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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.