Jewelry Design Course Outline- Sheffield School
Topics covered in the Jewelry Design Course.
The Sheffield School's Jewelry Design Course covers everything you need to know about the art and business of making jewelry. The following does not touch on all our Course covers, but it will give you a sense of the scope of the Course:
• Examining the world with a “Designer’s Eye”.
• Looking at jewelry in a new way.
• Overview of the history of beading.
• Different places to obtain materials and the advantages of each.
• Common jewelry making tools and supplies.
• The different components from which jewelry is made.
• Basic color theory as it relates to jewelry design.
• Common styles of jewelry.
• The roles of Bead Societies.
• Basics of photographing jewelry with a digital camera.
• Pricing your jewelry.
• Common stringing materials and wire-working tools.
• Attaching findings, opening and closing jump rings.
• Creating basic loops and wire wraps.
• More advanced wire-working and stringing techniques.
• Developing your own unique style.
• Copyrighting and protecting your work.
• Creating simple knotted necklaces.
• Finishing necklaces with French wire.
• Working with heavy gauge wire.
• Creating spirals and decorative elements with heavy gauge wire.
• Keeping track of color trends and why this may or may not be important to your work.
• Creating your own findings: clasps, headpins, earwires
• Basic forging techniques.
• Photographing jewelry for online sales.
• Creating a brand: What are the different elements that make up a brand?
• What is a jewelry line?
• Putting together a collection of jewelry.
• The basics of opening a small business; what to consider.
• Creating a business plan.
• How to get your items produced in quantity.
• Staying inspired as you tackle larger creative projects.
• Creating a jewelry display for a craft fair or trunk show.
• Etsy and other online marketplaces.
• Creating your own website to promote and sell your work.
• The basics of online marketing.
• How to sell your jewelry online.
• How to host a trunk show.
• How to participate in a craft fair.
• Overview of some jewelry making techniques that are not covered in this program.
• Suggestions for places to receive further training in techniques that require a supervised laboratory environment.
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