Whether you are a jewelry novice or an experienced metalsmith, these jewelry making books for beginners teach a variety of techniques, all at your fingertips.
Just like making jewelry is about making something tangible, nothing compares to the feeling of flipping through the pages of a book.
You want to cozy up on your couch with a steaming cup of coffee and a physical book, be inspired, and learn new jewelry making skills.
Maybe you’re relatively new to jewelry making or are want to take your jewelry making to the next level. You’re ready to master techniques and tackle some new ones, but you aren’t quite sure where to begin.
Sometimes you need a break from looking through Pinterest on your iPhone, clicking on multiple websites trying to find exactly the jewelry making technique you’re looking for.
You want it at your fingertips
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6 books to learn how to make homemade jewelry
After looking through many books, here are my top recommendations for the best books on jewelry making.
Stamped Metal Jewelry by Lisa Niven Kelly
This book shares with you the tools and techniques to make gorgeous stamped jewelry using letters and designs. It also includes other techniques for working with metal, such as drilling, cutting, and texturing. In addition to specific techniques, Stamped Metal Jewelry offers 19 different projects you can try out for yourself.
Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques by Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley
From making coils and jump rings, creating eye loops, and forming your own findings, this book goes into depth about making jewelry using wire and how to incorporate it with different types of beads. It includes a brief overview of various beads and explanation of metal wire options. It includes over 20 projects you can make.
200 Tips for Jewelry Making: Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets by Xuella Arnold & Sara Withers
With a focus on jewelry-making techniques rather than specific projects, this book offers an encyclopedia of knowledge about everything related to jewelry making you might want to know. That includes tips and techniques for threading and beading; working with wire; metalworking; and nontraditional materials such as polymer clay, resins, and found objects. It also offers troubleshooting for common problems, addresses safety concerns, and techniques especially for beginners.
The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making by Tammy Powley
Similar to 200 Tips, this book is a reference guide for a variety of jewelry making techniques such as stringing, chain making, metal clay, and metalwork, plus fiber and mixed media jewelry. Additionally, it offers step-by-step instructions for 40 projects.
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Handcrafted Wire Findings by Denise Peck & Jane Dickerson
If you have ever wanted to learn how to make jewelry components such as ear wires, clasps, and connectors, this is the place to start. Most of the components can be made with just wire and a few tools, but if you are feeling adventurous it also teaches some simple soldering techniques to enhance your handmade components.
When you are really ready to take it to the next level and learn metalsmithing techniques you can do at home, this book will walk you through how to create a home metalsmithing studio using a handheld butane torch. You will learn what tools and equipment you need, the differences between the different types of solder, and safety tips.
As an aside, if you are looking for a beginner metalsmithng class to learn how to use a small torch at home, I highly recommend Microtorch Basics course on Bluprint.
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