In our web site we provide instructions for making jewelry with wire and beads, making jewelry with gemstones and findings, making jewelry by stringing beads, making jewelry by setting 1/2 drilled pearls into findings with glue, and several other techniques. In the below paragraphs we try to provide information and links to get you started in one of these jewelry making techniques. If you don't find the technique below that you want try one of the lins below:
For someone trying to get started in making jewelry with wire and beads, there are four basic topics that must be addressed. These topics are:
What are the jewelry making tools that are required?
What are the jewelry making supplies that must be available?
What jewelry making skills and techniques must be learned?
Are there any jewelry making kits that can help me get started?
Here, we will try to provide a basic understanding of our perspective on making jewelry.
Let's begin by discussing what we mean by the phrase "making jewelry with wire and beads". As in many endeavors there are many ways to make jewelry. Making jewelry for some means adding a gemstone to a finding like a ring in a manner that permanently fixes the gemstone in place. This is certainly making jewelry.
Making jewelry for others means stringing beads on silk or synthetic thread using knots or on flexible wire with crimp beads. These two techniques are certainly making jewelry. We discuss these bead stringing via knotting approaches here and beadstringing using beading wire and crimp beads here, but the techniques for making jewelry with knotted thread and beads will not be discussed further in this beginner's section. We do have a beginner's beadstringing kit with free step-by-step instructions that you can view here.
We also have instructions for making pearl beads jewelry by gluing 1/2 drilled pearl beads into jewelry making findings. You can view our pearl beads kits here.
Another way to make jewelry is to use processes that involve heat like casting or soldering components to make finished jewelry pieces. We do not discuss these techniques in this web site. There are other sources for information on how to make jewelry with soldering or casting.
Now for what we do discuss in great detail -- we will discuss the tools, supplies and techniques necessary for making jewelry components out of beads and jewelry wire and how to connect these components together with no soldering required. For some, this craft is called wire wrapping because instead of soldering wire components, wire is wrapped around itself or other pieces of wire to form permanent pieces of jewelry. To begin learning about this craft please, select one of the links below:
Summary of jewelry making instructions:
We try to address many different ways for making jewelry and provide instructions suitable for beginners in those different ways of making jewelry. Our emphasis is on making jewelry with jewelry wire, beads and common jewelry supplies made using WigJig jewelry tools, but this is certainly not the only jewelry making technique that we address. Please follow the links above to the jewelry making instructions that meet your needs. What we don't address on this web site are any instructions for making jewelry that involves soldering, welding or melting glass -- any technique involving a torch or flame. We hope you will find some instructions that are interesting to you.