My wife started to do some craft work with beads and wire 5 years ago.
I tried making a flower with seed beads and wire and the rest is history.
5 years later I have over $500.00 in beads and organizer plastic containers to hold them.
I have about $200 dollars of tools of every type to shape tarnish free color wire into shapes with beads worked into it. I learned a lot in self teaching jewelry books.
I am a very patient person when it comes to jewelry making.
I do make the same items over and over again, from trial and error I learned what is in and what is out.
I use scrap wire to play around with and in my new creations in earring makings. I make all my own spring hooks that hold the earrings in the ears and I make all my own jumprings in many colors and sizes.
It gives me great joy that ladies like the taste of my art giving talent in jewelery that I create.
I want to make a chain mail T-shirt for my self but that requires a lot of time and doing with jumprings.
Other Types of Jewelry I've Learned to Make
A exchange student taught me how to take 5 color strings and weave them in to a square shape necklaces. It takes me a half an hour to weave it all the way through. It is a very rewarding necklace when done.