ewelry making, when I first began, seemed a difficult craft to undertake. I initially took on the challenge of creating my own focal pieces of jewelry due to the cost and difficulty finding in retail just what I was looking for. This hub discusses what I consider the bare bones of jewelry making supplies for beginners.
Storing beads and jewelry findings is a challenge for everyone who makes beaded jewelry. Here are a variety of recommended bead storage solutions and cases for storing jewelry findings successfully.
An overview of the five forms of commercial metal clay products - lump clay, metal clay powder, slip or paste, syringe, and metal clay paper - and the characteristics and uses of each form.
This tutorial will show you the techniques to create an eye-catching gemstone chakra pendant, simply using wire and a few basic tools.
create your own jewellery, how to make jewellery, sterling silver jewellery, 14k gold jewellery,I have been creating wire wrapped jewellery for approximately five years now, and the most common remark I receive, aside from being told how stunning they are, is how difficult they must be to make. Of...
Learn how to texture metal clay with carving, tear-away textures, photopolymer plates, household items, leaves, food, purchased and homemade mats, molds and tools in this comprehensive guide.
Have you ever wanted to make resin jewelry? I've listed the steps and materials you need to create custom rings below!
Use these tutorials and guides to make simple yet adorable polymer clay charms for jewelry and accessories. I include tips on using and taking care of polymer clay.
Here are some basic tools for wire wrapping jewelry, all tools that I use every time I make this kind of handcrafted jewelry at home.
Learn how to make batik fabric beads and turn them into a one-of-a-kind necklace that shows off your sense of style. This DIY tutorial includes step-by-step photos, written instructions, and a video to demonstrate the technique.
This tutorial will demonstrate step-by-step how to create beaded dangle-drop cluster earrings using gemstone beads and crystals. Using basically the same technique, you can create two different variations of this striking design.
This sweet charm can be used as a pendant for a necklace or bracelet, or as a keychain. This easy project makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, an anniversary, or for a special friend.
Are you interested in designing and making your own button jewelry? Get tips and ideas for creating bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more.
Your friends will never guess that this fun and colorful bib necklace is handmade with paper beads, created from recycled mail, maps, and magazines.
Stainless steel chain mail will eventually get dirty, if not grungy, and lose its sparkle due to numerous scratches. Luckily, there are many ways to clean chain mail made of stainless steel.
Polymer clay is a fun material to use to make beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry. This tutorial shows how to make a stained glass inspired pendant using polymer clay, stamps, and colored pencils.
Learn to make clay, paper, plastic, and glass beads. I include supplies, techniques, tutorials, and resources for paper, polymer clay, plastic, ceramic, beaded, fused glass, and lampwork glass.
A detailed review of Lisa Barth's deservedly popular book in which she teaches her techniques for designing exquisite fine silver metal clay bezel settings inspired by the gemstones themselves.
Learn how to start a basic spiral rope chain and change things like the number, size, and type of beads. You'll be able to create beautiful jewelry, accessories, decorations, and more!
An explanation, with photos, of jewelry made with wine bottle corks, and other crafting ideas. A great children's activity with adult supervision.
Are you interested in craft ideas with buttons? This article includes 10 ideas for easy button craft projects with lots of photos and resources.
Follow this easy step-by-step tutorial, which includes photos, to make this fun, funky and flirty elastic button bracelet made with repurposed buttons. It only takes a couple of hours, and you probably have most of the supplies on hand.
Learn the best way to rehydrate / reconstitute partly dry or fully dried metal clay with water to bring it back to a moist, pliable consistency.
Handmade charms are a fun way to create and personalize jewelry like bracelets and necklaces. You can make your own colorful charms using recycled materials, decorative images and household items!
An introduction to bronze clay, differences in firing schedules and methods compared to silver metal clay, and an overview of major bronze metal clay brands, formulas and jewelry making techniques.
Have you decided to try making clay jewellery at home but have no idea where to start? Here are some tips and tricks that will help you begin.
A golf-stroke counter is very useful, but I found them all to be either boring or too expensive. So, I made my own for a fraction of the cost and in the style I liked. It's quick and easy to make!
You can make a beautiful new necklace by reusing and re-imagining an old bracelet. Add some strands of colorful beads and you'll have a new piece of jewelry that you'll be excited to wear every day!
Information on the sources of beads found in nature and on using natural materials as beads for jewellery making.
Rose petal beads are an ancient tradition—just think about the word "rosary." They're also easy (though time-consuming) to make at home. Transform those special flowers or even your yard waste into beautiful jewelry in just a week!
Bezels are fun and creatively liberating because they are blank slates for your designs. The problem is, it seems like commercially available bezels are either the wrong dimensions too shallow, or cost way too much. Luckily, it is fairly easy to make your own bezel. Learn how to create your own bezels for endless custom pendant possibilities!
A comprehensive guide to working with Metal Adventures' original BRONZclay brand bronze metal clay. Includes techniques and tips for working with this clay, firing schedules, troubleshooting and more.
Metal clay must be dry before firing to avoid steam that can distort or mar the sintered metal. Learn several methods for drying metal clay on open-cell foam, nonstick sheet, or a hotplate or cup warmer, in a food dehydrator, or with a handheld hairdryer and a DIY cardboard drying box.
A polymer clay mokume gane tutorial with step-by-step instructions for making a mokume veneer sheet that can be used to cover polymer clay beads or other forms and how to create mokume gane cabochons.
This article is about some of the top resources for purchasing beads online. I provide pros and cons for different sites as well as recommended products to buy in different places.
Learn how to make your first piece of wire jewelry. This ring can be made with copper or silver and can match any outfit. It's easy to do and beautiful in the end.
I like to mix it up when it comes to designing art and my jewelry making is no exception. I came up with these interesting ideas to work driftwood into jewelry and I wanted to share them with you.
Information on factors that should be taken into account when designing jewellery for sale or for yourself, friends and family.
A clasp can really make or break a piece of jewelry. Why finish a beautiful handmade piece with a store bought clasp? Discover how to make your own toggle clasp for your next jewelry project.
Familiarize yourself with the varying jewelry clasps and findings available to expand your options for creating bracelets, necklaces, and more. I've included lots of purchasing resources as well.
A shawl pin is used to hold the ends of a shawl/scarf together, so it stays in place as you wear it. I created this simple shawl pin design that uses only a few materials and yet goes with everything.
Not sure what to do with all of those seashells you brought home from the beach? Learn how to make these fun and flirty seashell earrings. They are easy to make with this step-by-step jewelry making tutorial.
If you've decided that you want to make a business out of your beaded jewelry hobby and want to know how much you can get for your work, I can help you!
Making balled headpins and ear wires is a very easy jewelry-making technique. My tutorial will get you making your own in no time!
Making beads from roses is a wonderful way to keep special flowers with you forever. It takes some patience, but the results are lovely to wear yourself or give to a friend.
Information on seven different types of cords and thread that can be used when making handmade jewellery.
Take your jewelry and handmade gifts to the next level by learning how to make your own necklace chain!
A collection of vintage-inspired jewelry making techniques including collage or assemblage jewelry, working with brass filigree, cagework or tapestry beading, memory wire bracelets, and patina.
Make a colorful jewelry set using the age old technique of tying macrame knots. This easy DIY project can be done in about two hours.
An introduction to silver and gold precious metal clay and a guide to recommended metal clay artists, teachers, organizations and projects suitable for metal clay beginners. Education and inspiration.
Learn about gold and silver metal clay formulas from Art Clay and PMC brands plus Aura 22 and AGS (Accent Gold for Silver and the key characteristics and best uses of each formula from those brands.
Use this step by step wet felting tutorial to create wet felted beads. Add a cheap recycled charm bracelet to the mix and the result is a gorgeous wet felted necklace or bracelet.
A detailed list of basic, nice-to-have and specialty materials, tools, supplies and equipment for working with metal clay. Learn how to build a metal clay toolkit or see what's missing from your kit.
How to Make Resin Jewelry: A detailed step by step tutorial on creating unique jewelry pieces from resin.
Jazz up a plain white shirt with a handmade felt brooch. Learn how to design your own unique pin with these step by step instructions and photos.
This button brooch or pendant is perfect for Valentine's Day, or any day that you are in the mood for romance. This jewelry project is easy and uses materials that you already have around the house!
Making a gift for someone that mirrors their interests and hobbies is sure to be a well received gift. The fact that you made it yourself makes it even more personal.
This fun button necklace is a great way to incorporate the ombré fashion trend into your wardrobe with a new piece of jewelry. Easy to make and assemble, you'll wear this necklace all summer long!
Learn about beadwoven flowers such as French flowers! I include jewelry project ideas, patterns/tutorials, and resources.
Fabric wrapped cord jewelry adds a fun and funky touch to any wardrobe. It's also quick and easy to make with this step by step tutorial, including photos and a video.
Learn how to make a stunning necklace with an old key and some beads. An old skeleton key can become the perfect centerpiece to hang combinations of beads and trinkets to create a unique necklace.
Unbiased reviews of metal clay related products including the Ultra-Lite Beehive Kiln and custom name/logo stamps by Metal Clay Artist Magazine's senior editor and technical editor Margaret Schindel.
Learn how to make a beautiful beaded eyeglass leash that also can be worn as a necklace. This jewelry tutorial has detailed step-by-step instructions with close-up photos to ensure successful results.
Painting your own beads is easy and a great way to design a colorful statement necklace that expresses your own personal style. This tutorial is a fun way to add a new accessory to your wardrobe!
Put a new twist on an old-fashioned quilting favorite. Learn how to make these fun and flirty one-of-a-kind yo yo earrings made out of fabric scraps, buttons and beads. It's easy with this step-by-step tutorial that includes detailed instructions and photos.
Eco-friendly and traditional methods to oxidize or "patina" brass and copper for jewelry or other uses.
Learn how to make a cellini spiral with this tutorial and free pattern for a Mediterranean style cellini beaded bracelet. Cellini spirals are a type of tubular peyote and are easy to do, once learned.
How to make silver, bronze or copper clay oil paste using plant-based essential oil or Sherri Haab Pastemaker and how to use it for strong joins in metal clay. Includes full lavender paste recipe.
Selection of some truly awesome patterns to create with the new mini MonsterTail and even on some standard Rainbow Loom boards. Fishtail designs create striking bracelets for kids and adults to wear.
Using alcohol ink on metal is very easy, and I'm going to share a fun jewelry project with you that involves a simple dabbing technique!
With just a few supplies and time, you too can turn common potatoes into beautiful jewelry. Find out how in this easy to follow tutorial.
Do you have silver jewelry that tarnishes? Would you like to keep it shiny after you polish it? It's easy to transform a container of your choice into a protective case. This is an easy project that can be completed in a short amount of time, even without a sewing machine.
Learn how to weave flexible metal clay sheet or paper to make woven metal jewelry. This illustrated step-by-step weaving tutorial demonstrates a simple method with helpful illustrations.
Learn about the tools and supplies needed to fire BRONZclay metal clay successfully and what to look for when deciding which ones to get. Most also are needed to fire other bronze clay formulas.
Layered necklaces with multiple chains and charms are a popular fashion trend. These necklaces are surprisingly easy to make with the right tools and supplies. Learn how to make your own boho-style necklace with this tutorial!
Are you interested in mixing up your creative routine? In this article, I detail ten color combinations that I believe all artists should attempt at some point during their careers.
A step-by-step tutorial for making colorful polymer clay fantasy flower jewelry. Wear these bright spring or summer blooms all year long or give them as inexpensive handmade gifts for women or girls.
If you're a beginning or experienced beader and want to buy beads from China on eBay, I have some advice for you.
A survival bracelet or keychain is made using paracord. There are many feet of rope available in the bracelet or keychain to use in an emergency. Detailed instructions are provided in this article.
This unique plexiglass bracelet certainly makes an artistic statement. Because the background is simple and clear, your design can create a bold image against your skin, like a removable tattoo.
I was experimenting with bread clay and recycling old magazines when I found this method of making my own beads, which is both really fun and versatile.
It might seem a little bizarre but a wisdom teeth necklace is what many opt for to safe keep their pearlies after a surgery. Find out how you can make a wisdom teeth necklace.
Learn to make earrings featuring heart-shaped beads with this easy, step-by-step tutorial. This romantic jewelry would make a beautiful handmade gift for Valentine's Day or an anniversary or birthday.
String art is a popular trend in crafts and home decor. Now you can use this technique to make unique personalized brooches and pendants, using shapes like a heart, your initial, or your home state!