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Beginner's First Jewelry Project

Beginner's instructions in how to choose your first jewelry making project:

For a Beginner, one of the most intimidating steps in jewelry making is to actually begin making a jewelry item.  The obvious first question is what does a beginner need to know to begin.  In the following paragraphs we will try to show where to go to learn the basic skills that are necessary in working with jewelry wire and beads and will identify some resources to visit to learn how to perform these skills.

Perhaps even more important than showing you where to go to learn the skills, we will actually suggest what you should choose as your first jewelry project. The reason we make this suggestion for a first project is that we have talked to too many people who found a jewelry project that they wanted to make and commenced by trying to make that project without understanding whether the project was suitable for a beginner or not.

Infinity Jewelry Wire and Beaded Earrings made using WigJig jewelry making tools.

Queen of Clubs Beaded Earrings made out of jewelry wire and beads shaped using WigJig jewelry tools.
  Queen of Clubs Beaded Earrings jewelry making project made using WigJig jewelry tools out of jewelry wire and beads.
Infinity Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings
Select the picture or text
above to link to our instructions
for making these earrings.
     Queen of Clubs Earrings    
Select the picture or text
above to link to our instructions
for making these earrings.

 

 

Now let's try to answer the obvious question -- What makes a project suitable for a beginner? 

  1. Instructions are detailed explaining every step in the process.
  2. Where skills are required, the instructions include a link to a description of how to perform that skill.
  3. Where appropriate, videos are referenced to help understand the techniques used. 
  4. Instructions include a picture for every step in the project. 
  5. In general, we assume that any project that requires wrapping wire around itself, is not suitable for beginners. Wrapping wire is a jewelry making skill that is better left to advanced beginners who have successfully completed several jewelry making projects.  

Before we actually recommend a jewelry making project for beginners, let's discuss how we organize our free jewelry making instructions.  For every jewelry making project that we describe on our web site we start with several introductory paragraphs like these.  The introductory paragraphs include some general discussion, a picture of the finished jewelry item like the picture above-right, and three sections that list the Jewelry Making Supplies, Jewelry Tools and Jewelry Making Skills necessary to complete that project.  After these three paragraphs, we begin our step-by-step instructions for making that jewelry item.  The Jewelry Supplies, Jewelry Making Tools and Jewelry Making Skills paragraphs below are those associated with our recommended beginners first jewelry project. 

The first jewelry projects that we recommend for beginners is our Infinity Jewelry Wire & Beads Earrings and our Queen of Clubs Earrings projects shown above.  At the bottom of this web page we will provide a link to our instructions for making these earrings. 

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Making Tools:

 

Jewelry Making Skills:

Step 1:  Before making any jewelry item, please view our WigJig Basics Video by selecting here.

Step 2:  Assemble the jewelry making supplies and jewelry tools required. 

Step 3:  Review the instructions for the jewelry making skills required. 

Step 4:  When you have completed all of the above you are ready to make the earrings.  We use these projects for our recommended first project because these earrings are easy and quick to make.  This helps to ensure that your first jewelry making project will be successful.  It will also leave you with earrings that you can wear or use as gifts. 

 

Infinity Jewelry Wire and Beads Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools.
Queen of Clubs Beaded Earrings made using WigJig jewelry tools to shape jewelry wire.
Infinity Earrings Queen of Clubs Earrings

 

 

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