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Handcrafted Jewelry Information

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Handcrafted jewelry has really come into its own with a variety of different metals, styles, semi-precious gems and stones as well as non-traditional jewelry materials. Handcrafted jewelry is often a one of a kind item, making this an ideal gift idea for that hard to buy for person on your Christmas or birthday list. Handcrafted jewelry also is in high demand for bridal parties and special events as the wearer is sure to draw attention and comments on the unique jewelry they are wearing.

Typically the websites provide a good cross section of what the craftsperson produced, but also allows you to communicate regarding custom designed pieces you may be interested in having made. Another great place to locate both handcrafted jewelry as well as the artisans themselves are the season handcraft shows that are commonly held around the Christmas season in most areas. This will provide you with a good idea of what is available locally, which can save additional shipping costs and time lags associated with internet transactions.

Many handcrafted jewelry items feature items such as gems, semi-precious stones or even polished rock that is native to the area where the craftsperson resides. Often this in itself creates the one of a kind quality of the jewelry as the materials themselves are not available in stores or in mass produced jewelry items. In addition handcrafted jewelry may also reset or use some of those odds and ends pieces you have in your jewelry box such as the single earrings, hopelessly bunched up gold and silver chains and even the rings that don’t fit anymore and turn them into unique and new creations you can wear with pride.

Some handicraft artisans will also complete custom orders. This is a wonderful way to design your own jewelry with the help of someone that can provide ideas, assistance and typically will not charge as much as a custom designed piece from a jeweler. Of course there are handcrafted very exclusive items that you may want a designer to produce such as an engagement and wedding ring set or an anniversary or family band. Before going to a traditional jeweler however you may want to spend some time browsing around the internet to find out just what is available.

Beaded jewelry is still very popular, although the styles and materials have changed over the years. Modern beaded earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even anklets feature various types of precious and semi-precious gemstones, silver and gold decorative beads and really unique pieces of natural materials such as coral, crystal and shells. These items are both functional as well as beautiful and can typically be matched with traditional jewelry to give a very polished and high fashion appearance.

Basic Guide To Handcrafted Jewelry

Friday, March 27th, 2009

If you are interested in making your own handcrafted jewelry, you probably have your own reasons as well. If you are excited about jewelry making, but aren’t sure how to get started, here are a few tips that may help you.

Start out with experimentation. If you are a beginner, you probably have grandiose ideas of beautiful jewelry that you’ll be making right away. It doesn’t work like that, even for those with natural creative talent. But don’t be discouraged if your first attempts are disappointing. Even if you don’t like the results you will learn from them.

Use your first several pieces to experiment with different color combinations and designs. Start pairing things together that seem natural, then pair things that seem like they wouldn’t belong together. You may be surprised with your creations.

Handcrafted jewelry should be fun, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Start out making things that you like. As you advance, start thinking about your friends and family’s taste and try to make something that they would like. This helps to get your creative wheels turning by incorporating colors and designs that you may not think of for yourself.

You may want to start out with very simple materials like basic beads, string and chains. Pretty soon though, you’ll want to challenge yourself and incorporate more advanced materials. Look at jewelry-specific retailers for various beads, pendants, etc. There is a multitude of materials available to help you create beautiful and interesting jewelry.

Pearls, crystal beads, charms, colorful glass beads, gemstone beads, cubic zirconia beads, and seashell beads are just some of the more interesting materials that are available. Don’t limit yourself to just plastic craft-store collections. Check out online retailers for a larger selection.

Keep in mind that you’ll need a good place to work on your handcrafted jewelry. A large space with good lighting and a comfortable chair are the bare necessities for this. Also, you’ll want to make sure you have a storage container with separate compartments to keep tools, beads, string, chains, wire, etc. in. When you start to get comfortable with your handcrafted jewelry, you can start to make pieces for friends and family. May be they are examining to assess your product at its true worth.