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How to Make Jewelry
Handmade jewelry is HOT. There's a reason why so many crafty designer types choose to make jewelry, whether to sell, to give to others, or for themselves. So many do it, because people LOVE handmade jewelry. They love to buy it, they love to wear it, and they love to gift it. So many of us are little magpies aren't we?
Here are some of our most popular categories. There are more on the left sidebar so don't forget to look there too.
Which Type Are You?
I'm guessing that you're here because you love jewelry too, and want to make some yourself.
You're either an enthusiast looking for a little inspiration or some help with something specific....
... OR, you're on a recon mission looking for a guide to help you navigate the basics.
You might even be a teensy bit apprehensive about trying something new. Never fear, Christine, master of the teaching the easily overwhelmed is here!
(A little too much? Yes... But ho! Easily overwhelmed is best masked by crazed pronouncements with a touch of the hysterical.)
Looking for Something Specific?
For you inspiration-seeking or specific-information-seeking types, dive in! Use the search function or just start perusing the links. There are hundreds of pages on this website. It's chock full of tutorials, information, tips, and user galleries.
If you are on that recon' mission and are just kind of feeling out the waters, let's dive in together.
Looking for easy places for a beginner to dive in?
Try one of these:
I have a special place in my heart for you beginners because I wish there was someone to guide me when I got started, and I wish that guide could teach me the way I want to teach you -- step by step, with lots of tips to save me time and money and frustration, and lots of pictures or videos to demonstrate the trickier parts.
I'm an intermediate to expert type myself so I know the passion you have for learning new techniques and finding easier and better ways to perfect your favorite techniques.
What's your poison?
For the silversmith, metal worker, or enamelist: Try one of these fascinating starting points:
For the aspiring silversmith learning the techniques for how to make silver jewelry: This earring tutorial will teach you key silversmithing techniques like...
Enamel is one of the hottest topics of late and my personal newest passion. The ancient art of enamel (the art of fusing glass to metal) is fascinating. It's said it is easy to learn but takes a lifetime to master. Test that saying out for yourself with some detailed enamel tutorials and projects.
Fold forming: Just check this one out. It's so cool. 'Nuff said.
For the beader and beadweaver:
Beadweaving, I admit, is not my thing. Patience is not my personal virtue but nonetheless, there are some wonderful beadweaving projects by some of my more patient friends on this site:)
Beading (the string kind) I can do. And if I can, then anyone can.
I started making mommy bracelets a few years back. These have proven to be a hit whenever a new baby is due or when mother's day rolls around.
These practically sell themselves. I get lots of inquiries every time I wear the one I made for myself. If you want to make a great gift that people will rave about, be sure to check out my free tutorials on these special bracelets.
For the Mixed Media Artist
Resin jewelry making is a great mixed media technique. You can make make whole pieces (like bangles) or you can use it to coat more delicate components like paper collages or tiny photographs.
Into steampunk? Or just want to know what the heck it is? Take a look at the steampunk jewelry making pages for some inspiration, and to share your work too.
Share Your Jewelry or Get Inspired
For projects and inspiration by fellow How-to-Make-Jewelry.com readers like you, you can't beat my Handmade Jewelry Galleries! You'll find beautiful work in the gallery. A personal favorite type of jewelry is necklaces. I can't get enough of them. Looking at the necklaces and other jewelry visitors are sharing just make me want to make more and more myself!
You can see a few of my own earring making projects too if you'd like..
Jewelry Making Tips and Tricks
Get jewelry making tips and techniques to learn how to make jewelry more easily, achieve quicker, faster results, and take your jewelry making to the next level. I'm a sucker for tips and tricks that make any project faster, more fun, or more simple to complete.
Find Jewelry Making Tools and Suppliers
Jewelry Business Advice, Training, and Articles
For Jewelry Business advice I recommend you check out my other website Handmade Results. It's primarily for jewelry designers that want to sell on the internet so if that's you, you'll love the jewelry marketing advice you'll find there.
There is tons more on the site that I haven't yet mentioned. I encourage you to look around, explore the site, and if you like what you see, sign up for my "I'm Making Jewelry in my Jam Jams" newsletter. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn how to make jewelry, or who wants to improve on what you are already doing. It's getting rave reviews so I bet you'll love it. Sign up now and you'll get a free wire work tutorial too.
"Hey there, Christine - I found you on Twitter (or the other way around; don't remember now *grin*); just wanted to tell you THANKS! You have THE most informative blog! Great writing style, and cool things - particularly like your "how do I get people to find my website" post; I'll be trying that myself in the hopefully not-too-distant future, I've saved it and will be using your tips.
Appreciate your hard work - and for sharing it!"
Some Extra Tips for Navigating This Site
If you've never visited before, start with one of the links on the left side navigation bar or one of the many links within the above paragraphs.
This site is structured so that every page can be reached within a maximum of four clicks from the home page so this is your best starting point. If you are looking for a friendship bracelet project, start on the friendship bracelet page on the left side navigation bar. This will bring you to the next page which is an overview of the pages related to that category. You will likely find the link to the page you want somewhere on that secondary page. If not, try the most closely related page and that page may also be an umbrella page that links to a third level of links. The third level is the last level other than any outbound site links.
If you have been here before and can't remember where you saw something, try doing a search of the site.
Just want to see the most recent changes (within the past few days)? Check out What's New (you can also get to this page from the link on the top horizontal navigation bar too).
Love helping out others? Visit the Jewelry Ask and Answer pages to read the posted questions and share your insight. You can of course ask your own questions related to how to make jewelry there too.
you're here for some jewelry supply resources, my bead and jewelry
supply resource pages
have links to beads, findings, and
tools, - and anything else you'll need for making jewelry.