elements!
  • How to combine two complex systems to form very intricate forms

 

 

Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper A garden or your neighborhood foliage Sharpie pen (Notice absence of an eraser!) A Digital Camera or your smart phone

More Info:

Pages: 24

Steps: 15

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

"... just an amazing lesson, you learn so much!"

"I never thought I could squeeze out so many designs out of a simple leaf..."

 

 

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Lesson 07: The Equation

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[one_half_last]How do artists come up with so many designs?

Did you ever think that you could use Equations to create great designs? Well, it's not really math, but it's a very cool technique I developed based on limited conditions and variables. You'll be able to develop dozens of pendant designs using this method!

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This is what people said about this lesson:

This tutorial has to be one of the most inspiring ways for beginners or advanced designers to come up with unlimited fantastic jewelry designs!

All of the Think and Design Jewelry Series tutorial techniques are easy to apply and #7 is no different, it's perfect for those who love to doodle. Working through the tutorial step by step, drawing along as instructed and using the libraries created from this or past lessons, the designs seemed to materialise before my eyes.

Each step builds upon the last culminating in either simple or outlandish designs using as complex an 'Equation' as you wish by working through Eni's instruction of mixing and matching styles and shapes, then applying the design to more than one jewelry making technique during numerous case studies.

This lesson is laid out in a very logical sequence which would lead even those who think they can't draw/doodle down a new path of jewelry design discovery. I have found that these tutorials have enabled me to create 'fresh new' designs and avoid always being in the mindset of tweeking my previous designs to create 'something else'.

Eni has a very easy teaching technique, she keeps the designer engaged through good use of short steps/sections, repetative case studies, well thought out logical lesson progression, interesting layout and a bit of fun banter to boot.

I really do believe that the most important aspect to achieving the maximum results with this and any tutorials in this series is to draw. Relax, clear the mind and just draw. Have fun with it and you will find the fresh new designs just happen.

Overall I think this tutorial and the whole Think & Design Jewelry Series is great value for money (I am a Premium Member), it is like other jewelry tutorials in the way it can be used more than once to create even more designs,and it induces the beginner or even an advanced designer to create something 'outside the square'. Above all there is great satisfaction in and something special about creating and wearing your very own latest design. Eni enables you to do this effortlessly with this great modular design tutorial.

Review by BowerBird via Jewelrylessons.com

 

Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Small Blank Index cards Sharpie pen (Notice absence of an eraser!) A small Library of Fillers (see Lesson 2: The Star)

More Info:

Pages: 27

Steps: 24

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

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Lesson 6: The Ribbon

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[one_half_last]Learn how to come up with intricate designs for necklaces, cuffs and bangles!

Learn how to come up with incredibly intricate sketches for bangles, bracelets, cuffs and wedding bands. The "Ribbon" lesson explores "Linear Design" tactics you can use to create extraordinarily complex designs.

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This is what you'll learn in this lesson:

  • Ribbons are usually flat, long and linear, suitable for bracelets, bands and collars
  • How to use repetition (or not!) for effective linear design
  • A fun Design method called “The Quilt”
  • Using "Ropes" as a Design Method
  • How to use Fillers and Edges to enhance Ribbon design
  • Understand patterns in repetitive linear design
  • How you can enhance intricacy easily!

 

Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Tracing Paper (or Translucent paper) A Ruler or straight edge A Small library of "fillers" (see Lesson 2: The Star) Access to a copier or scanner Sharpie pen or pencil

More info:

Pages: 17

Steps: 27

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

"Never run out of ideas again!"

"This lesson unlocks the secrets to linear design, an essential to jewelry design."

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Lesson 5: The Heart

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Understand why the Heart Shape has fascinated Jewelry Makers through centuries!

Getting back into Design Structures, we tackle the Heart-Shape and all its complexities. You'll learn how to explore the full design potential of this fabulous shape. We'll also learn two new Design Methods: incredibly powerful tools which will help you to deal with all the nuances of this complex shape.

 

In this lesson you will:

  • Understand symmetry and how to break it
  • Uncover all the complexities of the beautiful heart-shape
  • Learn how to create your own "libraries" which can be used over and over again
  • Come up with so many ideas that you'll need checklists to keep things straight!
  • Discover amazing design tricks and methods

 

 

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Tracing Paper Small Index cards Sharpie pen (Notice absence of an eraser!) Access to a Printer

More info:

Pages: 30

Steps: 26

Format: Downloadable PDF file

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling. For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

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More than 500 people have enjoyed this lesson.

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Lesson 04: The Person

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[one_half_last]Have you ever suffered from fear of taking on a personal jewelry commission?

Creating personalized jewelry for someone you don't know (or worse, for someone you DO know) can be a daunting task.

In this lesson you will:
  • Understand what it takes to make personalized jewelry special
  • Remove the fear of designing for people, even those you don't know well
  • Learn to collect the right kind of information from commissions
  • Uncover FOUR different foolproof methods of designing for people

Detailed case studies included

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Sharpie pen or Pencil WebBrowser

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Pages: 23

Steps: 19

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc.

 

This is what people said about this lesson:

 

This was SUCH a helpful lesson. I make a lot of jewelry for friends and family. This lesson gave me new ways to focus each person's likes and favorites and encouraged me to write them down on a card.......something I have never done.

It also gave me hints as to how to find inspiration for new designs for these folks. I'm really excited to start to develop profiles for each of the women and may even try some designs for the guys.

As always, there was a lot of doodling in working out the disigns and I find this most helpful in working out designs,. Prior to taking this class, I felt I had no drawing skills and merely jotted down ideas then a series of lines or x's. Now I feel like a pro! StregaJewellry via JewelryLessons.com

 

 

I think anyone who is interested in design and challenging themselves will appreciate and benefit from this well-written and enjoyable tutorial. It's a mini-workshop! It's really got me thinking about people I already know and what I could design for them! It also gives me the confidence to think that personal jewelry design could really be fun and rewarding. Sometimes all we need is a little encouragement and a method that we can follow. This tutorial does a wonderful job of showing that if we are mindful of the people we create for ~it can bring out designs that we would never have previously dreamed of! Koreakiwi via JewelryLessons.com

 

Over 500 people have downloaded and enjoyed the teachings from this lesson.

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Lesson 2: The Star

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[/one_half][one_half_last]Picking up where the first lesson left, this lesson uses the Star as source of study and inspiration further your knowledge about Radial Structure. Learn how to create a valuable Design Tool which will help you to come up with interesting designs even during those lazy, uninspired days.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Blank index cards in two sizes: small and large (no lines) Tracing paper (or any semi-transparent paper) Find a Materials' Kit Sharpie pen or Pencil

 

More Info:

Pages: 23

Steps: 13

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seadbeading, glass.

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Lesson 01: The Flower

If you never tried the series, you should start here:

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The first lesson of this series uses the simple flower as source of inspiration to come up with new and interesting jewelry design alternatives. Learn how to use an elegantly simple method to create new designs even from the most overused source such as the flower.

Through practical hands on drawing exercises, you will start to understand Radial Structure and how to adapt a design to jewelry making techniques.

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper A vase of flowers or a flower garden Sharpie pen (Notice absence of an eraser!) A Digital Camera

 

Contents in this lesson:

  1. About this series
  2. Our inspirational source: The Flower
  3. About Radial structure
  4. Design Method: Shape Extract
  5. Adapting to jewelry making technique
  6. Case Studies and Examples

 

This is what we'll cover in this tutorial:

  • How to use a common object such as a flower as inspirational source
  • How to analyze your source object
  • How to understand radial structure
  • How to extract shapes as a design methodology
  • How to change only a few variables to your advantage
  • How to adapt your designs gradually to a jewelry-making technique
  • How to mix and match to form numerous design possibilities

 

More Info:

Pages: 21

Steps: 8

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling. For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seedbeading, glass, etc. [/one_half_last]

This is what some people said about this lesson:

This is a great lesson! Taking this tutorial realigned my thinking and was the reason I decided to purchase a premium membership so I could take the rest of the Think & Design lessons. First I was introduced to radial design principals which was incredibly enlightening. Then, step by step, I was taken on a journey that encouraged me to use the skills I already had to create a design of my own.

Each of us has a different skill set. My first love is metal clay then wire work. The steps to creating were a logical progression through simple drawing to incorporating the skills I already had. I would encourage everyone who wants to design outside the box to take this series. Your creative juices will be stimulated and you will be a much more creative jewelry maker by using these simple techniques. StregaJewellry via JewelryLessons.com

 

 

...there is no way to put a price on how wonderfully presented this tutorial is. From the first paragraph my creativity took flight. Eni is a fantastic teacher with a gift for keeping things clear and easy to understand while challenging my mind to go farther. Starts at the basics, building on each block until by the end of the tutorial I had so many ideas put down on paper I may never get them all created! Never again will I think where do artists get their inspiration from? It is inside us all just waiting for the right key to unlock it. Eni has given me the key. I can't wait to see what the next tutorial will bring me. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Bandtrart via JewelryLessons.com

 

 

There is hardly anything left for me to say since previous posters have spoken for me! "Priceless" is the exact word I want to use, too. I have a year of art school over 30 years ago, but I was having trouble getting that creativity going again. This tutorial has a wonderful way of walking the student through the sequential steps, building toward igniting that creative spark...but condensed. There is nothing wasted, every single word moves the student forward. It is a tutorial that warrants revisiting every so often, whenever I get a creative block and need some inspiration. It would be easy to substitute almost anything in place of the flower, for variation. Anything in nature, or even manmade, could be an inspiration. I already save pictures from magazines and online that I find interesting and am looking forward to see how I can expand that interest. I would recommend this tutorial to anyone. I wish I had found this sooner. Thank you, Eni! Cleew09 via JewelryLessons.com

 

 

This tutorial series is part of the Premium Membership. As a self described tutorial junkie with no art theory background, I want to move forward and create my own designs. This series is exactly what I need. To get the most from the lesson, you need to get out pencil,no eraser paper and start drawing. Eni takes you step by step from drawing a basic flower shape to turning it into a jewelry design. The writing is very concise and non-threatening. As you continue with your drawings, you see them becoming more complex. Ones head begins to spin with ideas as to what jewelry techniques can be applied. My next assignment is to turn my ideas into a piece of jewelry which will be of my very own design. Thank you Eni for writing this series (just for me :))and getting the creative juices flowing. I look excitedly look forward to the next installment in the series. Christine via JewelryLessons.com

 

 

I got this material as a part of my premium membership, but this information has such merit that it is impossible to put a price on it. Eni Oken goes into such great detail about how to come up with your own designs and elements. It is something that has been so important to me as a jewelry designer and artist. The technique at jump starting the creative process is laid out step by step. Be prepared to draw and doodle. I agree that this is the one of the most important parts of the learning process. I have already used her technique on more that just her initial suggestion and have already created some new designs. The images are awesome. So much detail has been put into the pictures and drawings to really lead you through this process. Eni is an awesome teacher. I can't stress how much this lesson and the lessons to come will help a designer to improve. Marci via JewelryLessons.com

 

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Lesson 3: The Cluster

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[one_half_last]Ever wondered how some people can design very contemporary jewelry so easily?

 

This lesson will:

  • Uncover one of the secrets to super contemporary AND vintage design in one swoop
  • Teach you how to use simple modules to form much more intricate work
  • Understand a very powerful and often misunderstood Design technique

 

Learn to design intricate, organic designs even if you are not an advanced designer

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Tools and Materials:

Blank Journal or lots of loose sketching paper Small blank index cards (optional) Tracing paper (optional) Sharpie pen or Pencil

More Info:

Pages: 23

Steps: 18

Requirements: You must be comfortable drawing, sketching or doodling.

For best results, you must be comfortable with one or more jewelry making techniques which allow "shape forming", for example silversmithing, metal clay, wire-wrapping, sculptural seadbeading, glass.

 

 

What people said:

Cluster what? When I started this lesson, I wasn't sure why in the world I would want to use one. I had made a couple of cluster type rings for my daughter and grand daughter but wasn't all that crazy about them.

I am a person who works like "less" is more. I like clean simple lines, mot a lot of beadwork and plain design. As I worked through the principals of cluster design, I realized that I DID need this lesson. Even with clay and resin, there would be times when I would want charms or beads or metal shavings or gears to cluster together and I could use the principles in this design to make my own piece look better. So cool! Posted by SJ via JewelryLessons.com

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