When you hear the term "Viking knitting," your mind likely jumps to a knit Viking hat. And while that's totally a thing, Viking knitting is actually a jewelry wirework technique that involves knitting wires together to make cords.
When you think of jewelry making, it's likely your mind jumps straight to beading or wirework. But there's one tool that's so versatile, there's no way you want to miss out on it being in your jewelry toolbox: precious metal clay.
Storing your jewelry-making supplies properly is a must. It makes projects more efficient and hassle-free, and it gives you that total zen feeling of crafting clutter-free! If you're wondering where — and how — you can store your tools, wire and all those beads, here are some fun ways to make the most out of your crafting space.
There are a ton of reasons for why people like to make their own jewelry. Maybe your tastes are on the pricier side, and you're looking to save some cash. Or perhaps you can never find the right accessories to match your style. Or maybe, just maybe, you keep walking past your local bead shop and are dying to dive in and play.
There's one material budding jewelry designers are most likely to reach for: wire. It's one of the most versatile materials around, and easy to work with even if you're new to the art of jewelry making. Check out the basics here, and you'll be ready to tackle beautiful wirework jewelry making like a pro.
Putting a price tag on all your time, work and creativity can feel like the hardest thing in the world. Too high, no one will buy it. Too low, you won't be able to keep your business running. How do you find that sweet spot? We've got some tips to help you nail it.
Knowing how to make jewelry: Yeah, we all know how amazing that is. But it's also important to know how to draw jewelry. And there are a few reasons why.
Patina is the blueish-greenish layer on the surface of copper that comes from age or chemicals (we see you, Statue of Liberty!). If you're looking to add dimension to your handmade copper jewelry, it's a super fun technique to explore that's a little wilder than the usual matte, shiny or brushed looks.
I may be biased, but I think jewelry-making is the world's best hobby. Not only is it creative and fun, but you can actually wear the things you make. You can't say that about woodworking, painting or baking. (Sorry, not sorry!)
Jewelry trends come and go, but the spoon ring is forever. In fact, this style of ring is thought to date back to the 1600s, when making jewelry out of cutlery was apparently a thing.
We're firm believers that marble makes everything look more elegant. So why not add a touch of the iconic stone to your vanity or bedside table with a little jewelry dish? The gold rim and blush-and-white color combo is a minimalist’s dream. Plus, you'll never waste time hunting around for your rings again!
If you hate making mistakes, life can feel fraught. But silver clay might be just the therapy you need.
In case you haven't noticed, this cool speckled stone is totally taking over the jewelry market. These faux-terrazzo earrings are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make, but the final product looks 100 percent gallery-worthy. Make two sets at at time, so there's one for you and one to gift!
A cute keychain is the perfect way to add a little flair to something you use every day. Even better: Make it yourself! This painted leather tassel created by Courtney Pilgrim of My Friend Court is perfect for rounding up your keys, hanging off a backpack, or even gifting to friends.
If you’re like us, you hate to throw away scraps from your latest craft. Luckily, we’re always coming up with ideas to use our leftover supplies. This project is a fun way to use up any pieces of felt you have lying around. Go ahead, let your creativity bloom!
Take a look at your closet: What have you already embroidered? It's likely that a T-shirt, jacket, and maybe even monogrammed pajamas are in there — and that's great. But here's an off-the-T-shirt way to showcase your stitching in style.
Everybody's got that drawer full of old T-shirts that never see the light of day. But we found a fun and fashionable way to give them new life! Here's how we turned a boring old T-shirt into a show-stopping statement necklace.
Seed bead accessories are definitely making a comeback, which we LOVE, because they are seriously one of the simplest types of jewelry to make. (The hardest part is actually wrangling the tiny beads — which can be as small as a millimeter in diameter!) Follow this step-by-step tutorial to make a whole stack to layer (or gift!) in less than an hour.
From dangling earrings to pendants and rings, wire jewelry adds a little boho style to any outfit. But it's even more fun to wear — not to mention a lot more affordable — when you make it yourself! Simply grab some wire and a few tools, and prepare to get wrapped up in this adorable bow ring that adds *just* the right touch of daintiness.
Every wardrobe needs a good statement necklace, but blingy baubles can cost an arm and a leg. Not this one! This simple knotted necklace uses just a few scraps of cording, a bit of ribbon and a glue gun.
The cuff is a classy and sassy piece of jewelry that can stand alone or be stacked with other pieces. And learning the basics of how to make this wardrobe staple will help progress your other jewelry-making endeavors too. Master the plain cuff first, then let your imagination take over — there are endless ways to customize here.
The best part about metalsmith jewelry is the wide variety of materials you get to work with. Whether you’re looking to handle silver, gold, rose gold, base metals or more specialized metals, stick with us for the rundown on the most common types of metal for jewelry making.
Great jewelry pieces never go out of style. Cuff bracelets are a timeless classic and are a fabulous way to accessorize just about any outfit. Believe it or not, they're easier to make than you think! All you need are a few basic supplies, and you can learn how to make a cuff bracelet in three simple steps.
Who doesn't love a fast and easy jewelry project? This button knot bracelet is easy enough for even the newest jewelry maker, but jewelry experts will appreciate how quickly this bracelet comes together.
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Fingerprint jewelry makes a lovely custom keepsake. It can be done in fine or sterling silver, or you can make your own using very inexpensive polymer clay. Follow this step-by-step photo tutorial to learn how to make fingerprint jewelry in less than an hour!
There are many ways to make a wire bracelet — this method is the quickest and simplest by far. Just follow along with this step-by-step tutorial and in under an hour, you can have your own custom wire bracelet — or even a full set of bangles — to wear with your outfit tonight!
Brooches - or lapel pins - are one of those pieces of jewelry that keep coming in and out of fashion. Recently, they're in again! So let's look at a modern take on how to make a brooch.
One of the easiest types of earrings you can make is also one of the prettiest — and trendiest, too! These DIY feather earrings will take you minutes to make and cause a big sensation next time you go out on the town (or, you know — to the mall!).
Head pins are one of those ubiquitous jewelry findings that everyone seems to have a pile of, and I don't know about you but they never seem to be the right length, and if they're the right length they're not the right gauge! Luckily, you can easily create as many head pins as you need with only a hammer and wire to match your project.
Bigger isn't always better...at least not when it comes to current jewelry trends! While there's certainly a time and place for a fabulous statement necklace, the "must-have" look of the moment is delicate necklaces.
Looking for a fast, fun way to create a personalized necklace? It's easier than you think! You don't need any special tools or skills; just follow the simple steps below for how to make glass tile pendants, and before you know it, you'll be wearing your customized creation.
A locket is a timeless classic — a piece of jewelry that allows you to wear a meaningful photo or piece of art close to your heart. It's easier than you think to create your own, personalized DIY locket. This is a jewelry project that requires no special skills or tools, just a few basic supplies and less than fifteen minutes of your time.
It's that time of year when the leaves begin to change color and temperatures begin to dip. There is a crispness in the air and on some very special evenings, the moon rises lower than usual and glows in colors that rival the treetops — a harvest moon.
Making your own jewelry is a great way to get exactly the kind of accessories you've always wanted, at a portion of the price. There are countless styles and techniques to try, as well as endless variations depending on the colors and supplies you use. If you enjoy wearing bracelets, there are lots of options for creating stylish pieces that require very few materials.
Wait — don't toss out those bits and pieces of leftover chain just yet! Find out how to re-purpose necklace ends and project scraps into these easy, elegant wire-wrapped chain scrap earrings.
Long considered the epitome of sophistication, the classic round pearl necklace was a must-have piece of jewelry for our mothers and grandmothers. But times have changed and now many unique shapes and colors of pearls are available to add excitement to your jewelry designs.
Pinterest and Etsy have exploded lately with handwriting jewelry: a method of memorializing a loved one by having their signature laser-cut into metal and worn. Beautiful, but a little expensive for some.