In our WigJig web site we provide instructions in making jewelry by hand using many different techniques. In this web page we will try to summarize at a high level the ten approaches to making jewelry that we teach and we will provide links to our instructions on those techniques. All ten techniques are relatively easy to use and are suitable for beginners although some are easier than others. The ten jewelry making techniques follow.
1. Making Jewelry with Jewelry Wire and Beads Using our WigJig Tools:
Our first technique is making wire components using our WigJig jewelry making tools. This is our favorite technique and we describe it in great detail here in our web site. Please view the earrings at right as an example of jewelry made with wire and beads using our WigJig tools. For someone who wants to get started making jewelry with using this approach, the best way to start is to review all the information in our "For Beginners" Section by selecting here. The information in our For Beginner's section will explain the tools, the skills, the supplies and all the other information necessary for someone to begin in this jewelry making technique. We even suggest which jewelry making designs are appropriate for beginners and recommend several designs to get started.
Once you have reviewed the information in our For Beginner's section then you would be ready to begin making some designs. Please select one of the following topics and select any picture on the resulting page to view our free step-by-step jewelry making instructions for hundreds of different jewelry projects.
2. Setting Gemstones:
Our second jewelry making technique is setting gemstones. While this sounds like an intimidating project that requires years of experience, we have found several findings that allow even rank beginners to be able to easily set gemstones in findings and make gemstone jewelry. The findings we recommend for beginners are called "snap-fit" findings and if you can pick up a tooth pick, you can make jewelry with those findings. The earrings jewelry making project shown at right is a good example of a very easy to make pair of earrings, made by setting gemstones into snap-fit findings. We have a lot of information on how to set gemstones in our "Gemstones" section of our Jewelry Techniques area of our web site. Please select here to view our free jewelry making instructions on making gemstone jewelry. Please remember that we selected these projects because they were suitable for a beginner to making jewelry. Our five year old nephew has made several earrings like the ones shown above-right.
3. Making Jewelry by Wire Wrapping:
Our third jewelry making technique is called "wire wrapping". In wire wrapping, instead of glue or solder, wire is bent or wrapped around itself to make permanent wire components, often incorporating beads or gemstones. Please see the earrings at right. In these earrings you can view a wire component between the ear wire and the stone that includes two loops with wrapped wire in between. This is an example of wire wrapped jewelry. On our WigJig web site, we have many beginner's wire wrapping projects like the earrings shown at right. We also have a book in our Internet store, "Moods in Wire", that provides good instructions on more advanced wire wrapping projects. You can find "Moods in Wire" here.
4. Making Necklaces and Bracelets by Stringing Beads:
Our fourth jewelry making technique is making necklaces and bracelets using bead-stringing. There are two basic approaches to bead-stringing. The oldest is stringing beads by knotting silk thread between each bead. This approach is thousands of years old and was originally invented by the Chinese. The rationale behind the knots between each bead was that when your necklace broke, you could only lose one beads, the remainder would remain together. We have free instructions on making jewelry by stringing beads on silk thread using knots here.
The second basic technique for stringing beads is the much newer approach to stringing beads and finishing the jewelry by using crimp beads. The best crimp beads are small metal tubes. These tubes are threaded onto flexible jewelry wire like Soft Flex and then squeezed with special bead crimping pliers to fasten, or fix that flexible wire so the beads won't slide off. The advantage to the newer approach using crimp beads is that it takes much less time to make a necklace using this technique. Here are two important links about this approach to jewelry making: