Jewelry Making Guide

Making your own jewelry is not only fun and relaxing, but you end up with a ton of great gift ideas, not to mention lovely accessories. Making your own jewelery doesn't require any prior knowledge of metalworking, beading, weaving, or even basic art. There are a ton of great guides to help you get started, but basically, if you can string beads onto thread or fishing line, you can make your own jewelry. Of course, stringing beads is only the first step.There are all different types of beading to be done, not to mention the other forms of jewelry making available, from wire jewelry to woven beads, to even more complicated forms like soldering and hammering. Basically, start where you feel comfortable, and then progress as you see fit. There are a lot of hobby stores, beading stores, and even knitting shops that will be more than happy to help you on your way.  Making your own jewelry actually doesn't require a ton of materials when you start. You eventually amass a great deal, but when you begin, it is recommended that you get: either braceletparts. So pick what works for you, either as a beginner, or as a seasoned pro looking for some new techniques.        

Jewelry Types

There are several types of jewelry that you can easily make at home. Some require a bit more equipment than others, as well as a bigger investment. Here is a rundown of the basic supplies you'll need to be on your way to making jewelry in a jiffy.

'''Wire Working Tools'''

Tools that are used for wire working are tools that cross over into nearly every type of jewelry making. You need them for making jump rings, connecting findings, and even for general shaping and designing. Here are some of the most common tools that every jeweler should have.

About Wire

Whether you are wire working, making findings, or just stringing some beads, wire is an essential supply for making jewelry. But how do you know which is the right size and what material is best? You'll want to choose based on durability, malleability, and style/color. First of all, wire is measured in gauges, from 16 to 34. The smaller the gauge size, the thicker the wire will be. Typically, the thicker the wire, the more sturdy it will be. However, the type of material used for the wire also affects how flexible a particular gauge will be. To get an idea of exactly what gauge size looks like, check out this chart at * For projects that involve designs of winding wire, a 16 to 18 gauge is best. This is perfect for giving shape to necklaces and bracelets, for use in or around very large beads, creating wine charms, and even for creating chain links. * Gauges 20 to 24 are considered medium to thin thickness and are good for wire wrapping beads, as well as for constructing findings, headpins, and ear wires. This is typically the gauge used for making earrings and 20 or 21 is the best for ear wires. * The smallest, skinniest wire of the bunch is 26 to 34 gauge. It's easily manipulated and flexible, perfectly for use with small beads in embroidery and stitch projects. Wire is available in brass or copper, which are both inexpensive, as well as in sterling silver, gold, and gold-filled wire, which all cost more. The least expensive wires are typically soft, while more expensive wires will come in varying hardnesses, from soft to hard (scale from soft to hard is 0 to 4). *Findings Any jeweler will need to know a little something about findings. Findings is the name used to describe all the tiny hardware that most people overlook until they got o make a piece of jewelry. Here are some of the basics that you should know.

Clasp Types

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