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jamiejeans
08-20-2008, 04:01 PM
Is anyone here experienced (or even a novice) in jewelry making? I think I want to add this to my craft repetoire but am overwhelmed in where to start. I particularly like beading.
Any books or websites with easy to understand tutorials?

willowangel
08-20-2008, 07:33 PM
This was my original love! I'm trying to get back to it now, actually, to sell on Etsy.

There's quite a few different types of jewellery making, ranging from stringing beads and adding a clasp, to complex bead-weaving, through wire work and silversmithing. If you want to make jeweller's grade jewellery, or work with silver other than wire or PMC, look into taking a course at your local art college - the techniques are best learned in person. If you're more interested in working with beads and wire, there's plenty of great resources out there!

Here's some to get you started:

http://www.beadingdaily.com/
http://www.howtojewellery.co.uk/category/jewellery_making_basics/
http://www.jewelry-making.com/

This site has great patterns for jewellery and beadweaving :
http://www.bead-patterns.com/

To learn the basics of beadweaving:
http://www.suzannecooper.com/classroom/classmain.html

Particularly look for peyote stitch and square stitch - they're the easiest to learn and the most versatile (brick stitch is also very popular, although I hate it - have never got the hang of it!).

If you have any questions or get stuck with anything, give me a shout, I'd be glad to help out! I'm beading all the flowers for my wedding (sculptural peyote, herringbone and square stitch) and love working out new things :-)

Debkcs
08-21-2008, 01:46 AM
These people are the best,IMO, at least for us in the States. As your order grows, the prices decrease,and they are FAST getting your order to you.


www.firemountaingems.com

bambi
08-21-2008, 10:00 AM
I've done a bit of beading before. I would start with a book or a magazine that has some simple, basic projects. Go and get beads and whatever else the project calls for at a local bead store. They can help if you get stuck. Most also offer classes with materials included in the cost.

If you use the on line sites, try buying a kit at first that has everything included for a project. Otherwise, trying to figure out what to buy might be confusing.

I don't bead too much anymore. DD is 2 and it is too much of a choke hazard if I drop beads on the floor, etc. But I do plan on getting back into it. I have a moderate stash of beads and supplies.

Happy beading!

Bambi

bambi
08-21-2008, 10:03 AM
This site has some great kits and instructional videos:

http://www.jewelrysupply.com/

B

Cynamar
08-21-2008, 10:26 AM
I made bracelets a few years ago. For Julianne's birthday this year I set her up with a huge kit. I accumulated beads, wire, tools, and all the stuff for months before. She wears something different to school everyday and gift-giving for her friends got a lot easier!

jamiejeans
08-22-2008, 04:57 PM
thanks everyone for your suggestions. This is overwhelming but once it clicks I think I wil be spending some of my yarn money on this stuff!