So, you want to start making jewelry? It's a fantastic way to express your imagination and create something of your own, and best of all, you get to enjoy your masterpiece right away! You can wear it or give it as a perfectly personalized gift. Whatever you choose to do with what you make, you'll need to be equipped with a few techniques and tools to make sure your creations turn out to be pretty as they are in your imagination.

Basic Jewelry Making Skills

There're a few skills you'll need to learn in order to start making jewelry. For something simple like stringing, the hardest part may be picking out which beads to use! Other skills, however, may take a bit of practice. Don't let that discourage you! Some skills may not come so easily, but just because you don't start out good at something doesn't mean you can't improve! There's no feeling quite like being able to do something that you couldn't do before. So, practice your hand-knots and work on those wiring chops, and you'll soon have a solid foundation to build from.

Finding the Right Jewelry Making Tools

A jeweler, no matter how skilled, is nothing without their tools. It's important to be not only well equipped, but also familiar with your tools, and to understand when to use which ones. This may seem like a lot of tools, but each item has its own specific purpose that, if you want to get serious about making jewelry, you just can't go without.

 

Stringing Must-Haves

Among the most important are your crimp plier and cutter (or ‘nipper'). The crimp plier is essential for finishing your pieces elegantly, and the ‘nipper' basically functions like a pair of scissors with a small tip for getting in close and trimming unsightly pieces of extra string or stretch cord. These two tools are absolutely necessary for getting started with stringing jewelry like necklaces and bracelets.

 

Wire Helpers

For working with wire, your tools will be more varied, but equally important. Some of these pliers may seem redundant or unnecessary, but each has its own purpose that it fulfills better than anything else.

Take the round-nosed pliers for example. They can't be used for grabbing, folding, or bending as well as flat or chain-nose pliers, whose blunt and narrow ends are perfect for that sort of thing. They are simply unmatched, however, at creating a precise loop or coil in your wire, and the tapered end allows for loops of different sizes.

The flush cutter is another specialized tool that you will definitely miss if you don't have. They are absolutely ideal for trimming extra wire that would otherwise snag on your clothes or scratch you. The way they're shaped allows you to cut right up close to your piece, hence their name.

We Have Just What You Need

You may have some of these tools laying around your house in a drawer or in the garage. If you don't have any of them, we have the perfect kit for you to start with.

Getting Started

This is a great project for you to get started with. It's a good way to test your skills with both your tools and your wire-wrapping techniques. Not only is the result elegant, but you'll also become more familiar with your pliers and wire-wrapping for moving forward with other projects.

Happy crafting!

-Robert