This page has links to websites that have valuable information, tutorials and projects about jewellery making or making jewelry generally.
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Learn how to work with aluminium in this techniques tutorial from Making Jewellery Magazine.
Here are the simple instructions to show you how to use two-part epoxy clay to make a crystal embedded ring. This clay can be embedded with crystal chatons and other items, no need for glue or baking in the oven.
Great technique for creating Sterling silver wire balls without the wrinkles. From Lora Hart at PMC Connection.
Weathered copper-effect pebbles, shells and sea-glass combine with natural colours to make this multi-strand necklace. The piece combines weathered verdigis copper-effect pebbles and shells together with knotted hemp string, a faux suede thong in tan and cream and Amazonite beads in sea-glass shades with a wire wrapped sea-glass focal.
Bezel Making - Ganoksin
Joints that fit well make soldering a snap. The next time you need to solder or fuse a bezel, try using a separating disc, which has even abrasive sides, to slice through the bezel stock first. This quick procedure minimizes gaps and ensures a perfect connection.
Chain maille earrings.
Casting Organics - Carina Rossner
Great step by step tutorial on how to turn flowers or leaves into sterling silver cast pieces. Clear photos and good descriptions.
Catches - Ganoksin
The first requirement of all catches is that they secure neckpieces and bracelets in such a way that they will not fall off the wearer. Once this is accomplished, there are other concerns that should be addressed. Read more in this illustrated article.
Clasp - Art Bead Scene
Create a wire hook and eye clasp to use with a multi-strand design.
This website is free to join and has some free tutorials as well as some which you have to pay for. Covers jewelry making in polymer clay mainly.
Chevron Chain - Bead Man
This chain maille project has been created using 20ga 2.0mm ID and 20ga 3.0mm ID. But other sizes can be used, like 20ga 2.5 / 20ga 3.5 or 18ga 2.5/18ga 3.5
This pretty set is made with Swarovski ELEMENTS and seed beads by Maura Buckner, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Very thorough and easy to follow instructions of basic wireworking skills with good pictures. Includes how to make single eye pins, double eye pins, wrapped eye pins, jump rings, spirals, clasps and coils.
It is easy to etch your own designs into metal for jewelry. This tutorial will teach you how!
Chain and crochet flower necklace.
A host of golden daffodils nodding in a gentle breeze is a sure sign that spring has arrived at last. By Linzi Alford for Making Jewellery Magazine
Simply place your metal piece in the block and use a hammer (preferably brass) to repeatedly tap the punch into the metal.
Easy crystal earrings made with ready set rhinestones.
While this is obviously a tutorial to make your own acorn necklace,why not take the idea and create your own inspiring piece to keep you going when things look tough.
Range of jewellery making projects for all levels. Well set out and easy to follow.
Useful tutorial with lots of tips for making your own ear wires.
Earwires Tutorial - Sian Hamilton
Head and eye pins come in a variety of lengths but Sian usually uses a standard wire dimension, which fits very nicely through the ear for earwires. Here she will show you how to take a pair of head and eye pins and turn them into unique earwires to make your earrings have that extra special finish.
Karen Dougherty, author of Metal Style: 20 Jewelry Designs with Cold Join Techniques, shared these step-by-step instructions for creating uniquely shaped ear wires. Use them with your own earring designs or with her bonus riveted flower earring project.
Made with 20G wire and shows how to make the shape itself, not the beading (which you design yourself).
Great tutorial about etching on copper strip to make bracelets. Good pictures and explanation.
Learn how to make these perfect but simple fabric beads. Tutorial by Linda Matthews.
Use wire to form the leaf motifs on this pretty bracelet and dress it up with beads and crystals.
Felt beads are easy and very inexpensive to make - you only need a few grams of merino wool top and some soapy water. Combined with glass, metal or ceramic beads, they make beautiful jewellery and they can be made into decorations, zip pulls, hair pins, charms for phones and purses – the list is endless!
Useful article about the flexible shaft machine by Andy Cooperman.
This floral neckpiece and co-ordinating earrings is created from beautiful Czech glass beads with golden flower and leaf embellishments in the spirit of the costume jewellery made by Miriam Haskell dating from the 1940s and 50s.
Great tutorial from Berlin based Fashion Designer and DIY Queen Xenia Kuhn.
Fantastic resource for anyone working in the jewelry world. This site is packed with articles, tips and hints. Has an article section on metal clay. Well worth browsing.
Create a dramatic statement ring made from one of the most common items on earth...rocks! It may not be the most common craft supply in your closet, but it's amazing what a little bit of paint and gold wire can do.
Great little tutorial showing how to make matching ear wires using decorative headpins.
Heat Sink or Heat Shield - Soldering
You’ve put a bunch of time into a piece, and now you have to solder a ring onto the end of a chain, or an ear post onto the back of an earring, and you REALLY don’t want to ruin all your hard work on this last delicate step by melting or annealing something that wasn’t supposed to be melted or annealed! How do you protect your tender bits from the relentless flame?
Braided bracelet which uses hex nuts in the design.
Use sterling silver discs, brass or copper discs for this nice project.
Great tutorial showing an easy way to make matching hoop earrings.
Useful site with lots of jewellery making projects. Clear tutorials with pictures.
How-to guides on a variety of beginners jewellery making techniques.
Huge range of tutorials, some free, some you have to pay for. Lots of techniques and variety from chainmaille and silverwork to wirework and weaving.
Good selection of jewelry related tutorials including tumble polishing, liver of sulphur patina, etching copper and more. From Hodgepodgerie.
This is a place for Jewelers of all experience levels to gather and to get info, from quick tips of the day, to specialized education. JewelryMonk is just beginning, but in the upcoming weeks and months, there will be:
- A podcast (weekly internet radio show) with ideas, interviews, guests, tips, etc.
- Specialized Video Lessons with one on one email and phone consultations.
- Specialized E-Book Lessons focusing on Basic Soldering, Stone Setting, Polishing, etc.
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Take a look at how to make your own jumprings to use in your jewellery making. By Sian Hamilton.
Make this quick and easy necklace. Have fun using up those leather scraps, or any material or recycled stuff.
In this tutorial, Lena Marie Echelle will show you the method and tricks she uses for making a simple locket hinge out of sterling silver.
Lockets - Ganoksin
With this project, you no longer have to rely on a fashion trend to have a high-quality locket -- you can create your own. You will learn how to make the traditional hinged locket and an easier slide locket.
Wire and bead jewellery making projects.
Simple, short tutorial showing how to create your own headpins using a butane torch. Good pictures illustrate this tutorial.
Knowing how to choose the correct hardness of sheet and wire metals for your jewelry techniques and designs helps you achieve the good-looking, long-lasting results you want. Metal hardness is one of the trickiest things to try to explain—the term is relative to the particular metal or alloy, for starters; depending on the elements that make up each particular alloy, what’s called “hard” in one metal won’t bend, form, work, or feel the same as a material designated as “hard” in another metal. This useful article from Rio Grande explains hardness really clearly.
Metal stamps are fun, creative jewelry making tools. These tips and techniques show you how to get great results, from the very first time you try metal stamping jewelry.
Multi Strand Bracelet - Fire Mountain Gems
Multi-Strand Bracelet with Seed Beads and Gunmetal-Plated Pewter Spacer Bars.
Navette Earrings - Beadaholique
These striking earrings have a distinct Art Deco feel and feature gorgeous SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS faux pearls positioned atop Vintaj Navette pendants. Their darker color palette lends a mysterious air to them.
A great beading technique, and used in Tina Booth's project from issue 70 of Making Jewellery magazine.
This great idea from Sabine Alienor shows you how to use shrink plastic to make your own templates for polymer clay or metal clay work.
The mantra of polishing jewelry is the shinier the better – and obtaining polishing perfection takes skill and practice. It also helps to have the right tools in your polishing arsenal. This Ganoksin article has some suggestions for polishing tools and tricks you can use to obtain a better shine.
There are times when doing a proper polishing job might actually take longer than the amount of time you spent making the piece. You might think it could be tedious, but many artists find that they actually enjoy it, because they know the end result will be a beautiful piece of wearable art that will be worn for many years to come.
Online, searchable resourse for past articles from Professional Jeweler Magazine. Search any jewelry related subject to see a wealth of information.
This lovely tutorial from our friend and HubPages master Margaret Schindel is really beautiful and very simple. Margaret says, "My gorgeous Queen of Hearts Earrings are a quick and fairly easy beaded jewelry project that you can create yourself with terrific results."
This project includes riveting, metal shaping and stamping.
This rustic foldover pendant tutorial is an easy two-part project. Here in Part 1, we'll make a simple square pendant from copper, with a bail that's created by folding over a piece of the pendant. Now head over to Part 2 of this tutorial to put a blueish or greenish patina on your copper.
Get ready to show your Irish spirit with this fun beaded crochet bracelet.
Shell Rings - Jewelry Making Daily
Making jewelry using shells is a great way to keep a special vacation with you all year long--and to remind yourself, in the dark days of winter, that summer isn't so far away. Celebrate summer by making this blingy, sparkle-tastic ring by Eleanore Macnish. You can purchase the shell or use one you find during a beach stroll; then just follow Eleanore's simple instructions to bling it up using Crystal Clay and rhinestones.
One of the first tasks a jeweler will want to tackle when getting into soldering is to solder a post onto an earring, but they find out quickly that it can get a little frustrating because this is one of the more difficult things to do. Let me explain why…. Most people when soldering think that it is fairly simple, get two pieces of metal, add solder and fire….. simple. Not so fast. Like I said, soldering posts are not that easy because you are attempting to solder a very thin, small piece of metal to a much larger piece of metal. Find out more here.
The soutache technique, which is worked with a flat cord and beads, is the perfect style to complement the '60s era, as it is very colourful, striking and unique.
This “Simple Formed Pendant” tutorial uses a very cool metal mini-forming steel block.
Have you had an ear post bend or break off as you put the ear nut on it? This tip is quick and simple to do and ensures a secure and long-lasting result for your soldered-on ear posts.
An introductory tutorial on creating Barb Fajardo's signature Textured Flora Beads in Polymer Clay.
Sea shells make great jewelry, especially combined with metal clay. This web page has lots of useful tips and hints on how to drill holes in sea shells.
A watch specially designed for Alice, full of sweet charms that would remind her of all the adventures she had in Wonderland. By Lynn Allingham for Making Jewellery Magazine
Tutorial about soldering jumprings using paste solder.
Curved surfaces show more reflections than flat and the result appears brighter and more pleasing to the eye. Also, when you work a piece of metal by shaping and filing you make it look much more appealing than a punched out flat piece.
Wire rivets are a great way to attach two pieces of metal. Wire rivets can be used in small tight spaces and also can be made to disappear into the surface if needed. Working with a small curved surface can be difficult and a wire rivet works perfectly with a few tricks!
Making wire jewelry is a great way to make stunning jewelry designs using simple techniques for combining wire and other elements without soldering. Wire wrapped jewelry is a favorite among today's jewelry makers on the go because you only need a few basic wire wrapping tools, your wire, and any gemstones or beads you want to include. Download these 6 free wire jewelry projects to explore various versatile wire jewelry making techniques. This free eBook comes with complete step by step wire jewelry instructions as well as material and tool lists. Once you try these great wire jewelry designs, you'll be hooked. Grab your pliers, cutters, hammers, and bench blocks now – you're just minutes away from creating one-of-a-kind pieces of wire jewelry with these wire jewelry patterns from Jewelry Making Daily.
Wrapped Cabochette Necklace - Beadaholique
A pretty jet black Cabochette crystal pendant is wrapped in silver plated wire to make a lovely and classic pendant.
Great tutorial from Rings and Things showing how to make a wrapped leather bracelet with beads included.
Wubbers tools are unsurpassed in their ability to meet the needs of jewelry makers. Suited for the novice and professional alike, Wubbers are the pliers that work for any level jeweler. What I didn't realise was that their website has a whole lot of brilliant tutorials in all kinds of jewelry making techniques from silver working to enamelling, texturing metal and a lot more. Check out Wubbers University for the tutorials, free sign up and off you go!