Making jewelry is one of my hobbies, and I think that it’s one of the greatest pastimes one can have. I love listening to the radio, watching my favorite YouTubers, or just educating myself with an online course all while I tend to my DIY projects.
I’ve thought about putting together a post about the basics of making jewelry with your hands, but the fact is that every person is different and might be attracted to some kind of material or the next. I like to try out everything I get my hands on, and there are many places where you can get your supplies for cheap.
The five basic tools you will need for this hobby are wire cutters, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, and several crimp tools. Of course, if your budget allows you to make other expenses, I also suggest getting several bead stoppers.
Metalsmithing with jewelry does not address complete rookies, which is to say that you will have to do a bit of research on using various tools and machines. You need things like a torch, solder supplies, pliers and files, tool boxes and saws, but also a drill press, for example. So, if you are tech-savvy or have used some of these tools before, I believe you should try it out. But if you aren’t into overly complicated activities, perhaps you have to steer clear of metalsmithing.
In terms of supplies, you can use a lot of materials from gems, beads, all sorts of metals, be they precious or not, and even wood and certain types of wax. If you have no prior experience with working with such supplies, I personally recommend an online course or a class in your area. Some associations such as the American Federation of Mineralogical Society can provide some guidance in this sense.
So, what happens once you’ve mastered the craft of making handmade jewelry? You need to start selling yourself on the internet. Some of the best-known websites you can use to showcase and sell your work are Etsy, Zazzle, Dawanda, and the ever popular eBay.
There’s also a website specialized on creatives, whether you study art, design, want to make a bit of money on the side, or would enjoy learning more about taking stunning photographs. It’s called CreativeLive it has hundreds of online courses. Of course, some of them might cost a pretty penny, but many are intended for people who build things with their own hands. How to Make a Living Selling What You Make by Megan Auman is just an example.
In case you don’t want to spend a cent on learning new things about jewelry making, you could search for articles on Instructables, another useful website.