Labradorite Love and Sketching Your Jewelry Designs

by Janine.
(841 Washington Street, Holliston, Ma)

Labradorite Love and Sketching Your Jewelry Designs by Janine  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Sketch and actual pendant

Drawing jewelry can be a daunting task.

I bough a tiny watercolor kit and designed pendants and earrings in a cute notebook I specifically purchased just for jewelry sketches.

I found that purchasing inexpensive supplies just for sketching future pieces really got me excited about it.

Labradorite Love and Sketching Your Jewelry Designs by Janine  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Labradorite feather pendant

You see, I like to skip that step and dive right in, making jewelry right away but there’s something about sketching and planning beforehand that brings up the level of quality for me.

I intend to sketch more this coming year.

I had this gorgeous labradorite stone hanging around from a gem show I went to last year.

Labradorite Love and Sketching Your Jewelry Designs by Janine  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Close up

I tried a few designs with it but nothing was working.

I then sketched it out using the shape to make more of a feather than a football shape, accenting the feather “notches” and using wire over the bezel in a swirl for extra sturdiness and flair.

Janine
Janine’s Jewelry Design

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  • Rena Klingenberg says:

    Janine, the setting you designed is so right for this gorgeous labradorite. And I know what you mean about the excitement of new sketching materials! I love seeing your sketch next to the finished piece.

  • Janine says:

    Thanks Rena! Every time they come out with a new gadget for sketching or painting I seem to be drawn to it. Lol

  • Carol says:

    What a gorgeous piece!
    I have been sketching my ideas for a few years now. I wish I had started a long time ago! Sometimes I start sketching an idea and I keep adding something here and there or take something out. If I don’t like the things that I try I just erase it out. I wait until I’m Pretty satisfied with the design and then I used good quality pencils/pens to choose my main palette. I can also add alternate colorways at the bottom of the page. My designs are so much ‘meatier’ now..lol

  • Alysen says:

    Janine, love labradorite too! I have several stones drilled and undrilled. Usually I sketch (only with pencil) several designs, but sometimes just go with the flow if it’s wire wrapping. I try that out in a cheaper plated 0.8ml first though to see how it grows.

  • Susan J says:

    Your piece is just gorgeous! Well done! I am just a dabbling hobbyist & have never really thought about drawing the design. Thanks for sharing!

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