Yesterday I talked a little about not skimping on quality when it comes to your findings, and I wanted to go a little further with that theme today.
You see, when you are making jewelry, there are three things you want to keep in mind.
- How it looks,
- How it feels,
- How it holds up.
I’m going to start with the third: How it holds up. Quality, while it’s not the most exciting thing in the world, is one of the more important. If your rings aren’t tight, your crimps aren’t solid, and you are using fishing line to string beads on, you might as well just throw the whole mess away right now. The durability of a piece needs to be considered when putting together a design, to ensure that the first time the wearer puts it on, it doesn’t turn into a jigsaw puzzle.
There are, of course, exceptions. I had crafted a gorgeous sterling wire neckpiece that was attached to a fine chain. Crystals dotted the neckpiece, and while the multiple wire-workings were held together with jump rings that were solid, it wasn’t going to hold up to heavy duty yanking! The woman who bought the piece was holding her toddler in her arms, and of course the baby (a little girl who probably couldn’t help herself, it was sparkly and pretty!) grabbed the neckpiece and PULLED. The neckpiece snapped in half, and fortunately I was able to put it back together on the spot.
But for the most part, your jewelry should be able to withstand some degree of abuse. Granted, I want every buyer and giftee to be as careful as I am when wearing a piece that I’ve crafted, but I have to be sure that it’s going to hold up under normal wear conditions.
So use quality findings, work quality into your pieces, and don’t hesitate to redo or start over if you think something might be “too” delicate for the wearer. Make sure when someone hears your name or company name, they think Quality.
Tomorrow: Rule #2 – How it feels!