The process of making simple jewelry can be both complex & simple; this depends solely on how you wish to hone your craft. Although looking back I wasn’t exactly enthralled when I first began my adventures in jewelry making, however hopefully with this guide you will find it easier to make simple jewelry as you begin your new hobby. And even if you begin to feel fatigued, know that even t a decade into this hobby I’m still learning everyday from ways to improve the quality of my jewelry, to finding even more simplistic techniques.
When I was fifteen, my mother was rather adamant that my gaming habits had taken over my nights and weekends. She urged me to find a new hobby, anything other than a screen. A hobby that could be simple yet time consuming. Worthy of the effort put in- if you have the correct tools (patience being the most important one).
And so I combed through our recent newspaper, not realizing I was about to discover my new obsession – jewelry. To be specific, the art form of creating jewelry from a few odds and ends. I learned through this class how to twist metal wire into bracelets, cinch loops and hoops, as well as how to adhere resin bobbles onto plain metal backings.
How do I get started making jewelry?
Currently I have two boxes filled with inexpensive makings and craft supplies, all of which I learned how to utilize through my local craft store’s class (worth the five dollar’s spent to register and the proceeding ten for in-store supplies). Michael’s, JoAnn’s, A.C Moore… these are a few examples of larger chain craft stores that will most assuredly have what you need at a reasonable price. I’ve found that the best supplies are from items one wouldn’t think to use (old hair pins, brooches, etc).
Depending fully on what you want to create, there are specific supplies necessary to begin the process of jewelry making. 1) Pliers, there are multiple types of pliers to choose from flat nose, cutters, long nose, and needle nose. These will come in handy when twisting wire away from precarious frames (earring’s have circular hoops to attach the main piece with, something I will go into further at a later point in time). Beads and resin flowers (or other charms) can be useful when beginning as the only necessary parts are a stainless steel backing and the object in question (and superglue!)
Below, I’ll leave you with a video of myself going through the motions of making a simple design for a necklace. While this may be one of the easiest ways to create homemade jewelry, it is the beginning step to understanding how to utilize the tools properly as well as learning the versatility of loops and metal typing.