The other day I was walking down a pretty nice street. It was the kind of street that had a Starbucks on every corner, and fine restaurants in between. I’m sure you can picture the exact kind of boulevard I am referring to. I came across a jewelry store, and in the window was a necklace with a price tag equivalent to a Ferrari’s. It got me to thinking that I could make jewellery. Why am I not selling my crafts for the price of small houses? Well, there are a lot of reasons, but most notably, I don’t have access to rare and precious gems, nor do I have the tools, skills, or expertise to manipulate them. However, I do have a creative imagination that is required to make your own jewellery, and beautiful stones and semi-precious gems are not expensive at all!
Things you Need to Make your Own Jewellery
I’ve discovered that making jewellery is a fun and creative process that can be anywhere from wildly easy, to exciting and complicated. Start easy. First, you’ll need some tools to make your own jewellery. If you’re working with metal, and you most likely will be, you’ll need specific types of saws and pliers and safety equipment. Almost anything you’ll need you can find online for example at thediyoutlet.com . These and other such DIY sites will offer you priceless advice on what you will need for any jewellery making project, or at least point you in the right direction.
Also, when in doubt, use youtube.com. You can pretty much learn how to do anything from setting a stone, to soldering metal, to performing a tracheotomy. However, if you need to learn that to make your own jewellery, you need another kind of help. All kidding aside though, there are a lot of resources at your disposal, so use them. When making jewellery, you can use any material. I’ve seen a lot of DIY jewelry that is made from other people’s garbage, and sells for hundreds.
In my mind, the most important part of making jewellery is safety. You’ll be working with extreme temperatures and very sharp tools, so you’ll need to take the right precautions. Different types of tools require different safety protocols, so you can Google what is most recommended.
My favorite thing about DIY jewellery making is that it’s for everyone. Kids can do it, and even the simplest jewellery, when made at home, can make the most wonderful and sentimental gifts. I remember making a mother’s day gift out of macaroni and tree bark as a kid. I’d wager that she doesn’t still have that masterpiece, but I remember her reaction when I gave it to her. Whether you’re looking to make some extra money, start a new hobby, or just indulge your creative jeweller inside, DIY crafts will inspire you and start you on a hopefully long and rewarding journey.