Sunday, January 25, 2015

SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015

 So I've been getting really frustrated over my project recently. It seems like no matter how hard I try nothing I attempt to make turns out how I want it to. But I read something by this woman called Tammy Powley, that said, "You need to understand the materials you use and how they work on the wearer before you can successfully design jewelry.Many times, I have what I think is a great idea, but when I sit down to make the jewelry piece, it doesn't always turn out like I think it will. Through trial and error and past experience, it becomes easier and easier for me, but still, I had to learn how to work with metal, gemstones, glass, fiber, and other materials before I got to this point." This made me realize that it's not going to be as easy as I thought. I can't just expect everything I attempt to create to turn out like designer jewelry; I have to work at it. It's about trial and error. I'm not going to be instantly amazing, it's something I'm going to have to work at.On a different note, now that I'm starting the actual production process, I'm going to need some tools. Amazon, the place for all your needs, has some metal saws and clamps that I have my eye on and can't wait to use. I also want to learn how to solder stuff. I think I can get my dad to teach me that. He's pretty handy at those kinds of things.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SUNDAY JANUARY 11, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I know it's been a long time since my last blog post, so I'd like to say sorry for that. I wish I could say I've been really busy working on my project, but unfortunately I cannot. The past month I seem to have been lacking the motivation to work and get anything done. Rather than dwelling on this though, I've made it a New Years resolution to do more work on my project.

On an upnote, I've gotten myself an Etsy account and I hesitantly add that I have a name for it. It's not set in stone yet, but I would like to call it "Precious Dimensions."  I feel like this name embodies the feel of my jewelry, as it is very angular and line based, but also has some pieces with a soft touch to them. I have also been working on a logo design for my jewelry line. I don't want to rush into anything on this part though, because all of the entrepreneur websites I've looked at mention this as one of those big steps in a business that takes time. If I want my logo to be as recognizable as that of Pandora  or Zales, I'll have to really think it through and make sure it's just right.

For Christmas my dad got me some special artist pens with different tips. They are really cool and I have been using them in my sketches. They are called Faber-Castell's 8 Pitt artist pens and it includes eight different tips for different sized and shaped pen strokes. I'll leave a link to them below if anybody wants to go check them out.

 I've been looking into doing volunteer work for animals this year. Even if I can't travel very far or do anything extravagant right now, I'd still like to help all I can in Michigan. There are a couple wildlife rescue centers here in Michigan that have volunteer programs that I have been checking out, and I'm   looking into one that might have a teen program right now. I know I could just donate to these wildlife rescue centers, but I don't want to just be one of those anonymous donators. I want to feel a real connection with these places and get something real out of it. It feels more heartfelt to me to get involved ad get active instead of just throwing money at these places.