I have been thinking about my recent post, 5 Years in Business as a Jewelry Artist and I had a list of 5 things that I would like to do in the next five years. I got to thinking about the next year of my business and thought it would be good to set some design and jewelry related goals for 2012.
TO DO: 2012
- Men’s Line of Jewelry
- More Wedding Bands
- Engagement Rings/Wedding Band Sets
- Wax Carving for Lost Wax Casting
1. Men’s Line of Jewelry
I have been thinking a lot more about wedding jewelry and in particular Men’s Jewelry. I recently bought a pretty large quantity of tools from a man who was unable to continue the craft of metalsmithing. Some of the items that came along with the tool purchase were a variety of tie tack, cuff link, tuxedo stud and tie clip findings. Findings are functional components that can be attached to jewelry such as clasps, ear wires, pin backs etc. I make a lot of the findings in my jewelry own jewelry as I feel that this gives my work a certain aesthetic that I enjoy.
I think the various men’s jewelry findings will be used in my jewelry in the new year. Some of the design choices I will make in order to design men’s jewelry may be a bit of a challenge, but I am excited to make a new line and new types of jewelry.
2. More Wedding Bands
I have a small variety of Wedding Bands currently listed in my Etsy Shop and Website. I have done really well with these different wedding band designs and I would love to make more. I have made many custom rings over the last year. Which can be seen over at Flickr along with other custom pieces.
3. Engagement Rings with Matching Wedding Bands
I would like to make some Engagement Rings for Women along with wedding bands that correspond to the engagement band. I imagine I will do more experimentation with various stone setting techniques.
4. Wax Carving
In the large pile of tools I bought, there was an entire lost wax casting kit. I also got a pile of wax that will last me forever. I am interested in doing some work with the wax, carving and creating wax models that I will cast into finished metal pieces. I am a little nervous about the casting as I have not done any casting since I was a college student. In my blog post 5 Years in Business as a Jewelry Artist, I talked about building a studio outside of my house. Part of the reason for this is that my casting set up is currently in my office and I do not really have the proper setup to do this in our home, although I may get some ventilation hooked up and just go for it in the office.
I am very pumped about making a new line of lockets. I am not exactly sure what they will be like at all, but I really have had great success with my current line of lockets and I really enjoy making them.