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25 Helpful Jewelry Making Tips for Beginners

By: Kelly Spence, Editor, AllFreeJewelryMaking.com
Updated March 26, 2019
25 Helpful Jewelry Making Tips for Beginners
25 Helpful Jewelry Making Tips for Beginners
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Designing your own jewelry is a ton of fun and opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities, but it can take some time to get there. When you're first starting out in the art of jewelry making, it can take a while to learn the ropes and feel comfortable in what you're doing. Between all the tools, techniques, terminology, and materials, learning how to make jewelry can be a bit intimidating at first, and beginners might get discouraged by all there is to learn. That's why we've pulled together 25 Helpful Jewelry Making Tips for Beginners, so you can get advice and words of encouragement from the experts!

If you're looking for some simple jewelry tips to take you from confused novice to confident expert, you've come to the right place. It's important to get a firm foundation of skills to build on so that you can start whipping up DIY jewelry with ease. This collection of tips and resources were created with jewelry making for beginners in mind. It's a great way to dive into the world of homemade jewelry!

This list of handy jewelry making tips was created by jewelry makers, for jewelry makers, so beginners can learn from those who have been there before them. They were once in your shoes! Learn from their words of wisdom, and your jewelry-making journey will be smooth sailing.

25 Helpful Jewelry Making Tips for Beginners

How to Get Started: 4 Jewelry Tips

  1. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed. Start out with the basics and go from there.

  2. Watch YouTube videos to get started. Seeing someone else execute a step might be easier than trying to deciper pictures.

  3. Use online tutorials for ideas.

  4. Skills come with practice; be patient!

Tools and Supplies: Jewelry Making for Beginners

  1. Spend the money on quality materials; it's worth it.

  2. Get the right jewelry making tools—it makes a difference!

    For a better understanding of useful tools check out this very helpful jewelry supplies video tutorial. We've also got a fantastic beginner's guide to jewelry tools!

  3. Use a bead board to make your designs. That way you can easily redo a design as many times as you like without wasting materials.

  4. Use strong, quality jump rings that can stand constant use and weight.

  5. Always use FireLine with crystals.

  6. If you work with crimp beads, crimping pliers are a must! Pieces can end up falling apart if you try to use regular pliers. Crimp pliers make the hold much stronger.

    Check out this video that teaches you how to use crimp beads, so you can have a better understanding of what you're doing!

  7. Want to start a bead collection, but not sure which ones to get? Lucky for you, we've put together this Basic Bead Guide for DIY Jewelry Beading Patterns! From metal beads to seed beads, you'll learn everything you need to go to that craft store with confidence.

Design Tips

  1. Don't be afraid to take something apart and do it differently.

  2. Something that sounds like a great design in theory might not necessarily end up looking how you wanted it to. Just take it apart and try to change the design a little. You may find it ends up better than the one you originally wanted.

  3. There are no mistakes, only opportunities for improvement.

  4. Don't be afraid to try something new or change a pattern to reflect your own taste.

  5. Sometimes mistakes can create the most cherished pieces of jewelry ever!

  6. If you make something you don't really like, someone else will!

Words of Encouragement

  1. Be patient and kind with yourself.

  2. Don't get discouraged if your product doesn't look like the professional one. Keep practicing, and you'll get there.

  3. Jewelry making is fun; don't stress!

  4. Don't be afraid to make mistakes.

  5. Don't give up! Love what you do, and keep building the passion for it.

  6. Anything goes; be creative!

  7. Have fun!

  8. And last but not least...

    Be Warned: It's addictive! :)

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This is a great book for beginners. I wish I had seen it years ago when I first started out. I want to tell my friends where to find it and to down load it. There are so many tips that will save time, money and patience. Thank you for sharing it.

What a great Book! Up to now, I've only strung beads.

Great advice! Definitely splurge for quality when it counts. I thought I could save a bit and bought some seed beads from a dollar store. I was new to bead work, and didn't think it would matter. The inconsistent size, and shape really add up on a finished project. I've start scouring sale and clearance bins. I stock up on things I know I'll use. I can still save a lot without sacrificing the quality.

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