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.
With all the decisions that go into designing a piece of jewelry, it's probably safe to say that choosing a clasp isn't exactly any designer's first priority. But if you choose the wrong type, you'll regret it.
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.
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!)
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!
Breaking news: macrame is definitely NOT just for wall hangings. (Though we love those, too.) These crafty key chains are so easy to make, you'll be able to finish up multiple keychains in an afternoon. Gifting problems, solved.
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 a 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.
They're cute! They're sassy! And they're actually pretty useful for identifying your glass of wine after you've taken some swigs. Make these DIY wine charms to spice up your next party or give as gifts to your favorite wineos.
Every wardrobe needs a good statement necklace, but blingy baubles can cost you 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.