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Getting Started

What information do newcomers to making jewelry with jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies need?

Throughout our web site, we provide a lot of information on how to make jewelry with jewelry wire and beads.  In some people's opinion, we provide too much information and it becomes difficult to find a place to start.  In this web page, we will simply try to provide information on where and how to get started making jewelry with wire and beads. There are a lot of things to learn when you are beginning a new hobby.  Getting started making jewelry with wire and beads, you will need to know what tools are required, what supplies are required, what skills do you need to know and where can you find training.  We obviously can't provide answers to every possible question in one web page.  What we can provide is links to web pages with information on each necessary topic.  In the following paragraphs we will try to point the beginner to the right place to find the answers necessary to get started making jewelry with wire and beads. 

Getting Started with a Jewelry Making Video

Throughout our web site, we provide a lot of information on how to make jewelry with jewelry wire and beads.  In some people's opinion, we provide too much information and it becomes difficult to find a place to start.  In this web page, we will simply try to provide information on where and how to get started making jewelry with wire and beads. There are a lot of things to learn when you are beginning a new hobby.  Getting started making jewelry with wire and beads, you will need to know what tools are required, what supplies are required, what skills do you need to know and where can you find training.  We obviously can't provide answers to every possible question in one web page.  What we can provide is links to web pages with information on each necessary topic.  In the following paragraphs we will try to point the beginner to the right place to find the answers necessary to get started making jewelry with wire and beads. 

Jewelry making Hand Tools

Second, most people need to know what tools they require. In this video we try to focus on the common hand tools used for making jewelry.  We try to break the discussion of hand tools down into those tools that are mandatory and absolutely required and those tools that are helpful and recommended.  We also try to discuss characteristics to seek when purchasing hand tools including the size and shape of the tools.

Jewelry Making Supplies

Third, everyone will need to understand the jewelry making supplies required to make jewelry.  Jewelry supplies will include all the raw materials necessary to make jewelry, including wire, beads and jewelry making findings.  For most beginners, we recommend that you start with 20 gauge jewelry wire.  20 gauge wire is not perfect for every application, but it is the easiest wire to use while learning the techniques required.

6 Common Errors made by beginners to making jewerly with jewelry wire, beads and tools:

  1. Many people see a jewelry design and that design is what motivates them to begin making jewelry.  Unfortunately, if that design is not suitable for a beginner, it may be a bad choice as a first jewelry project.  The biggest single error that people make is in picking a first or second project that is too difficult.  We recommend making the Queen of Clubs Earrings as a good first jewelry project.  It is suitable for beginners and allows you to make something that looks hand made and can be used as gifts. 
     

  2. A second error that people make is not accepting that everyone should use practice wire and make about 3 pieces out of practice wire before cutting your good wire.  Sterling Silver and Gold Filled wire are almost at record high prices.  Don't cut a segment of this expensive wire until you know exactly how much is required because you made the component in practice wire and measured both before and after so that you know exactly how much wire to use.  For the Celtic Triangle Earrings above, we made this component out of practice wire about 7-8 times before we were satisfied with the technique.  Any time you are making a new component, you should assume that you will need to make that component out of practice wire a few times until you are satisfied that you can make it properly.  Just as it is when you learn any new skill, everyone needs to practice,  including us. 
     

  3. A third error that many novices make is in not following the basic steps.  The basic steps are easy.  First you measure and cut the wire to length, second you make a loop in one end of the wire, and third you straighten the wire.  Many people forget to fully straighten the wire using nylon jaw pliers.  This results in some irregularities in your finished jewelry item.
     

  4. A fourth error that many people make is in placing all their pegs in the pattern at the beginning.  Unfortunately, this is something that we learned relatively recently.  You should always begin every pattern with only two pegs and add pegs as you go.  Many of our patterns on our web site don't show this, because when we documented that pattern, we weren't smart enough to know it at that time.  Now we know that if you have a pattern with 6 pegs and you start with 6 pegs, 4 of those pegs are going to be in your way and making life difficult. 
     

  5. A fifth error that people make is in not pushing the wire with just one finger while you hold and move the jig with your non-dominant hand.  Intuitively people want to grab the wire and hold the wire by the end of the wire and keep the jig stationary.  The important thing in making wire components is to keep the wire straight until you are ready to bend it against or around a peg.  Keeping the wire straight isn't easy to do when you grab the wire.  You will tend to add kinks and bends to your wire using that approach.  If you essentially hold the wire stationary, by pushing it with only the index finger on your dominant hand touching the wire, while you rotate the jig with your non-dominant hand you will find that it is easy to keep your wire straight.  Once you understand and can accomplish this technique you will be much more successful in making jewelry items with our jigs. 
     

  6. A final error that is relatively common is not releasing your grip on the wire after bending it against a peg.  Releasing your grip allows the wire to relax back to its normal position.  By releasing your grip after you bend the wire against a peg you ensure that your wire component won't spring out of shape when you remove it from your jig.

What we do NOT address

  1. We try to address many jewelry making topics on our web site.  All of the topics we address do not employ either heat or soldering.  Another topic that we don't address is making hand stamped jewelry.  There are many jewelry tools now available for stamping of sheet metal and making jewelry, but at present our web site does not have any free instructions in this craft.