Getting Started: Build your Foundation of Skills

Ready to learn the art of making jewelry?

Or, perhaps you’ve been enjoying the art for a while but would like to review the basic fundamental skills?

Then you are in the right place!  Here’s a great source for free jewelry making instruction, including video tutorials and information on sourcing tools, materials, and supplies.

Jewelry making is a big world that encompasses a lot of various techniques.  Our goal is to simplify the learning process by taking you on an exploration of the various fundamental skills.  We have prioritized the order for you in this outline to help you ease into the craft with respect to the accrual of tools.  We want you to be able to create something you are proud of right away, and then we’ll build your foundation with additional projects and demonstrations. As the outline builds, this will be a great reference for you to find tips and projects in each area.

Assembly (Opening and Closing Jump Rings)/ Chain-Maille

Jewelry is typically assembled with round links or “jump rings”.  You commonly find them near the clasps of necklaces, or linking various components together.  When they are assembled together in a linear length, we think of it as a chain. And there are also a myriad of ancient recipes that assemble them in decorative patterns referred to as chain-maille.  The most recognizable form is called wide chain maille which was used to form the mesh for the old suits of armor.

This is a fabulous place to begin your journey of learning to make jewelry because it only requires two pairs of pliers, yet you can make a large array of wonderful projects as you improve.  Plus it’s used throughout the art form of crafting jewelry from beading to gold-smithing.  This is a skill you will want to master!

Click this box or the button below to get started with tutorials about how to properly use jump rings…

Graphic - How to Open and Close Jump Rings
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Simple chain bracelet adorned with glass beads
Hand-made Chain Necklace with glass beads
Working with Sheet – Creating Customized Jewelry Components

Are you ready to start creating your own customized jewelry components?

Working with the metal and adding your own unique twist is very fulfilling.  And, when paired with your assembly skills, the jewelry you make will surely impress your family and friends!

There are multiple ways to enhance a simple piece of sheet…

  • You can add color or showcase depth using patinas and other surface colorants
  • You can add texture with a hammer
  • You can emboss a design or texture
  • You can stamp a graphic or letters/numbers
  • And there are also more advanced techniques such as fold-forming, keum boo, and enameling.

In this segment, I discuss the basics of working with sheet and introduce the various techniques through projects in an order which allows you to make fabulous jewelry while you slowly accrue the tools and supplies you’ll need as a jewelry maker.  Click on this box or the button below to get started with tutorials showing you how to make your own custom jewelry components.

Branded Graphic - 3 Steps to Prepare Custom Copper Jewelry Blanks
Branded graphic -How to achieve bronze tones with Liver of sulfur patina