Jewelry Making…Starting out

Have you ever looked at a piece of jewelry and wondered…could I make something like that? Me too. I think most people have. Jewelry making can be fun, challenging and very rewarding. I do lot of reading and have purchased several books on jewelry making techniques, tools, wires and beads. There are so many things to learn and so many different types of materials to work with, I don’t think I could ever learn everything. Working with wire is my favorite. Once you learn the basics with wire, you can start making jewelry using wire to connect different components together to create earrings, bracelets and necklaces. There are many different projects you can find for free. Most tell you the skill level suggested. You can start where ever you want and work with whatever you like. There are lot’s of e books and videos that are helpful for learning the basics and how-to use tools. Most of the jewelry supply stores have a resource and project area. Look through those sections as they contain a lot of helpful information. If you find a project you like, they usually list all the tools and components needed to complete the project. That makes it easy to order everything you’ll need. It may be a good idea to order a few extra beads or whatever you’re working with just in case you make a mistake. You can also buy kits that have everything you need to make the project shown and step by step instructions. This is a great way to practice skills and learn new techniques. These are great when you’re starting out. One of the first and best investments should be a jewelry tool kit. This kit will have most of the tools you will need to get started. Tools may include several types of pliers, wire cutting tools and maybe a file. You should also buy a small kit containing some components. This kit may include some beads, earring wires, some jump rings and clasps. You can also put together your own kit. When you get started, you’ll find that you never have enough containers to hold beads and findings. There’s a lot of different containers for holding beads & findings; you can probably come up with some of your own ideas. I have a collection of small jars that I keep adding to. I found that buying a magnifying tool was very helpful. This made working with wire a lot easier for me. There are many different types, in all price ranges, so you should be able to find something that will work for you and meet your budget needs. You’ll need a work area, usually a table will work fine. Good lighting is essential and you’ll need a towel or something similar to keep components and beads from rolling off the table while you’re working. You’ll quickly get used to working with tools and as you do, you’ll become faster. Don’t get overwhelmed, you’ll learn as you go along. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy what you’re doing. Remember, your jewelry designs are a reflection of you and you’ll see yourself in everything you make. So don’t be afraid to get creative. Thanks for reading. Mary 5/24/14 Most of the items I talked about you can see in my Amazon Store. Thanks for...

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Designing with accent beads can be an exciting endeavor. I like to think of accent beads as a frame to put all the attention on the gemstone bead that I am making the main attraction. Accent beads call also used to high light the pattern in a stone or mirror that pattern. I have also used precious metal accent beads in numerical patterns that follow the rules of sacred geometry to enhance the wearer, health, goals or possible help them access some character within themselves such as charity, compassion or insight into their own behavior. If one is having trouble meeting their goals by not taking systematic step you can you a pattern of progression like the simple 1,2,3,4,5 repeat or 2, 5, 7, repeat. Another way to accent a stone is by mirroring the properties of the stone such as a moonstone. You can base a moonstone design on all the number associated with a moon cycle, 12, 9, 3 and 4’s this is much easier to achieve with accent beads than with moonstone alone as you would have to have many different shapes or sized of moonstone. Such a piece would be good for an expectant mother or someone that needs to have their cycles regulated or perhaps tame PMS. You could further enhance this design by using disc shaped sterling accent beads that reflect the shape and color of the full moon. This is just one example of using accent beads to add to your designing library. You can use numeric patterns to add beauty and dimension to any design. Another use of accent beads is to add to the richness of your piece. Gold, Vermeil or Gold filled beads can accomplish this from a lavish outlay in 20K to a more modest one using Vermeil or gold filled beads but still achieving the look of a sophisticated valuable jewelry article. Gold brings the look of wealth, abundance and luxury. It also adds joy or celebratory nuances because it mirrors the look of the full summer sun a time of plenty and jubilation. You can look at ancient jewelry piece from Egypt, Phoenicia, Greek or Rome for inspiration. It is easy to see how they incorporated accent beads to play up the drama and power of their designs. The applications for using accent beads are endless. Accent beads can extend your design options without limitations. Don’t be afraid to experiment. The wonderful thing about beading is that if it doesn’t appeal, doesn’t feel ‘right’, you can undo it and start...

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