Making jewellery is a fun and creative hobby that lets you craft unique items and personalised gifts yourself. The world of jewellery making, however, is not always straightforward to break into.
That’s why I’ve put together this beginner’s guide that covers the basics of jewellery making so you can get crafting!
What do I need to make jewellery?
Finding the right supplies for jewellery making really comes down to what sort of jewellery you want to make. If you’re a beginner, don’t expect to make a priceless emerald cut ring on your first try! You’re better off getting some cheap but essential components. There are, however, some basic supplies and tools that any budding jewellery maker will need.
Thread, beads, and wire
Beginner jewellery makers will all need base materials. These are usually thread, beads, and wire – all of which can be bought at little expense. The base materials you need will differ a little depending on what you want to make. If you want to make bracelets, thread and beads are a great starting place. If you’re making earrings, you may want to get some ready-made earring hooks.
Clasps and jump rings
If you’re making necklaces or bracelets, you will need clasp and jump rings (unless you’re using a stretchy base like an elasticated bracelet). The clasp is the fastener and the jump ring is the small ring at the other end of the necklace or bracelet that the clasp will fasten on to.
You can buy fairly cheap multipacks of clasps and jump rings, with some packs even containing multiple colours.
Pliers are essential for jewellery making as you will use them for bending wires, opening and closing jump rings, and handling small adornments like beads and gems. There are lots of different types of pliers for jewellery making.
If you’re starting out, a generic plier kit with a few different types of pliers inside is a great way to make sure you have everything you need.
Jewellery glue is useful if you need to fix adornments like beads or gems to your jewellery. Jewellery glue is very strong, so be careful when you use it!
Tailoring tape measure
Whatever jewellery you’re making, you’ll want to make sure it is the right size. There is nothing worse than a ring that is too small or a bracelet that is too big. Be sure to get some tailoring tape measure so you can size up all your jewellery correctly.
How to make your own jewellery
If you want to make your own jewellery, checking out a video tutorial is a great first step. We’ll finish this guide with a few essential tips for jewellery making to get you started.
- Decide what sort of jewellery you want to make. Rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces – the world is your oyster!
- Decide what materials you want to use. Are you making simple bead and string bracelets? Are you crafting unique polymer clay earrings? Look online for some inspiration but start simple if you’re a beginner.
- Prepare a clean working area. You don’t need an entire workshop for jewellery making – it can be done on your dining room table! Just ensure you have a good amount of space so that you won’t lose pieces.
- Have fun! Jewellery making is a fun craft sure to inspire creativity in anyone with a love of jewellery.