Today’s blog post is all about focus.
In order to be good at jewelry making, a great deal of attention to detail is required. In the beginning, when you are learning a new craft, your mind is all over the place. You’ll easily get distracted. If you don’t believe me, just walk into a store or browse online and you will find yourself being pulled in every direction until you forget the reason for the visit in the first place.
In other words, you become a kid in the candy store.
How many times have you said, “I’m going to get this and use it later.” What happens is it becomes out of sight, out of mind or later on, you’ll get the exact same item, which is even worse.
In order to get rid of old habits, they have to be replaced with new ones.
Here are two tips that will help you stay focused while crafting:
#1. Use the ‘pick and stick’ approach.
Whichever jewelry medium you choose to learn, stick with it and learn everything about it before moving on to a new medium. Sticking to one jewelry medium at a time reduces I.C.S. (inner child syndrome) where you buy everything that’s in sight.
#2. Work on one tutorial at a time.
Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, blogs and Facebook groups have tons of DIY projects and tutorials. You can spend hours on these platforms bookmarking, printing, screenshot, and signing up for any and every mailing list out there. To go even further, you'll justify the clutter by telling yourself that you “plan to work on them” but in actuality it never happens.
Work on one project at a time.
When starting out, it’s best to do a project that’s 30 minutes or less. The reason why most people are frustrated with jewelry making, in the beginning, is because they bite off more than they can chew. Save yourself the frustration by working on tutorials with 3 to 4 steps maximum. The fewer the steps, the easier it is to backtrack where you went wrong.
Once you’ve mastered fundamentals and techniques at a beginner’s level, then you can challenge yourself with projects that are intermediate and advanced levels.
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