Do you love buying jewelry? Well, you’re not alone. People in America spend over $78 billion on it every single year.
Now, what if we told you there’s a way to acquire stunning pieces without having to empty your bank balance every time? We’re betting most people would bite our hand off to learn all about it! Let us save you the hassle:
All you have to do is learn how to make jewelry at home.
It might sound impossible. But with practice, insight, and the right equipment, making your own rings, bracelets, and necklaces is well within your capabilities!
Better still, it isn’t just about saving money. Making your own jewelry’s also fun, satisfying, meditative, and you end up with bespoke items that nobody else owns. Want to get started and experience these advantages for yourself?
Let us help. Keep reading to discover our top tips on making homemade jewelry.
Get the Gear
Jewelry making is a hobby that requires all sorts of tools to do well. Almost every item and style you want to make demands the right bit of kit for the task! From pliers and pegboards to wire cutters and rulers, there’s no shortage of stuff you could buy.
Of course, you don’t want to go overboard when you’re just starting out. But you do need to get your hands on the basics in order to begin your foray into this wonderful world. We recommend going down to the local art store (or heading online) to buy a simple jewelry kit.
These should come with everything a newbie needs. The best part?
Most kits also come with guides to get your creative juices flowing and introduce you to what you could make. Read through them and start experimenting to attain a flavor of the craft.
Get the Supplies
The next step is to start buying supplies. That jewelry kit will come with enough to get started. But you’ll soon arrive at a point where you need (and want) more.
And not just more in terms of quantity. You’ll want different types of supplies too. After all, the more supplies you have, the more creative you can be with your jewelry.
Once again, the local arts and crafts store (or the internet) is your friend in this regard. Take a look at the different beads, wires, strings, jump rings, ear hooks, clasps, and cords that are available. For jewelers, it’s like being a kid in a candy store!
Think about the pieces you may want to make and decide what to buy accordingly. Or, if you’d prefer, you could buy a bit of everything and pick your projects down the line!
Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?
Nope, any big task or new skill involves a process. You have to start with small steps and master the basics before the magic really starts to happen. With time, dedication, and practice, those initial efforts will begin to snowball.
The same goes for making jewelry. It’s one of those things that look easy when experts do it. Then you step up to the mantle and realize how much skill’s involved!
If you’re new to the craft, then don’t expect to create epic items from the outset. It’s best not to try! It’s a recipe for disappointment, which causes many people to give up too soon.
The best bet for anyone who wants to learn how to make jewelry is to start slow. Begin with simple projects (such as jump ring jewelry) that help you hone basic processes. You’ll then be able to take what you’ve learned and apply it to more complicated pieces.
Starting small is key. But be sure to combine that ‘slow-and-steady ethos with a ‘cheap-and-cheerful one!
As a beginner, the last thing you want is to spend lots of money on expensive materials. Expect your first attempts to be passable at best, with plenty of failures (AKA learning experiences) along the way. Using inexpensive materials means these ‘failures’ don’t impact too much on your bank balance.
Likewise, you might realize that this isn’t a hobby you want to pursue. Imagine investing lots of cash in tools and materials that you’ll never use again. Avoid that fate by buying only what you need and always opting for cheaper equipment in the early days.
Understand the Basics
Time to get more specific. You know to start small and inexpensive. But what processes should you focus on?
Here are a few of the basics we suggest beginning with: measuring, bending, wire cutting, and knot making. Oh, and using pegs. Each and every one of those tasks is pivotal to success when making your own jewelry.
Alas, we don’t have the time to go into more detail here. Trust us when we say there’s no shortage of tutorials and educational resources online though! Head to YouTube, hunt for blog articles, and get involved on forums and you’ll soon master these processes (and more).
Practice (and Be Patient)
Jewelry making isn’t a talent. It’s a skill. In other words, you acquire this ability and improve through practice.
So stick with it.
As we said before, it might take some time before you feel comfortable and confident in making your own pieces. And you’re sure to ‘fail’…a lot. Trust us when we say you’ll be wearing wonky rings and bent bracelets long before you start sporting high-quality items!
The trick is to love the process. Practice makes perfect and patience is a cure-all to success. With time and hard work, you’ll be a jewelry-making maestro before you know it.
Now You Know How to Make Jewelry at Home
Millions of Americans love nothing more than buying new pieces of jewelry. And we spend billions of dollars in the process! Learn how to make jewelry at home, though, and the spending can stop.
Even better, you get the joy of making and the thrill of wearing your very own handmade items. Sound good? We hope the beginners’ tips in this post will help you start creating incredible jewelry in no time.
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Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.