10 Ways You Know You're a Jewelry Designer
What is a jewelry designer? Jewelry designer is a broad term referring to artists who use different mediums to create jewelry for themselves, to give away or to sell at a consignment, production or bespoke level. Another--and more fun--way to see if you fit the definition of jewelry designer is to read this list of ''you know whens.'' Post and pin your favorite ''you know you're a jewelry designer when'' to share with your friends!
#1. You know you're a jewelry designer when you bring molding compound everywhere, in case you see something interesting to take an impression of--like jewelry-making experts Christi Friesen and Lisa Pavelka did when they visited Prague. Read all about their adventures with molds in Christi's article ''Impressions of Prague''.
#2. You know you're a jewelry designer when beading is your favorite form of meditation and stress relief. Not even yoga can touch the Zen-like state you achieve when in the design zone. If you don't use ''Beading as Meditation'', Kristal Wick has some suggestions on how to make time to do so.
#3. You know you're a jewelry designer when you know better than to believe that bullpucky about creativity being genetic--you work for it! If your creativity was squashed or not explored as a child, you're probably still squashing it now--maybe without even realizing it--with phrases like "I just don't have it in me." See what our own Barbara van Look has to say on the subject in her exclusive article ''Is Creativity Genetic?''
#4. You know you're a jewelry designer when even your vacations are planned around making jewelry and learning new techniques. Have you heard of a polymer clay cruise? I hadn't until our own in-house jewelry designers Rose W. and Esther P. went to the Caribbean islands on a cruise ship with 50+ other polymer clay enthusiasts. Read Rose's firsthand account ''Polymer Paradise'' and maybe you'll suddenly know how to spend those vacation days: with sun, sand and polymer clay.
#5. You know you're a jewelry designer when you pick up random things outside to bring home for a jewelry idea you have. We're talking items like rocks, leaves, twigs, moss, flowers and even dead bugs--yes, bugs. You'd be amazed the textures and shapes you can get with some of these! Plus, they all work great in ''Nature Walk Jewelry'' designs.
#6. You know you're a jewelry designer when you watch award shows to look at the jewelry rather than who is winning the awards. If you ask me who won an Oscar in 2016, I couldn't tell you (except Leonardo DiCaprio because c'mon, he FINALLY got one), but I could tell you all about Whoopi Goldberg's diamond-encrusted octopus cufflet designed by Turkish jeweler Sevan Bicakci--it was gorgeous!
#7. You know you're a jewelry designer when you have friends over and they immediately ask to see the "bead room." And, you know you're not the most organized jewelry designer if your first thought is, "Oh no, it looks like a tornado went through there!" Let's face it--every designer faces the organizational challenge. See how jewelry-making expert and educator, Tammy Honaman, tackled her studio in ''The Big Cleanup'' for some organizing ideas.
#8. You know you're a jewelry designer when you already have four cabinets full of seed beads, but you HAD to buy more because you didn't have quite the perfect shade for your current project. I mean seriously, have you seen the color selection?! There is actually a lot of diversity in those tiny little beads. Learn about sizes, shapes, brands and more in our exclusive article ''Seed Beads 101 - A Jewelry-Maker's Guide to Seed Beads''.
#9. You know you're a jewelry designer when you wake up in the middle of the night and have to draw out a design. Or, you have an idea, but you know you need sleep, so you go to bed. But, you're too excited by what you're going to design tomorrow to fall asleep. Keep an idea journal to jot down those thoughts and maybe it'll help you clear your mind to catch some Zs. Plus, you can decorate the
journal! Just don't lose sleep over how you'll do it. ;)
#10. You know you're a jewelry designer when your friends and family have learned to just get you gift certificates to your favorite bead supplier for Christmas, your birthday and every other possible holiday. A gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems really is a handy present because then you can choose the specific tool, Swarovski crystals or whatever else you need (yes, I said need, not want).
We bet you can think of other fun and quirky ways to tell when you're a jewelry designer. What are some of the things YOU do that make you a jewelry designer? Bonus points if they're funny!
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