This section is all about good design. When designing for metal clay, the resources on this page should help you. Content checked July 2018.
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Whether you want to learn how to create a specific idea or just want to see something beautiful to help spark your creativity, Art Beads’ wide selection of jewelry ideas will give you what you need. These design ideas include pieces that have step-by-step instructions as well as inspirational designs that just show off how their products can be used in a simple way — no instructions needed! Great for designing for metal clay.
An Interactive Textbook by Charlotte Jirousek. This website is an online textbook designed for a Cornell University course, FSAD 125 Art Design and Visual Thinking. It was created in 1995 by the instructor, Prof. Charlotte Jirousek. It has some great information about design theory and includes really good illustrations.
A complete range of color effects is found in jewelry pieces from dazzling to subdued. With a little knowledge of classic color theory, creations can be naturally pleasing, bringing rave reviews for their harmony.
Designing Jewelry Using Design Principles – Janet Alexander
This blog entry on the Cornerstone website gives a good introduction to the elements and principles of jewelry design. Janet has lots of experience in designing for metal clay.
Interesting article from the Ganoksin website.
Useful resource for inspiration when designing for metal clay.
Japanese Design – Tonya Davidson
Useful article from Tonya about the Japanese design philosophy. Tonya has been designing for metal clay for many years.
Very simple and accessible blog by designer Jacob Cass. Learn the basics of design from an article written by Lauren Marie.
This website has hundreds of design ideas for jewelry makers. Each idea has a parts list so you can order the parts from the website. Great for inspiration.
This UK site is aimed at teenagers studying for technology subjects at school. It’s packed with resources about resistant materials (plastic, metal, wood), mechanisms, joints and fittings, electronics, tools. The sections about design, although aimed towards product design, equally apply to jewelry design. Working through the design process outlined here is a useful exercise for jewelry designers. Well worth a poke around.