Sketching Designs

Whenever I create a new piece, I almost always start by drawing out a plan. Whether it’s a necklace, bracelet, earrings, or ring, I usually sketch the backplate first. Then I will use my sketch to make a template for sawing the metal. Typically I like to save decisions about chains, clasps, earwires, and ring bands until the stones are set and I can really visualize the finished piece and how all components will come together.