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
funjewelryhabits.com
5/24/14
Most of the items I talked about you can see in my Amazon Store.

Thanks for reading..:)

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