30 April 2023


BC Paperback flexi

190x246 mm



208 pages

Search Press

Design for Jewellery Makers

by Louise Seijen ten Hoorn

This book is a practical 'how-to' resource for intermediate and professional jewellery makers, as well as those attending jewellery-making courses and who have taken up jewellery making as a hobby. It contains expert guidance on design and the design process, and includes more than 30 inspiring step-by-step project briefs and themes for readers to use as a base for developing their own ideas.

The book includes examples of jewellery pieces by contemporary designers, sourced by the author, as well as the author’s own illustrations.

Following the introduction, the book includes an overview of the design process and the fundamentals of jewellery design, followed by practical guidance on making space, making time and managing your expectations. Also included are chapters on:

  • Practical considerations: everything you need to know in order to design functional jewellery, such as how thick to make an ear wire and how long a necklace should be. It also include information on surface treatments and finishes, allergies and toxic materials.
  • Design methods and techniques including sketching, technical drawing, making paper models and one- and two-part resin casting. 
  • Design project briefs: the projects will be structured into 4 categories ideas led by typical beginner’s jewellery-making techniques; material-led projects (experimenting with a range of materials and letting the designs emerge through the process); themed briefs (e.g. movement, animal symbolism, the seasons, family, labyrinth, fantasy); and open briefs for more experienced designer-makers.
  • Interviews, examples and advice from numerous contemporary designers.

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