A Jewellers Guide to Orthographic Drawing

Studying orthographic drawing for jewellery equips you with the skills to draw professional 2D jewellery designs that allow you to visualise your jewellery pieces. By drawing with precision, you’re able to develop your jewellery piece’s design features accurately to better envision a real-life product. This will then enable you to create prototypes, and more accurately cost the final piece.

The Orthographic Drawing for Jewellery short course is open to learners of all skill levels.  Whether you have jewellery and gemmology experience, or are simply an enthusiast looking to gain valuable problem-solving and communication jewellery design skills- everyone is welcome! This course will provide you with the guidance to develop skills to pass on your design to industry jewellery manufacturers who will be able to bring your creations to life.   

What to expect from an orthographic drawing short course

Your course leader will begin with an introduction to orthographic drawing, explaining the basic technique with essential things to know, its history, and its importance in jewellery design. Following this, there will be a demonstration of how to create a simple orthographic drawing, before handing over to you to practise the technique for yourself.

You will be provided with a specification template to draw on, as well as resource material in the form of photographs of jewellery with their measurements. With these, you will be challenged to accurately reproduce as a technical drawing. Throughout the session, you will gradually work on more complicated jewellery designs within a casual atmosphere, whereby the course leader will be offering one-on-one guidance.

Tools used for orthographic drawing

On the course, you will be supplied with everything you need as a beginner in orthographic drawing. This includes a combination circle template, a mechanical pencil, image resources and specification templates as well as other standard stationary items. The key piece of equipment is the combination circle template, which consists of circles with varying diameters, ideal for drawing accurate circles and perfectly curved edges. This is useful in many aspects of jewellery design, the ring band being the most obvious.

The knowledge and skills to be gained

The fundamental skill the course provides you with is the ability to draw jewellery with accurate, to-scale (or scaled-up) measurements, from each crucial viewpoint. You are taught to design with the consideration that if someone else picked up the drawing, they would know exactly how to make it, in order for the finished piece to be true to your vision with no nasty surprises. These simple, yet technical understandings and skills are a great basis for anyone who wishes to design wearable and professionally stunning jewellery.

The benefits of BAJ’s short course

The Orthographic Drawing course at BAJ offers you a unique opportunity to learn from experts in the jewellery field. Our course leaders are often working jewellers, with years of experience in the industry, providing you with valuable skills taught by professionals of the trade. It is essential to hone in on technical drawing skills before making 3D jewellery pieces, so whether you’re looking to enhance your jewellery design skills or learn from scratch, this course is a fantastic option – book your spot here.

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