Successful Jewelry Design Idea to Wearable Art

From set-up and sketches to successes and the evolution of design series, they take you through the journey to creating successful jewelry.

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Take an inside look at the design inspiration and processes behind three successful jewelry designers. Join artists Layne Freedline, Helen Driggs, and Steven Ford for an in-depth look at their individual processes for turning design ideas into wearable art.

Step inside each artist’s studio to discover the methods behind each and every one of their pieces. From set-up and sketches to successes and the evolution of design series, they take you through the journey to creating successful jewelry.

Order your copy today to:

  • Get expert insight on going from the drawing board to your bench and how to be successful in your own designs.
  • Learn to see the object and the construction simultaneously with Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist’s Helen Driggs.
  • Discover the inspiration behind each artist’s piece and how it reflects their artist statement.
  • See the transformation of a series of pendants with artist Layne Freedline as she develops a unique gem setting to show off a stone in a dramatic new way.
  • Explore key components to jewelry pieces, including keeping costs down, designing for wearability, and more.
  • Uncover the secrets behind using found objects, polymer clay, and metal in art jewelry as Steven Ford of FordForlano creates collaborative pieces with two other artists.
  • And more!


About the Author
Layne Freedline - Artisan jeweler Layne Freedline has been passionately metalworking for more than 10 years. Her label, Layne Designs, is dedicated to fi ne quality craftsmanship so that each piece may be treasured as an heirloom. A fascination with the earth’s gems and fossils has peppered her stylish collection with unusual gems from around the world.

Layne’s lifetime interest in jewelry and gems led to a focused pursuit of knowledge and skill. She began her career as a production assistant in a small artisan studio, and worked for another highly skilled craftsman during her college years. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Temple University, and is currently working on her Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America. She was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, by an entrepreneurial family to whom she credits her ambitious attitude, which was steeped in encouragement.

Helen I. Driggs
-  Helen Driggs is a Senior Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith who has appeared in several of the magazine’s DVD series, Metalsmith

Essentials. A BFA graduate of Moore College of Art, she has worked as an information graphics artist, art director, writer, and editor. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths, the Colorado Metalsmiths Association, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths.


Steve Ford - Steve Ford grew up in the Midwest, and studied art in St. Louis, Rome, and Philadelphia. He has been a full-time studio artist for the past 20 years. He lives in Philadelphia.

SKU: 12BD19

Author/Speaker/Editor: Layne Freedline, Helen I. Driggs, Steven Ford

Format: DVD

ISBN 13: 9781596689787

Customer Reviews

Loved it! Review by Penelope Linde

I am very impressed with this DVD. I found all the Jewelers to be very interesting and informative. If you are at a point in your skill development where you need to listen to some experienced,wise advise this is the DVD for you. Each of the three designers have a unique process for developing their work-I took bits and pieces from them all. I have lots of "How To" books and DVDs but, this one gives me the missing link-a methodology for creating my own jewelry. My one suggestion for improvement is the camera work. Keep the piece in the frame,and use high magnification whenever possible! close ups as much as

(Posted on 3/9/12)