Tips for Designing Custom Softball Jewelry
With winter’s cold temperatures and less than favorable weather, the excitement that softball season brings is all but a distant — and warm — memory. However, there’s no better way to build anticipation and celebrate the sport of softball than to create and give fashionable softball jewelry.
Softball jewelry comes in a variety of forms, including softball necklaces, rings, anklets, and earrings. Each piece can be personalized to create custom gifts that are both trendy and hold sentimental meaning. Also, they make for great sports gifts than can be worn both during and after the softball season.
You don’t have to be a professional jewelry designer in order to create stunning softball necklaces and other pieces of softball jewelry. In fact, all you need is a few simple tools and most importantly, a open mind and imagination.
The first step is to get inspired. Consider current trends in jewelry as well as your or the recipient’s personal taste and style. The internet and social media are excellent resources in terms of researching jewelry design ideas and finding inspiration. Once you begin gathering ideas, you can narrow down which ones work best for the look you’d like to create.
For example, charm jewelry has become increasingly popular, and not just for little girls. You may find a particular charm bracelet appealing, and can apply a similar design to the softball necklaces you create.
Next, it’s important to have the right tools. Luckily, many can be found at local arts and crafts stores. It may helpful to have a set of round and flat nose pliers, in addition to metal cutter, scissors, epoxy glue, a bead mat or bead design board, in addition to storage bins. A bead board is especially helpful when working with a variety of small pieces.
Once you have an idea in mind and the right tools, it’s time to begin creating a basic layout before you begin working on the actual piece. Some prefer to sketch their ideas on good old fashioned pen and paper, while others choose to use computer drawing programs. Use whichever you feel most comfortable with.
Now for the fun part: creating your design! You may find as you continue working on your piece that you find new inspiration. Have fun exploring different designs, combinations, and patterns. Many feel that the process of designing and creating a custom piece is just as fun as gifting it.