Custom Create Your Own Jewellery in Six Easy Steps
The art of Jewellery making dates back to ancient times. Jewellery was used for personal adornment, an expression of faith, as part of burying the dead and as a sign of social status. As technology evolved so did jewellery. Jewellery began with bones, shells and hemp strings and advanced to elaborate crowns only attainable by royalty and the elite. Today, due to the discovery of precious metals, gemstones, new materials, and advanced technology, not only can anyone purchase jewellery but anyone can make it if they know how.
Below are six easy steps for creating your own jewellery. Keep in mind that these are stepping stones to get you started. As aptly said by famous television producer Shonda Rhimes, “The only limit to your success is your own imagination.” The more you create, experiment and dabble with new techniques, materials and methods, the better your output will be.
Pick your poison
In other words, decide what you want to create. It might sound simple but you need to start with your concept. If you search for jewellery, you will find endless images, designs, and materials. So, start your search, find something that speaks to you and stick with it.
You can browse Pinterest, your favourite shops, blogs and even your family’s favourite pieces for inspiration. There will be plenty of opportunities to create other jewellery so don’t be paralysed by the endless options. Give yourself a deadline to make the decision, pick your poison (so to say) and move on.
You might want to draw out your concept based on what you searched. Make sure you have this image, whether self-created, printed or drawn out on hand. You will now know if you will be working with beads, metalwork, glass, leather, clay, etc.
Get kitted out
Purchase the relevant jewellery kit and materials. This will depend on the piece of jewellery you decided to create. Show your image to your local craft or jewellery store for guidance about what to purchase. Keep in mind, if this is your first project then you might want to focus on cheaper materials, such as stainless-steel jewellery, and move on from there.
Useful items for any jewellery projects include a variety of pliers, roles of copper, tweezers, wire, wire cutters, a calliper (which measures distance between two opposite sides of an object), an awl (to create holes), a jump ring opener, scissors, a tape measure, needle threaders and different kinds of jewellery accessories such as clasps and earring hooks.
Tip: Watch a video of how to make your jewellery, if possible, before you go shopping so you purchase exactly what you need and so you don’t purchase unnecessary items.
Create your space
You have been inspired to create something beautiful and now you need a space that will help you do just that. Jewellery pieces can be small and easy to lose. Create a dedicated space where all your materials will be neatly stored, organised and if you have the time, labelled. Inexpensive and transparent containers will make finding and storing your jewellery nice and easy. Create a working space where you will create your jewellery that is spacious and create a system so that all materials are in arms reach while you work.
Remember size counts
You don’t want to create something stunning only to realise that the size is absolutely incorrect so familiarise yourself with standard jewellery measurements before you begin. Measure out your piece and design to the correct size. You can do this by comparing it to a necklace you already have for example or by googling. For example, different types of necklaces have different measurements and men and women require different measurements.
- Rope necklaces are generally 34 to 36 inches.
- Princess-style necklaces are 17 to 19 inches.
- Chockers are 14 to 16 inches.
- Necklaces that fall just below the collar bone are 20 inches for men and 17 inches for women.
- Bracelets are 7 inches for women and 8 to 11 for men. If you are making a bracelet for a particular person or yourself, use one of their or your bracelets and this measure it as everyone has a different wrist size.
- Ring sizes vary so you can get a ring sizer and measure your existing rings and duplicate this size. You can also purchase a wheel of all the ring sizes to get the correct measurement.
Time to up-skill
It is now time to create your masterpiece and gain the skills needed. This will, of course, depend on the design you have chosen. It may be as simple as watching YouTube tutorials. Skillshare.com, for example, has free online jewellery making classes. But if your piece is complicated and you cannot find anything similar online, then you can attend a jewellery-making class to gain the needed skills or you can ask the owners of craft shops to show you what to do. Classes can range from basic to advanced and can be found online and in stores. Project dependent, you may find it easier having someone walk you through the processes. The basic skills you acquire, such as opening and closing jump rings, will be useful to all projects going forward.
Tip: Make sure to practice before you start your actual piece.
Learn, persevere, and enjoy
Remember that if this is your first-time creating jewellery or with a particular method or material, you will likely face a learning curve. Stick to it, consult online platforms and craft shop consultants if need be and persevere. The work will be worthwhile when you see your piece materialise and you know it was all due to your hard work.
Remember to enjoy the work while you create. Put your favourite music on and enjoy the moment. Jewellery is not only about the end product but also about the creative process. You are now the creator, enjoy your journey.