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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 May 2023
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781800920057
  • Stock: 50+
  • Hurt Stock: £10.00 (6 available)
  • Size: 190x246 mm
  • Illustrations: 400
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: £19.99
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Design for Jewellery Makers


Inspiration, development and creation by Louise Seijen ten Hoorn

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Book Description

A clear, comprehensive and practical 'how-to' guide and resource for all aspects of designing jewellery. 

This book contains expert guidance on design and the design process, and includes step-by-step project briefs and themes for readers to use as a basis for developing their own ideas. It is suitable for all intermediate and professional jewellery makers, as well as those attending jewellery-making courses and who have taken up jewellery making as a hobby. 

The book explores the design process in depth, from fundamentals of jewellery design such as practical considerations to high-level conceptual briefs. Included within its pages are:

  • Inspirational contributions from 12 contemporary jewellery designers. A chapter of the book shows how 6 of them apply the concepts in the book to their own practice
  • 16 design techniques: a mix of drawing and model-making techniques including how to draw facetted gemstones, sketching, producing a technical drawing, paper models, mould-making and casting
  • 5 technique-led projects: examples of how you can use basic jeweller’s skills together with the design techniques to create a specific type of jewellery. These include cutting out to make a band ring, press-forming for a brooch, and using repeated patterns for a necklace
  • 8 process-led design projects show different creative approaches to the same challenge. For example 6 different ways of connecting links without soldering, or 12 different ways of setting a stone
  • The book finishes with 10 open projects briefs and finished inspirational examples for the reader to try out and learn from.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
How to start 8
Elements of design 26
Key design elements 30
Personal style 36
Practical design 52
Material 54
Rings 60
Bracelets, bangles and cuffs 64
Necklaces chokers and torcs 70
Earrings 74
Brooches and pins 78
Cuff-links 81
Design techniques 82
Drawing 84
Model making 114
Plan... and make 144
Finding the right techniques
Experimenting 166
Process-led design
Themes 186
Inspirational briefs
Index 208

About the Author

About Louise Seijen ten Hoorn

Trained at the Royal College of Art, award winning jewellery designer Louise Seijen ten Hoorn lives and works in London where she creates one-off pieces, small production lines and commissions from her studio in Pimlico.

Louise works predominantly in metal, as well as materials such as plastic, rubber, and textile to create jewellery, objects and small sculptures.

Her work has been exhibited in the UK as well as worldwide in the USA, Lithuania, Portugal and The Netherlands.

Besides being a jewellery practitioner, Louise teaches short courses in design and jewellery making at various Adult Education Colleges in London.

Recent exhibitions and events 
GCDA Awards digital ceremony, Goldsmith’s Hall, London, 2021

The Re-Incarnation of Any Warhol, At Work Gallery, London, 2020

Connections/Connessioni, ACJ, The Light House, Glasgow, 2020

Connections/Connessioni, ACJ, Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, 2019

Tales of the Subconscious, ACJ + Gill Wing Jewellery, London, 2019

Centenary Exhibition, City Lit, London, 2019

Van Gogh At Work, At Work Gallery, London, 2019

GCDA Awards Exhibition, Goldsmith’s Hall, London, 2019, 2016, 2008, 2007, 2006


Selected awards

Craftsmanship and Design Awards, Awarded by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 2016

Goldsmith’s Fair graduate bursary, 2016

London Jewellery Exports bursary, 2008

Bright Ideas Award, Awarded by Craft Central and Sponsored by Deutsche Bank, 2007

Craftsmanship and Design Awards, Awarded by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, 2007

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