Josselyn Crane - Following What the Clients Want

Josselyn Crane is one of the jewelry design students of Tomas Wittelsbach that we have contacted for interview. We’ve sent five questions to several students for case studies. She is one of those who responded and agreed to be featured on this website.

Josselyn has been involved in the jewelry business for the past six years. She started her career in the business as a jewelry designer. She also did some beading but she transitioned to computer aided drawing and 3D modeling.

She admitted that she does not have any particular specialization in terms of focus on specific types of jewelry design. She accepts all that is commissioned by her clients. She will design whatever the client wants. These include customized jewelry to mass-produced silver pieces.

She might not focus on a particular specialization but Josselyn has her own branded line. She has her signature design that involves geometric pieces that do not have precious stones on them. These design pieces can be cast or printed using a metal 3d printer.

She related how she discovered ZBrush:

“I discovered Zbrush a couple years ago working with other CAD engineers, and jewelery designers. It seemed the best program to get flowing, organic shapes in your 3D designs. I had previously used Matrix, and it is very difficult to achieve that result in Matrix.”

She mentioned that there are several relevant things that she had learned from Tomas. She learned tips on how to improve the overall design of a jewelry piece that she is making. She also learned how to produce precise and accurate prototype of an object that she has designed in ZBrush.

Josselyn recalled that Tomas always gave valuable feedbacks during critiques of the students’ works. Those feedbacks were always for the improvement of the designs of the students. She acknowledged that Tomas is a really talented jewelry designer. He also has a good in-depth grasp of how to sculpt using digital 3D tools.

At its core, the lessons of Tomas are based on traditional art and design. She was impressed about how centuries old art techniques are still applicable in digital design.

She has this to say about Tomas’ knowledge and skills:

“During the critiques, Tomas always gave valuable feedback on improving the design of a student's piece. Tomas is a very talented designer, and he was a wealth of information on how to sculpt in 3D. His lessons were grounded traditional art and design, and it was very helpful to see how the principles of design in centuries old art could be applied to this new digital sculpting tool."

"Tomas was also very knowledgeable about prototyping and casting, and he explained in detail how to prepare a Zbrush model for production. This was the most valuable information in the class in my opinion. Also, comparing the Solus and Form printers helped me decide to purchase a Form2.”

As a jewelry designer, she is most proud about her braided engagement ring design and the firefighter badge pendant. It took her about nine hours to model the braided engagement ring. However, it has not yet been cast in metal. The firefighter badge pendant was not as challenging to make as the pendant in terms of technical details but it has tested her sculpting skills. It also took 10 to 12 hours to finish from designing it to a ready-to-print file.

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