If you’re looking into making your own jewelry, it’s good to start out learning the basics. Learn what tools you need to start with and learn what supplies you need to get started. Learning a few basic techniques, can get you started making simple earrings, bracelets & necklaces. Like learning any new thing, it takes time and practice to get good at these newly learned skills. Your confidence will continue to grow with practice.
There’s a lot of information on jewelry making online. When you do your research, you’ll see there are many different ways to make jewelry. Some people start with wire work where you learn some of the basic skills necessary for many types of jewelry. Learning about using jump rings, making wire loops and some bead stringing, will get you started. Watching how-to videos on you-tube are very helpful. There are a lot of helpful tutorials there.
There are some terrific sites that have some free ebooks and patterns you can learn from. Most supply sites also have patterns and helpful tips. Just looking through different sites you’ll pick up a lot of helpful information.
Online classes are also available. They usually have a course outline and a list of the tools and materials needed to complete the projects.
A bead board is helpful and a good purchase to make. Also, include rulers, tape measure, various pliers and a good light. A sketch pad is good to have. Draw out your project, write down measurements as these may be helpful for future projects and if you make a mistake, its easy to start over.
One of the most important things to remember is to be patient with yourself. Jewelry Making takes time and practice, and yes, you will make mistakes…everyone does. So be kind to yourself. Start out with inexpensive supplies and a few basic tools. As your skills and confidence improve, so can your supplies.
Jewelry making is a lot of fun. Once you get the fundamentals down, your jewelry will become an expression of you; your creation. Enjoy and don’t be afraid to experiment.
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