Jewelry Making Web Based Tutorials and Guides

This page has links to websites that have valuable information, tutorials and projects about jewellery making or making jewelry generally.

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Aluminium necklaceAll about Aluminium

Learn how to work with aluminium in this techniques tutorial from Making Jewellery Magazine.


Air dry clay ringAir Dry Clay Jewellery

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.

Balling Silver Wire

Great technique for creating Sterling silver wire balls without the wrinkles. From Lora Hart at PMC Connection.

Beachcomber NecklaceBeachcomber Necklace

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 makingBezel 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.

Cascade EarringsCascade Earrings - The Bead Man

Chain maille earrings.





Daisy castingCasting 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.


Bracelet catchesCatches - 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.


Gate ClaspClasp - Art Bead Scene

Create a wire hook and eye clasp to use with a multi-strand design.


Clay Lessons

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.

Chain Mail projectChevron 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


Collar style necklace and earringsCollar Style Necklace and Earrings Set

This pretty set is made with Swarovski ELEMENTS and seed beads by Maura Buckner, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®




Connie Fox - basic wire jewelry skills

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.

Etched and stamped metalCopper Etching Tutorial

It is easy to etch your own designs into metal for jewelry. This tutorial will teach you how!




Crochet flower necklaceCrochet Flowers Necklace

Chain and crochet flower necklace.


Daffodil necklaceDaffodil 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





Dapped brass earringsDap and Dome Metal Jewelry

Simply place your metal piece in the block and use a hammer (preferably brass) to repeatedly tap the punch into the metal.


DIY crystal earringsDIY Crystal Earrings

Easy crystal earrings made with ready set rhinestones.




Acorn necklaceDIY Memory Necklace

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.

Do Crafts - Jewellery Making Projects

Range of jewellery making projects for all levels. Well set out and easy to follow.

Double Strand NecklaceDouble Strand Necklace and Earring Set

Double-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Swarovski Crystal and Gunmetal-Finished "Pewter" and Epoxy Pendant from Fire Mountain Gems.







Earring Wire Guidelines

Useful tutorial with lots of tips for making your own ear wires.

Loop earwiresEarwires 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.


EarwiresEarring Wires with a Secure Catch

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.

Elven Silver EarringsElven Earrings

Made with 20G wire and shows how to make the shape itself, not the beading (which you design yourself).


Etching metal tutorialEtching Metal

Great tutorial about etching on copper strip to make bracelets. Good pictures and explanation.






Simple fabric beadsFabric Beads

Learn how to make these perfect but simple fabric beads. Tutorial by Linda Matthews.



Falling leaves braceletFalling Leaves Bracelet

Use wire to form the leaf motifs on this pretty bracelet and dress it up with beads and crystals.


Felt beadsFelt Beads

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!


The Flexible Shaft Machine

Useful article about the flexible shaft machine by Andy Cooperman.

Gold collarFloral Neckpiece

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.




Braided necklaceFolkloric Braid Necklace

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.

Gold Rock RingGold Statement Rock Ring

Create a dramatic statement ring made from one of the most common items on! 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.



Headpin ear wiresHeadpin Ear Wires

Great little tutorial showing how to make matching ear wires using decorative headpins.

Heat shield vs heat sinkHeat 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?




Hex nut braceletHex Nut Bracelet

Braided bracelet which uses hex nuts in the design.



Hidden message locketHidden Message Locket

Use sterling silver discs, brass or copper discs for this nice project.



Hoop earringsHoop Earring Tutorial

Great tutorial showing an easy way to make matching hoop earrings.


How to Make Beaded Jewellery

Useful site with lots of jewellery making projects. Clear tutorials with pictures.

Jeneca Beads

How-to guides on a variety of beginners jewellery making techniques.

Jewelry Lessons

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.

Jewelry Making Tutorials

Good selection of jewelry related tutorials including tumble polishing, liver of sulphur patina, etching copper and more. From Hodgepodgerie.

Jewelry Monk

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.
  • …….more

Make sure to Subscribe to the Blog Via Email on the main page so you do not miss anything.

JumpringsJump Ring Making

Take a look at how to make your own jumprings to use in your jewellery making. By Sian Hamilton.




Leather necklaceLeather Leaf Necklace

Make this quick and easy necklace. Have fun using up those leather scraps, or any material or recycled stuff.



Locket with HingesLocket Hinge

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.



LocketsLockets - 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.


London Jewellery School Projects

Wire and bead jewellery making projects.

Make your own Headpins - The Bead Man

Simple, short tutorial showing how to create your own headpins using a butane torch. Good pictures illustrate this tutorial.

Metal Hardness

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 Tips and Techniques

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.

Seed bead braceletMulti Strand Bracelet - Fire Mountain Gems

Multi-Strand Bracelet with Seed Beads and Gunmetal-Plated Pewter Spacer Bars.





Navette EarringsNavette 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.



Peyote Ring Peyote Ring Tutorial

A great beading technique, and used in Tina Booth's project from issue 70 of Making Jewellery magazine.




Plastic Templates Tutorial

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.

Polishing Tips and Tricks

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.

Polishing Tutorial

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.

Professional Jeweler Magazine Archives

Online, searchable resourse for past articles from Professional Jeweler Magazine. Search any jewelry related subject to see a wealth of information.

Queen of Hearts EarringsQueen of Hearts Earring Project

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."



Riveted love pendantRiveted Love Pendant

This project includes riveting, metal shaping and stamping.



Foldover copper pendantRustic Fold Over Pendant

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.

Shamrock BraceletShamrock Crochet Bracelet

Get ready to show your Irish spirit with this fun beaded crochet bracelet.




Shell ringsShell 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.  

Soldering Earring Posts

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.


Soutache NecklaceSoutache Necklace

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.




Stamped copper discsStamped Copper Discs

This “Simple Formed Pendant” tutorial uses a very cool metal mini-forming steel block.

Strengthening Soldered Earring Posts

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.

Textured Flora Beads in Polymer Clay

An introductory tutorial on creating Barb Fajardo's signature Textured Flora Beads in Polymer Clay.

Thrifty Fun - How to Drill Holes in Sea Shells

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.

Alices WatchTick Tock Alices Watch

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






Unique Solutions

Tutorial about soldering jumprings using paste solder.

Why dap?Why Dap?

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 Riveting on a Curve

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! 

Wire wrapping jewelleryWire Wrapping Jewellery

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 necklaceWrapped Cabochette Necklace - Beadaholique

A pretty jet black Cabochette crystal pendant is wrapped in silver plated wire to make a lovely and classic pendant.


Wrapped leather braceletWrapped Leather Bracelets

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!

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