Think about all the special occasions during the year when we give gifts. In addition to Christmas or birthdays, there are other special occasions such as
Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and even Valentine’s Day. If you design and make jewelry, then you probably often choose to make your own gifts. When the time comes to make a gift, where do you start. How do you design a jewelry gift that you can give with confidence? How can you be sure that the recipient will enjoy and wear the gift? While there are no guarantees, these tips may help you in the design of a perfect gift.
Begin by analyzing the person. Think of the person for whom you are designing the gift.
These questions may be helpful in the analysis. Does the person your are designing a gift for normally wear a lot of jewelry? When the person wears jewelry, do they choose large or small pieces? What color does the person most often wear? Do you know their birthstone? When wearing jewelry, does the person most often choose gold or silver?
After answering these questions, you should have some idea about what would be worn and appreciated. If you know the person very well, like a sister, you might feel confident in making them a bracelet, especially if your wrists are about the same sized. If you do not know the person all that well, choose another piece, such as earrings or a necklace. If the gift is for a man who rarely if ever wears jewelry, then choose a tie tack or a key ring.
Sketch the design out on paper. Starting on paper with pencil gives several advantages. You can add or subtract pieces as you work on the design. Set the paper down and take time to sleep on yuor design. If the article you are designing is for someone else to use as a gift, then show them the sketches so you can see if you are on the right track.
Next make a mock up of the design you are planning. You can use scrap materials to make this design model. Is the piece going to look like you want it to look when finished. If you are just changing colors from a previous pattern, lay everything side by side so that you can see how they will look together after finishing the piece. If you are working with beads, you may find a bead board is helpful.
Since you have made this gift yourself, you know that it will be unique. The recipient will not need a gift receipt to take it back because it is the third one he has received this holiday. In addition you often can give a far more valuable gift than you could ever afford. The person feels the love that you put into the gift as you took time to design and make it just for them.
By using these tips you should be able to design a perfect gift. While people may appreciate your efforts, they are certainly more likely to appreciate a gift made with them in mind.