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...

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Do you have a better way to accessorize yourself than with a nice piece of jewelry? The problem is that sometimes costume jewelry can also be extremely expensive. Nevertheless, you have another alternative to buying them you can make them. It is easy to learn how to create your own jewelry. And sometimes it is even better than buying them because you can make them to match your outfits and your personality. This way you are not only going to save money, you are also going to have fun. Are you interested in making necklaces? The simplest way to do this is using beads. You will see that you can create a variety of beautiful necklaces just using some heavy string and a various beads of different colors. In the case you are going to cover the whole circumference with beads you may even substitute the heavy string by a dental floss. You should always bear in mind what are you going to wear the necklace with. This way you can compliment the color of the necklace with the color of the dress you are wearing. Once you know the colors, you should start thinking about the pattern, which can be achieved by alternating colors or shapes, or making all of the beads the same size and color. The most important thing at the moment of making your necklace is to be creative. But you should not forget to keep the theme in mind when you start making it. When you go to buy beads you can buy the ones you always use plus some focal point beads that are bigger that the rest. These bigger beads can be use when you choose to employ wire instead of string for your necklace, just one or two beads for the whole piece are enough and the wire show through. Usually you can choose from a great variety of attractive beads, such as wooden, ceramic and glass pieces. If you are thinking of making beads, you have a lot to do. You only need beads and wire to make a great variety of rings. What you have to do is to twist various strands of wire together making a circle that fits your finger. You have to remember to maintain the ends long in order to string beads on the edges. Just make a ball of wire to maintain the final bead on each strand in its place and then keep the beaded strands as individuals strands or twist them into a ball. And use it with whatever you want! Another option is to make earrings. It is not difficult because the majority of craft stores sell earring components that can be used right away; the only thing you have to do is add the decorations that you choose. You can buy almost twenty pairs of earrings for no more than three dollars. You can also include some ribbons or a strand of beads. Just be creative and you will be able to attend any party. Similar techniques can be used to create bracelets and anklets. You have just to twist together bare wire and beaded wire to make a nice combination or create attractive wire shapes with just a pair of needle-nosed pliers. You only need to include a nice object that fits and make some loops in the wire and create your own charm bracelet. It does not matter whether you are a teenager or an adult, you can have a lot of fun making jewelry. It is also a great activity for whole families and a creative way to entertain girls at a birthday party. It is a nice way to create the pieces of jewelry that go with the things you wear. What is more important in creating your own jewelry is that it is a real expression of your creative side. Online Jewelry Making...

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