Did you know that more than half of American women choose jewelry as a gift for themselves over other items?
Well, it's true. This makes sense considering that jewelry is an awesome way to express yourself on any occasion. It also helps to draw all of your favorite outfits together so that you look as amazing as possible.
Still, nothing that you can buy in stores is nearly as good as a piece that you DIY for your specific wants and needs. Here, we're going to talk about how to create jewelry so that you can express yourself with one-of-a-kind pieces!
The first step to the jewelry-making process is to come up with unique designs. This is really easy for some people who can simply visualize the perfect piece to go with any one of their favorite outfits. If this is you, great! You know just what you want and can move on to gathering materials.
If this doesn't describe you, though, that's also okay. Browse sites like Pinterest and Instagram hashtags to get some ideas for what homemade jewelry styles you like.
While you'll of course want to put your own twist on these styles, this is a good place to start!
The most important part of crafting a piece is to channel your love and passion into it. It's clear to viewers when the artist cared about what they were doing when stringing a necklace or bracelet together. When you're passionate about what you do, it will make your piece look objectively better.
However, there's a technical side to careful crafting that you also need to know. This means using your tools in a knowledgeable and practical way to make your jewelry stay together and look appealing.
When making a necklace or bracelet, stringing beads around a chain is one of the easiest tasks that you can perform. However, there are still some things you need to know about doing this correctly.
Make sure that you choose beads that go with the general vibe of your piece. If you want something that looks light, airy, and beachy, knotting a few aqua glass beads onto a silver chain with long stretches of exposed sterling between them will look great.
If you want something a little more fiery, you might want to incorporate an amalgamation of red, yellow, and orange clay beads on a cord.
To string beads in the most basic way, you need to make sure that you choose beads that fit well together. You also will need to measure out your chain or wire to make sure that your final product will be symmetrical. This is an essential first step before you even begin crafting.
String or cord jewelry is more common than chains or wire when it comes to beaded jewelry.
Most necklaces and bracelets use some form of knot between beads. This keeps them from clanking up against each other and becoming ruined, especially in the case of high-quality beads. However, it also allows you to use multiple knots to string your beads at various intervals and create more unique pieces.
To form a basic knot in a piece of string or wire:
This is the most basic knot type, but there are other methods that you can research and learn more about, too.
You can also use knotting to keep handmade pendants or storer-bought charms on larger pieces of string. There are tons of applications, so look around and find out what you like best!
If you're looking to showcase a handmade pendant on a simple chain or piece of cord/string, you can make your own handmade charms from a variety of materials.
Many people will make these charms from simple beads that they purchase online. However, other jewelry makers with more ambition and experience will work with tools such as pliers and paint to create one-of-a-kind metal charms for their pieces. You can make these in abstract shapes or fashion them to look like animals or flowers.
You can also make wood charms. If you like to use hand tools like saws and woodworking items, this might be the right choice for you. Blown glass beads are also fun for some creators to make.
The bottom line is that you should get creative!
Jump rings are those little rings that connect a charm to the string that they go on. These rings ensure that the charm lays flat against the wearer's arm or chest rather than facing awkwardly to the side.
Jump rings are also essential when making beaded earrings. You can place them onto the string just as you would thread a bead onto them. Then, use pliers to make the charm go onto them seamlessly.
This is the final step to creating most pieces, so congratulations! You've made it.
Now that you know all about how to create jewelry that allows you to express yourself, it's time to learn more. Contact us with any remaining questions that you may have about the DIY jewelry making process. We're happy to give you some creative pointers and help you find any materials that you might need.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!