Have you ever spotted an expensive necklace at a store and said to yourself- ‘I could make that at home myself’? And have you ever looked at art supplies and been inspired to create accessories and jewelry of your own design? DIY Jewellery
If you have, then you’re not alone, there are millions of women who are creating handmade fashion jewelry at home for personal wear, and some have even successfully turned their hobbies into a flourishing business. DIY jewelry is becoming quite a passion for those with a creative flair, combining fun, creative and unique ideas, all realized into personalized, colorful and rare pieces of homegrown jewelry.
So, let’s get started with the steps and methods to make DIY jewelry.
Step 1: explore the material
This is a shiny big playground of numerous materials you can work with. The most popular types of materials used to make jewelry at home are listed below.
Clay/ metal clay/ polymer clay
Step 2: Decide what you would prefer to start with
It helps to start with one or two particular types of material when you are just a beginner in the art of handmade jewelry. The availability of different types of material, as well as the possibilities of using them all, are so wide that it can be overwhelming in the initial stages. Metals, glass, fabric, plastic – molded, plated, embroidered, welded, all at once; not advisable to learn it all together. Perhaps you can start by using marble and yarn at first, or use beads and tube wire, or even threads and leather.
Step 3: Learn about the basic techniques and skills
Whatever material you decide to work with, you will have to master a few skills first. E.g. how to braid a leather string using Celtic knots or nautical knots, what kind of clasps to use for different types of necklaces, or how to tie thread tassels, suede or glass beads over earring hooks, etc. These techniques would help you to make more creative stuff.
Step 4: Choose your tools
Use pliers and wire cutters as well as glue or paint. Once you have hands-on practice, you can invest in more specialized tools for jewelry making. With perseverance and patience, you will come to realize that your DIY project has evolved into a professional art, at which point you can even invest in professional artist tools including a 3D printer.
Step 5: Get the right supplies
At this time, you will need the specific supplies you want to work with. You will also have to learn the technical aspects of the supplies you will need. Stringing materials include beading cords, illusion cords, leather/suede cords, jewelry chains/stainless steel wire strands, memory wire, jewelry wire, etc. You will also need thick headpins for looping, thin ones for wrapping, eye pins, crimp beads, jump rings, clasps (spring, lobster claw or toggle), ear backs, fish hooks, studs (for earrings), etc. While creating your own designs out of raw materials may be a tricky and complicated move, you can always start working with jewelry findings. These are assorted jewelry making essentials or components ideal for beginners and you can easily buy them online.