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Be Fabulous: Making Your Own Jewelry

For thousands of years, jewelry has become a piece of art that people can wear. Early humans have been proved to be adorning themselves this to distinguish their class or just flaunt their aesthetics. The purpose of wearing jewelry has not changed, though. It is still about expressing yourself.

What’s good about these items is that they do not always have to be expensive. Better yet, you can even make them yourself. However, going for the DIY approach may prove to be challenging. There are some skills you need to master, and you will need to make sure that you have a good grasp of design and styles.

Nevertheless, here are some of the pointers you may want to keep in mind if you want to make your own stunning pieces:

The Tools

The first jewelry that you have probably made was that friendship bracelet, a combination of different beads or threads. But you can always broaden your horizons and improve your style by using the right tools. If you are serious about it, go for something that is of high quality. Invest in the basic handheld tools, such as wire cutters, pliers, round nose, and stoppers. Get a feel of how you can use them and experiment with cuts and bends. While you are at it, make sure that safety is also a priority.

The Materials

The materials you are going to use for your pieces will depend on your chosen theme, chosen design, and personal taste. Some start with plastics, such as beads. While others, especially those attempting to create costume jewelry, may use engineering-grade resins. But you can always explore other materials, such as metal, wood, and even leather. Just make sure that the material you will use does not irritate your skin or cause certain kinds of allergies.

The Technique

sketching jewelry designs

Handmade jewelry designs follow basic techniques to ensure consistency in aesthetics and sturdiness of the output. There is a number of skills that you need to master first before amending some rules and making your own. If you are using threads and beads, it is important that you know how to create strong knots, so the strands will not unravel. The principles of symmetry and consistency should also be practiced, so you will be able to create wonderful and stunning patterns. Working with metals may also require you to learn how to use soldering machines and heating equipment.

Furnishing Your Work Station

Now that your stash of materials and equipment is piling up, you need to come up with a dedicated workspace for your craft. You can choose a spot in your home where you will not be disturbed. You can convert your attic and basement into a quiet work station. Invest in high-quality organizers and shelves, so that your items will be easy to access.

Always explore

Being a jewelry designer or maker will inspire you to be adventurous. Through this, you will realize that the design possibilities are endless. And you will never run out of spaces and disciplines to explore. Some of these discoveries may even shape your craft and aesthetic taste.

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