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For Lack of Something Better... :/

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Does anyone ever get "jeweler's block"?
Ever feel like your creative juices are basically depleted?

I've been feeling like that a lot lately. Feeling like my stuff just isn't good enough. Like I'm not nearly as talented as most other Jewelry Designers. And I especially feel it when I'm on Etsy and comparing my site to all the others.

I mean I don't have all that much money to be able to be buying top of the line materials every week, so I guess that makes it harder to find the energy and confidence to create.

-sigh- Forgive me for being so depressing! Just wondering if anyone else ever feels this way and if anyone have any advice to help?

I managed to make these earrings within my creative slump. But once again I haven't impressed myself. Ugh. :/


Metal bla,nks, embossed em myself, Czech disks and mushroom beads, Magatamas, handmade ear wires, wire.

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  1. A Little Pizzaz aka Judy
    A Little Pizzaz aka Judy says:

    I think these earrings are gorgeous – love ‘em. Advice: Do NOT compare yourself to others. Look at where YOU were a year ago and where YOU are now. This is about how you are doing; not someone else. I think everyone has creative slumps here and there; hang in there.

  2. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    I really like both of these, the colors and design are beautiful! As for the slumps…I’m sure we have all been there once or twice. Just keep plucking away, and it will all flow together eventually :)

  3. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Ditto to all above! Great earrings! Keep the faith !!!

  4. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    I agree, you have to find what you like to design and put your spin on it. These earrings are adorable, colored & not. When I am in a slump, I go back to a basic design, like simple stringing of beads on wire, or like you, I make earrings. Then I get motivated! Keep on going!

  5. BeadlingatMonsterPajamas
    BeadlingatMonsterPajamas says:

    These earrings are gorgeous!
    Don’t compare to Etsy, a lot of the people on there have been grinding for years, since before Etsy had a million shops. Join a group, get on pinterest to get new ideas, type in random keywords in google or bing search boxes and look for ideas. I get in a slump sometimes, and I get out of it by learning something new.
    And you don’t need a lot to make beautiful Jewelry. I don’t always have a lot to spend on beading supplies, but I make due with what I can afford :)
    Have confidence in your designs. They really are beautiful

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    I love these! And speaking as a professional watercolorist as well as a jewelry designer and creater…..I lost count of all the slumps I have been in! LOL Don’t lose heart! I find alot of inspiration in my art/jewelry books as well as nature. Just don’t get depressed about it–the creative juices flow when they are ready!

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    deleted says:

    These earrings are gorgeous – no lack of creativity here! This design has a lovely energy and a high end look, which shows that slumps are just the mark of a talented person, and the good stuff always comes back. It has always surprised me when I see a fabulous design in a magazine and the designer mentions how many false starts they had or how many times they ripped it apart until they got the right combination of materials and technique.

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    deleted says:

    I just wanted to add…how about taking your lovely earring designs to a local shop that sells on consignment? It’s an instant lift when the shop owner is telling you about the happy customer who bought your piece, and it’s a little bead money in your pocket.

  9. N Taylor
    N Taylor says:

    Truth is everyone experiences a little block. And then you read something or go to a shop with ready made jewelry and you see the price. And you know I can do that! Or better I can change it and make it mine.
    Your work is nice. Don’t let anyone overwhelm you. Take pride in your work and remember it needs to be fun.

  10. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Hi Jet~~~~~~~~I like these designs. Especially the swirly things on top. I often run out of ideas,but that’s ok. One of the things that’s interesting about your creations is the fact that you have the knack and ability of turning inexpensive materials into art.Maybe that’s your personal gift? I agree with the other ladies in saying don’t compare your work to anyone else’s. We are our own worst critics,no?
    If you go through a patch when you’re uninspired,just go with it,and don’t force anything. It will come back to you.
    Design,at least to me is 5% work,5% materials and 90% emotion. I think your work is impressive and fun to look at. all of your creations tell a story.
    Don’t be discouraged. Let yourself create when you’re feeling the design,or when something pops into your head. :)

  11. DayLily aka Del
    DayLily aka Del says:

    These earrings are beautiful, Jet. And you have to remember that this is a site for jewelry designers and so the standards are very high. You want to create jewelry for people who are not designers. I have made very simple pieces for people who always tell me how wonderful they are. So don’t compare yourself to others. And most people on this site have been making jewelry for decades. You will find your style and your market. Use the etzy site to showcase your jewelry and to network with people and designers.

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Jet, First, all of your work is great–and these earrings are a stunning and unique reflection of that! I know what you mean about the creative ideas drying up! I’ve just been thru a 6 month spell, and I agree IT IS depressing. When this happens I just put those worries aside, make peace with it and accept it (knowing that it will pass), and just allow inspiration to come from sources you might never think! When I don’t force it–then the ideas come! Be patient–it WILL get better! :)

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    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Everyone else has already said so much good and to the point things; I’d like to pick up on this: you can’t have a slump if you aren’t creative to start with! It certainly is there, I can see that in your earrings!
    Learn new skills, look around at ideas, but make your own version — which could be rustic maybe… but many people like stuff which doesn’t look factory made, that’s the point! (Not that your earrings look particularly rustic — just an example :-) )

  14. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Jet, just be assured you are not alone. We all “hit the wall” when it comes to being creative. I think everyone who shows their work here in the gallery can sympathize with you. Personally I’ve been through the blahs so many times I’ve lost count.

    My best go-to for help is playing around with scribble designs….basically mindless doodling. Creating patterns in the accidental shapes the emerge or combining shapes for a different look. This is working on designs at the most basic level and generally helps me fight the doldrums. It is creativity 101!

    As for comparing your designs to the work of other jewelry artists on Etsy, don’t. It is a no win situation. That way lies madness and depression. Admire their work but remember you have creative gifts and you can do exceptional designs with simple or inexpensive materials. It’s not the cost of the materials that matters, it is what you do with them and these ear rings are are an excellent example of creativity… your style of creativity and it is GOOD!

    Didn’t mean to write a book. Here endeth the reading of the first lesson. :D

  15. A Rozmin
    A Rozmin says:

    My way of getting out of a block is to clean up my work area. I put all the beads away, get to a clean surface and then start over with some materials that I found while putting stuff away. Additionally, I like looking at other designs online and in books. The big museums have Facebook pages and many post pics of art every day. Also, I like to watch costume dramas on TV to get inspired by the fabrics and jewelry, especially Elizabethan and Downton Abbey. And, check the latest designs posted here, too, of course!

  16. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Agree that we all feel uninspired at times…that’s were the discipline of creativity kicks in. Keep on keeping on…
    some great experience and advice already shared. Love it!

  17. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Hi Jet. Let me first say your earrings are gorgeous! I agree with everyone else, but especially Little Round Chick. Comparing yourself to other artists on Etsy IS the road to madness! I’ve done it, and it and it hasn’t helped me a bit! We all have our own aesthetic, and yours is lovely. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

  18. Asia
    Asia says:

    Jet, the earrings are beautiful, I think everybody said what I would have, but I really like what Judy and Susie said, we all have a time when our creativity is not the best and it does not matter what materials you working with, just keep on doing what you love, don’t look at anybody else, you are unique and so are your designs :D

  19. Inagodadavida by Eve
    Inagodadavida by Eve says:

    I love these, Jet, as a matter of fact, I always love your pieces. They are so original and alive. I think truly great creators of anything always doubt themselves and their talent . That’s what made them truly great. They never stopped searching and improving and striving. Look at history greats like Van Gogh and Hemingway. Heck, they drove themselves crazy with doubt. (Well that and a little lead in Van Gogh’s case :)
    I agree with so many of the other comments .. don’t compare yourself to others . Your work is unique and you want to keep it that way. You just have to find your own market niche and that takes time, but it WILL happen. Just be patient and go play with your beads.

  20. Jet
    Jet says:

    Beadling: this is such great advice! Learning something new. That’s exactly what I want to do. Take a class! Like lampwork or ceramics. I really think that would help me if I had some new skills to work with!

    Dropalotta beads: this is great advice as well! I’m actually working on getting my stuff into my aunts shop but I have everything I’ve made recently on Etsy so Idk what to do, I guess I have to make new stuff just for her shop?

    Crystal Canary: it’s so great to hear I’m not the only one. Thank you for your real life experience, it helps to hear others go through this sometimes too :)

  21. Jet
    Jet says:

    You all have such great advice and I really do appreciate everything ALL OF YOU have taken the time to write to me. It really does help. I love the people on this site, so much reassurance and helpful tips and ideas. It is very helpful and I have to say taking into consideration all that you have had to say, I think I will be able to handle my little slump and come back just fine. So thank you so much for the encouraging words :)

  22. Jet
    Jet says:

    Lttle Round Chic: I love your doodle idea, I actually really love to doodle and this is a great tip! Thanks a lot for taking the time to write such a long helpful comment!

    A Rozmin: I really love your idea of cleaning up your work space, I do like to do this and I do think it helps! I think I just need to do it more often :)

    Oh and you guys are so right about comparing myself to others on Etsy is the road to madness. It REALLY is!! I must really really try not to do this. It is nothing but torture!

    Asia and Eve: thank you so much for the lovely compliments, that’s why I love to post on here, I get so much better responses than anywhere else! You girls are just great and all of these comments do make me feel so much better.

    Thank you all!!!! <3

  23. deleted
    deleted says:

    Good going, Jet! The local shops often have a particular style or theme that you can go with: earthy, nautical, antique, floral, retro, shabby chic, etc. That can help the design process, and, if you like, you can make some items just for that particular shop.

  24. Country Lady
    Country Lady says:

    The earrings are so eye catching. Where can I go to find unique stones?

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