DIY handmade jewelry seems to be the rage these days. Necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, and other forms of jewelry can perk up any outfit. Creating your own jewelry can make your adornments more unique and personal — the art of jewelry making can also be a fun way of expressing your creativity. Wear your own handmade jewelry to make a statement, give it as gifts to friends and family — you can even make a living out of jewelry making! Jewelry making for beginners need not be an expensive hobby — create jewelry that stands out using decorative beads, charms, and other materials you can find at a local arts and crafts store. We're here to help you get started.

How Can You Get Started Making Jewelry?

To get into the art of jewelry making for beginners, you need to gain an understanding of the materials being used in making jewelry.

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    The best way to get started is to do some research on jewelry design. Read up on the history of jewelry, the different types, etc. Try to acquire as much information and knowledge about jewelry as you can because doing so will help you become a better jewelry designer later on.
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    Look for inspiration in various places: from your own collection, the internet, from celebrities and influencers in social media, jewelry stores — there are innumerable resources out there for you to explore.
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    Start designing your own based on the ideas you've formed doing your research. As you get deeper into the ideation process, you will probably begin to realize what type of jewelry you are most interested in.
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What Equipment and Supplies Do You Need?

When you have decided to move forward with some of your designs, it's time to shop for the materials you will be using. But before choosing between wires or chains and beads or stones, it would be wise to have these tools on hand. When it comes to jewelry making for beginners (or any level of jewelry making), these tools are indispensable must-haves:

  • Wire cutters
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Nylon tipped pliers
  • Toenail clippers
  • Ruler
  • Bead organizer
  • Strong adhesive

Now, let's get to the materials part. These are some of what you will probably decide to use:

STRINGING MATERIAL

If you're planning to string beads, there are several stringing techniques you can choose from. Depending on the technique you're going for, you can either use a thread, wire, or cable to string your beads. Some commonly used ones include:

  • Memory wire
  • Stranded stringing cable
  • Tigertail
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CHAINS AND CLASPS

If you're not much into stringing beads and prefer attaching beads and charms to a chain, then chains and clasps are the way to go. Chains and clasps come in a variety of sizes and types, depending on the weight of your charms. Chains can also be trimmed with wire cutters or pliers. On the other hand, clasps can be stylish or simple, depending on your preference.

These are some types of clasps you can choose from:

  • Hook and eye
  • Toggle
  • Lobster clasp
  • Barrel clasp

BEADS

When it comes to jewelry making, beads are the star of the show. The prices of beads vary, depending on the materials used (and we're talking about a very wide range!) Beads can be made from the following materials:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Shell
  • Bone
  • Polymer
  • Clay
  • Stone
  • Wood
  • Other materials

WIRE FOR STRUCTURE

Some components of jewelry items require the use of wire for structure. This type of wire is less flexible and includes posts, chain rings, spacers, and connecting bars. Make sure that you're purchasing the right gauge of wire for your project.

GEMS OR GEMSTONES

Gems or gemstones add sparkle and shine to any jewelry. You can use them as a centerpiece, just make sure that they are set properly. You can go for real gems (like diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, etc.) or you can opt to use less expensive gemstones instead. As a beginner, it might be better to start with fake gemstones until you have upped your jewelry making skills.

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Information About Jewelry Making for Beginners

When it comes to jewelry making for beginners, there are a lot of resources online — from tutorial videos to blogs about jewelry making to online courses — take your pick and interact with fellow jewelry makers who can give you helpful advice about your craft. You can also subscribe to jewelry making magazines or read other printed materials about the craft.

1. YOUTUBE VIDEOS

When it comes to FREE video tutorials, nothing can be as extensive as YouTube. If you're still undecided on which online course to take or you simply don't want to spend money on online courses, then take advantage of this abundant resource.

2. ONLINE COURSES ON JEWELRY MAKING FOR BEGINNERS

These are paid online courses on jewelry making. The great thing about online courses is that they provide step-by-step instructions and detailed tutorials about the processes involved in jewelry making as well as some additional information for those seeking to start a business in jewelry making — from knowing how to sell your jewelry to branding and marketing.

3. BLOGS ON JEWELRY MAKING

There are a number of blogs and websites online that provide tutorials and other vital information about jewelry making for beginners. Most of these bloggers are hobbyists themselves, so they are more than willing to share their learning and experiences about jewelry making. They also invite interaction among their followers via a comment section. Ask questions, compare notes, and make friends with other jewelry makers to help you fine-tune your craft.

4. CRAFT STORE WEBSITES

You're probably buying your supplies from craft stores, so it only makes sense to utilize their websites for jewelry making techniques, tips, and tricks. Craft store websites provide a wealth of free information on DIY jewelry making projects. The projects are even categorized by skill level so you can choose which one to work on based on your level of expertise or skills set.

5. JEWELRY MAKING MAGAZINES AND BOOKS

While video tutorials are a lot more convenient, do not underestimate the power of reading through printed materials about jewelry-making. These printed materials are also excellent resources for sparking inspiration.

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Additional Tips and Advice

Since you're still in the process of learning jewelry making for beginners, here are some additional tips and advice that might be helpful in your jewelry creation.

SOME BASIC SKILLS

Online courses, video tutorials, and printed materials provide detailed instructions on how to make jewelry but because you're just getting started, we thought we'd give you a preview of the basic skills you must have before engaging in the wonderful world of jewelry making.

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    Straightening Wire: This is perhaps the most basic skill you need to have when it comes to making jewelry. Never cut your wire if it's bent because straightening it will be a lot more difficult later on. Unroll a length of wire from the spool while holding it. Pull along the length of the wire with a pair of nylon jaw pliers to straighten it. Make sure that the wire is straight on all sides — you can either turn it or hold it at a different angle to do so.
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    Bending Wire: Bent chain-nose pliers do a great job of bending wire at sharp angles — another necessary skill in jewelry making. To achieve your desired angle, grasp the wire with the pliers then bend with your finger.
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    Cutting Wire: For cutting wire, it is advisable to use flush cutters because they are specifically designed for this purpose when it comes to jewelry making. Flush cutters allow you to make one side of the wire flat and the other side angled.

MEASUREMENTS

When making jewelry, it's important to take measurements to ensure that your pieces will fit the wearer perfectly. If you're planning to sell your jewelry, you will most likely not know the measurements of the person you'll be selling the piece to. To give you an idea, here is a list of the standard range of measurements used for each kind:

Necklace

  • Women - 17 inches to 35+ inches
  • Men - 20 inches
  • Kids - 12 inches to 14 inches
  • Plus sizes - 18 inches to 36 inches

Choker

  • Women - 14 inches to 16 inches
  • Men - 18 inches
  • Kids - 8 inches to 10 inches
  • Plus sizes - 17 inches to 19 inches

Bracelet

  • Women - 7 inches to 7 1/2 inches
  • Men - 8 inches to 11 inches
  • Kids - 5 1/2 inches to 6 1/2 inches
  • Plus sizes - 8 inches

Anklet

  • Women - 9 inches to 9/12 inches
  • Men - 11 inches to 14 inches
  • Kids - 7 inches to 8 inches
  • Plus sizes - 10 inches to 10 1/2 inches

 

Conclusion

When it comes to jewelry making, it doesn't take much to get yourself started. All you need are the right tools, the best materials to execute your jewelry designs, and a reliable source of information to get you through the step-by-step process of creating your jewelry pieces.