Developing your jewelry making skills is like anything else in life - it takes practice. And the more you do it, the better you are at it. I have been making jewelry for 20 years now - but it has been a hobby - something that I have bounced into time and time again. I buy supplies, I play a little, make some jewelry for myself or some friends, and take a class every now and then. I know I have the talent to make jewelry, but I have not fully applied myself to it... until now.
This year I decided to commit to making jewelry. I made some goals, started some blogs, but most importantly,
I've been practicing regularly. It is hard to devote time to it with a full time job, a husband, children, cats, etc. but I decided to approach it like school. You have to complete the assignment or you fail. I hate to fail at almost anything. And so, I make the time. Even in the most stressed week, I find time. I plan projects during my kids baseball games or when I'm cuddled in bed. I cut wire while dinner simmers or the laundry dries. And even in the midst of the stress, it is satisfying. The results have pleased me - the jewelry projects I have made, the response from my friends and jewelry peers, and the increased skill I feel. It is very satisfying to feel the commitment pay off.
So, if you are looking to improve your jewelry, make a business of it, or learn a new technique - that's my suggestion. Commit yourself to it. You will see the improvement (and it doesn't take long)!