Imagine the sense of pride you will feel when you leave your house wearing a necklace you created with your own two hands. Or the smile on your friends’ and family members’ faces as they unwrap a beautiful pair of earrings that you made.
Here you will find what you need to get started making beautiful jewelry, from tutorials to teach you how to make your own jewelry to suggestions on where to buy supplies and materials.
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Jewelry Making Tutorials
Be sure to check out the full list of jewelry making tutorials for all levels.
Jewelry Suppliers and Bead Supplies
I purchase the majority of my supplies from Rio Grande and Hoover & Strong (which supplies Harmony Metals and Gems: Recycled precious metals and ethical gems). However, you do need to be a business owner to purchase from these companies.
For most of my jewelry making tutorials, you can purchase jewelry kits that include all of the supplies needed
If you are looking for some unique beads, BeadforLife offers a limited selection of paper beads (and other fair trade products) and helps lift women around the world out of poverty.
These are the tools I regularly use for my own handmade jewelry designs:
Wide nose pliers. I don’t use the Wubbers brand specifically, but these are the closest to the ones I use. They have a cushy grip and make chainamille a breeze. They are a bit pricier than other flat-nose pliers, but totally worth it for me!
Xuron Micro-Sheer Flush Cutter. Great for cutting beading wire and thin metal wire (I use it for up to 18 gauge sterling silver wire).
Multi-Size Wire Looping Pliers. Great for making eye pins and jewelry findings. I actually prefer it over a round-nose plier.
Bent Chain Nose Micro Plier. With their fine point, these pliers are really helpful for closing up pieces in tiny, hard-to-reach places.
Dual Drum Rotary Rock Tumbler. I purchased my tumbler in late 2013 and it’s still going strong! Use it with steel shot, some water, and a drop of Liquid Dawn dish detergent, and your designs will come out looking shiny and bright!
Whether you are just dipping your toes into learning how to design your own jewelry or you are a seasoned jewelry making looking for new products, you can purchase jewelry making kits for many of the jewelry tutorials you see listed on this website.
Other resources for making jewelry
Online Jewelry Making Classes
Craftsy offers a wide array of classes, whether you want to learn metalsmithing skills, wire working, or beading. They offer a free course on MicroTorch basics which gave me the confidence to start doing metalsmithing at home.
CreativeBug also offers a huge selection of jewelry making classes. The best part about CreativeBug is you pay a monthly fee and you have access to their entire library of classes.
Books to Help You Make Jewelry
Just like making jewelry is about making something tangible, nothing compares to the feeling of flipping through the pages of a book. Here you can find some great books to teach you a ton of jewelry making skills.
Looking for some inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board full of some jewelry making design ideas.
Resources for Jewelry Business Owners
If you are considering starting a jewelry business or are new to the process, here are some resources on creative entrepreneurship to help you get started:
- How to rock your handmade business: Tips from 15+ Creative Entrepreneurs
- 15+ online tools to help your creative business thrive
- 7 tips for working from home when you have a small child
- 5 lessons I learned after surviving my first craft show season
- Tips for planning a successful home trunk show for your jewelry business
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