Jewellery Making for Beginners – Top Tips to Get You Started.
Jewellery making is a great little hobby. Not only do you get to let your creative juices flow – but you also get to have lots of fun and wear all of the beautiful items you craft. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you could even turn this enjoyable pastime into a supplementary income, or even a new career! But let’s not race too far ahead for now. If you’re starting you probably have a few questions about jewellery making. So, we’ve put together a few top tips to help you get started.
As the old saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Start small and don’t be over-ambitious with your first project. Choose your material wisely, be it glass, leather, beads or metal, and select a simple design. This is a chance to try out your skills and get to grips with the tools of the trade.
Get to Grips with the Basics
There are a few skills that you will find yourself using time and time again, such as forming wire loops and creating jump rings (used to connect components such as clasps). It’s worth taking your time to familiarise yourself with common processes, as they are used in all manner of jobs.
Invest in Good-Quality Tools
If you want to make top-notch jewellery it’s wise to invest in the right tools to work with. The best tools are well-designed and durable. You can build up your collection of jewellery tools as you develop your hobby – you certainly won’t be short on choice! From powered rolling mills to manual rolling mills, guillotines to lapping machines, mandrels and ring sizing sets to moulds – there’s plenty of contraptions and devices to help you out in the workshop.
Understand the Jargon
It’s a good idea to brush up on your knowledge of jewellery terms. This will help you to learn about the various materials, techniques and tools associated with jewellery making. You don’t have to learn everything straight away, but give yourself a head start by doing a little research.
Find a Place to Work
You don’t need to set up a vast workshop, but It is a good idea to find a quiet space to use as your own (even if this is the garden shed)! Try to make your workshop area as comfortable and practical as possible with the addition of jeweller’s furniture. We’re thinking a useful workbench (excellent for storage and an ideal surface to work on), plus a comfy chair to sit in. You will also need to consider lighting options. Natural light is always a bonus, but it’s usually worthwhile adding artificial lighting in the form of a lamp or two to eradicate shadows and brighten up your workspace.
Get Some Inspiration (And A Little Help if You Need It)!
You can look online, browse high-street stores, and look in books and magazines for ideas and inspiration for your jewellery making. If there’s a specific technique you want to master, such as soldering, we suggest you look for a class or get some advice from an expert.
Ready to Get Creative?
Once you have got to grips with the basics, you can start to experiment with other techniques. This will help boost your confidence and improve your jewellery making skills. Before you know it, you will be making lovely items for yourself and crafting pretty pieces for friends and family too – homemade jewellery makes such a special gift for your nearest and dearest.