Signature Course:  Measuring Charts Made Easy

Measuring Charts Made Easy is our Signature Course in the JCWJ Learning Center

Learn our 3-step jewelry design system for creating consistent components with ease using measuring charts.

Patterns + Forming Fundamentals = Great Jewelry Components!

Explore how 2 design elements are used to craft 6 different types of components.  And make 15 stylish jewelry projects featuring different versions of the components.
Images of the 15 jewelry making projects taught in our Measuring Charts Made Easy online course where we teach our 3-step jewelry design system

Do you wish you had more control over forming your wire?

Have you ever wished you could replicate a piece of jewelry that you made previously?

Perhaps you made one great dangle and then you decided that it would make a great pair of earrings, but when you tried to make another one you had trouble.  Or maybe you worked out a great design, made a few of them while it was fresh in your mind, and then low and behold, 6 months later, you wish you could make more, but it’s just not working out the same way.

How much time is dedicated to trial and error when you are working out a new design?

You know the deal… You get an idea in your head for a new jewelry design, and as you go about making it, you figure out that you needed the wire to be a bit longer, or that you shouldn’t have bent it here, you needed to bend it over there.  If you’re tenacious enough, you work through all the hurdles and finally come up with your piece (the “smarty-pants” jeweler might even make notes). 

Or you re-work the design as you go, adapting to the shortcomings along the way, which can go one of two ways… either you love the new design and you feel like it was meant to be, or you always feel like it just didn’t turn out quite the way you imagined it.

No matter your path – or even how happy you are with the result – you invested a LOT of time figuring it out.  And probably used more valuable material than you really needed to. 

You think to yourself… if I had just known how long the wire needed to be to create that loop, I wouldn’t have used so much extra – or worse – not cut enough.

Or…  I thought that tool “A” was going to give me the curve that I wanted, when really, I needed to use tool “B”.

What if you had a “look book” that provided visuals of various components? 

Oh… and the instructions on how to make it too?

Think about it… If you want to cook something that you don’t know how to make by rote, you look up the recipe for it.  Even if you don’t follow the recipe exactly, you check out what the basic framework is, and then you adapt it to your own tastes.

Creating a design reference library for the basic elements and components commonly found in jewelry is the answer! 

It’s like a recipe book for your jewelry designs.  This way, when you get an idea in your head, you can open the book and visually scan the various sizes of loops, for instance, to decide which may work best for your project. 

Perhaps you know that you want to use two jump rings to connect the links of a necklace so that it will drape better.  You can look at the sample loops and quickly determine the perfect size, which tool creates that size loop, and how long the material needs to be to create it. 

Just think about how much time this just saved you! 

As you build your library, you ultimately save more and more time.  It’s a clever method for storing your research, so you don’t have to keep re-creating the wheel.

Why can’t I just publish a reference book for you?

The trouble is that not all tools are equal – even if the tools are made by the same manufacturer.  If my tool is half a millimeter smaller or larger than your tool, my measuring charts aren’t accurate for you. 

Sometimes this doesn’t matter a whole lot, but other times it’s crucial. When you have exact measurements available for yourself, it makes forming with precision easier.

I have even taken the ruler out of the measuring process…

So many people hate to use a ruler, especially when it comes to detailed increments.  All the little lines get confusing or blur together, and the fractions or decimals make for complex math.  So, I devised a system that bypasses the use of a ruler even though we are working with detailed measurements.  I’ll show you how to craft measuring tools out of cardstock that make it super easy to create measuring charts for various components, and I’ve created a system to store the tools on each page along with your visual samples.

This first stage of Measuring Charts Made Easy features two basic jewelry elements: Diameter Curves and Roll-back Loops…

These two elements share a relationship with the diameter of the tool you are working with and are commonly found in jewelry designs. 

Once you learn to make cardstock measuring tools that correspond to the amount of material needed to form these shapes, you can use the tools to draft patterns for the following 6 types of components:

  • Scalloped Links
  • Squiggle Links
  • Streamers
  • Infinity Links
  • Open Loop Bead Dangles
  • Open Loop Bead Links

Once you’ve unlocked the secret to making consistent links, you can use them to make stylish jewelry you’ll be proud to wear.  There are 15 jewelry projects presented in the course plus bonus projects will continue to be added over time.

What’s in the course?

Here’s an outline to give you an idea what you can expect:

Module 1:  Getting started

  • Gathering supplies
  • Set up your binder
  • Marking your tools

Note:  Tackling this now means you won’t have to do it later.

Module 2:  Dive into your first project – Scalloped Link Waterfall Earrings

  • Create custom measuring tools for curves and loops specific to your personal pliers
  • Use these measuring tools to draft a pattern (or measuring chart) for scalloped links
  • Follow your measuring chart to make 10 consistent links and assemble them into earrings

Note:  Don’t let all these steps overwhelm you … once you build up your library, everything gets easier.

Members: Link to the Learning Center to take this online jewelry making course. The first project is this pair of scalloped link earrings

MCME Stage 1 Project #1) Waterfall Scalloped Link Earrings

Consistency is the key when making jewelry with multiples of the same forged wire links.  Learn our system!

Module 3:  Explore how to vary Scalloped Links for use in other projects.

  • Make graduated size links for earrings and pendants
  • Increase the wire thickness for strength and visual impact
  • Discover how to control the drape with various assembly methods

Note:  This highlights the beauty of using measuring charts for designing collections.

Members: Link to this lesson on making graduated size scalloped links and then learn how to assemble them into striking dangle earrings.

MCME Stage 1 Project #2) Graduated Scalloped Link Earrings

2 Great designs using forged scalloped links of graduating sizes.  Made easy with measuring charts.

Members: Link to the tutorial on how to make a forged scalloped link chain necklace with a matching wire clasp in the JCWJ Learning Center

MCME Stage 1 Project # 3) Scalloped Link Chain Necklace

Make forged wire links with a curve and assemble with doubled jump rings and a matching clasp.

Members: Link to the tutorial on how to make a waterfall scalloped link chain necklace using hand formed and forged silver links and commercial chain

MCME Stage 1 Project #4) Waterfall Scalloped Link Chains

Utilize forged scalloped links in a ladder style assembly for and elegant cascade necklace focal.

Members: Link to the tutorial in the JCWJ Learning Center. Graphic depicting 4 pendant styles you can make with forged sterling silver scalloped links

MCME Stage 1 Project #5) Scalloped Link Pendants

Here are 4 pendant designs featuring similar assembly with varied size forged wire links.

Members:  Link to the tutorial about how to form large scale scalloped links and assemble them with jump rings and beads.

MCME Stage 1 Project #6) Bold Scalloped Link Feature Chain

Make some large scale scalloped links and assemble them into a sculptural necklace using a chain maille pattern.

Module 4:  Time for the next component – Squiggle Links

  • Draft your charts & form samples
  • Master the alignment to stack them for elegant earrings
  • Have some fun mixing and matching squiggle link segments for a long endless chain necklace

Note:  Includes the inside scoop for troubleshooting and fixing your forms.

Members: Link to the squiggle link earring lesson in the JCWJ Learning Center to view the full lesson.

MCME Stage 1 Project #7) Squiggle Link Earrings

Master the art of forming these meandering wire links and layer them over one another for an elegant silhouette.

Members:  Link to the tutorial on how to make an endless chain necklace with these mix and match squiggle link segments.

MCME Stage 1 Project #8) Squiggle Link Endless Chain

Explore a library of mix and match components you can use to make a long endless chain necklace.

Module 5:  Streamer Dangles play a different role in your jewelry designs.

  • Maker’s insight: Gravity highlights the quality of form
  • Fabulous component for layering
  • Discover how measuring charts can also be used as patterns for forming with sheet

Note:  Lots of great tips and tricks for dialing in the drape of your components so they hang beautifully.

Members:  Link to the lesson on making streamer dangle earrings with a forged wire dangle layered over a hammered copper blank.

MCME Stage 1 Project #9) Streamer Dangle Earrings

With just one loop, gravity takes over with streamer dangles.  Learn to fine tune the form for fabulous drape.

Members; Link to the Boho Streamer Focal Necklace Lesson in the JCWJ Learning Center.

MCME Stage 1 Project #10) Boho Streamer Focal

This rippled metal focal catches the light as you move.  Hammered texture adds to the glimmer.

Module 6:  Infinity Links simplified

  • Measuring charts drastically improve your ability to form accurate Infinity Links & targeted forming skills make it possible
  • Unlock the secrets to hammering curves as you learn to control the form while forging the loops
  • Explore assembly options … including Infinity Links incorporated in a chain maille pattern

Note:  It’s not quite magic, but you’ll be impressed with yourself when you succeed at these.

Link to the Infinity Link Chain Bracelet lesson in the Jewelry Classes with Jen Learning Center to learn how to form infinity links from wire and forge the curves for added appeal.

MCME Stage 1 Project #11) Infinity Link Chain Bracelet

Form and forge infinity links with ease using measuring charts.  Connect loop to loop or use jump rings.

Members: Link to the Infinity Link Wide Chain Maille Bracelet lesson in the Jewelry Classes with Jen Learning Center. Start learning how to make this fabulous bracelet right from home.

MCME Stage 1 Project #12) Infinity Link Chain Maille Bracelet

Make a bold statement with this impressive infinity link bracelet with chain maille style assembly.

Module 7:  Open Loops that really are simple to form

  • The truth about Open Loops for head pins
  • Finally … make consistent loops with ease

Note:  Length and tool placement are the keys here!

Members:  Link to the tutorial for making a pair of silver earrings featuring an infinity link with Byzantine style chain and a bead dangle.

MCME Stage 1 Project #13) Infinity Link Earrings with Bead Dangle

Timeless earring design:  frame out a perfectly formed infinity link with a byzantine style chain frame and dangle a bead from the bottom.

Members:  Link to the lesson on making a station chain necklace with open loop bead links.

MCME Stage 1 Project #14) Bead Link Station Necklace

Open loops are "simple" when using measuring charts!  Check it out as you make this great chain for stacking.

Module 8:  Scalloped Links with Vertical Loops connect on a whole different plane

  • Discover how changing the plane of the loops opens up a whole new realm of assembly possibilities
  • Tips and tricks to help wrap your mind around forming on another plane

Note:  All your experience from the previous modules will seriously help you conquer this mind-teaser.

Members: Link to the scalloped link bracelet with open loop bead links in the JCWJ Learning Center for the tutorial on how to make this great chain bracelet.

MCME Stage 1 Project #15) Scalloped Link Bracelet with Bead Links

This design is an elegant marriage of scalloped links with vertical loop, open loop bead links, and chain maille assembly.

This course alone is easily worth hundreds of dollars.  But you get full access when you join the JCWJ Learning Center.

Why offer it through a low-cost membership?

The art of making jewelry covers a vast expanse of skills.  This system of using measuring charts is the foundation of my approach for teaching makers to gain control of their forming skills.  As such, the system is referred to in most of my lessons.

With access to everything, you get a cohesive collection of classes presented in a manner that helps you connect the dots as you progress.  Often, jewelry making is tangential, meaning that to tackle a particular project, you may need a little background on the fundamental skills incorporated, or you may be curious how to use the technique in another way.  In the Learning Center, the prerequisite and related lessons are linked on the same page with the video tutorial.  So, you can watch them as needed.

We are creative people, and it’s very common to be afflicted with shiny object syndrome.  You will no doubt see some other tutorial or class that catches your interest.  And that’s great!  I encourage you to explore.

But I want to offer access to this system at a price-point where you can afford to maintain access over time. This way you can still enjoy the occasional class elsewhere without having to give up access to the Learning Center.  As you grow you can incorporate your favorite techniques to augment the designs presented in this curriculum.  Over time, you’ll be able to draft patterns for your own unique designs.

 

Let me be your practical jewelry making guide.

With membership here in the JCWJ Learning Center, you’ll have continued access to ask questions and grow at your own pace.