Jewelry making is something that can be a fun hobby or an activity you can make money from. If you start out making jewelry and decide you like it, you can easily turn it into a business and sell your creations at events or online. Before you jump in, you need to get inspired by the various jewelry making ideas out there. If making jewelry for craft shows and to sell online is your aim, we offer this course that will teach you how to do just that. If making money is your aim, craft shows are a great way to get your name out there and for many people to see your designs. But first, you need to decide which kind of designs you want to make. The good news is, there are a lot of different choices, from wire wrapping to beading and more.
Make Your Own Earrings
Think of all the women you know. Now think of out of all of them, which ones don’t have their ears pierced? Earrings became popular in the United States around the 1920s with clip-on earrings and surged in popularity in the 1960s, when women and girls started piercing their ears. Now we have parlors devoted to ear piercing, as well as jewelry stores that offer ear piercing services. Basically, earrings are a popular jewelry item among women. They are also a piece of jewelry that is easy to make and has dozens of different styles, like the ones below:
- Bobby Pin Earrings
These earrings are cheap and easy to make. Chances are, you have stray bobby pins lying around the house. Take four or five pins for each earring, put them side-by-side and paint different colors of nail polish on them. When they are dry, string each group together with craft wire and attach the wire to earring hooks. It’s an easy and unique way to make jewelry that takes about 15 minutes per pair of earrings.
- Leather Shape Earrings
Grab some pieces of scrap leather from a hobby shop to start this easy craft. On the leather, trace out which shapes you want your earrings to be. They can be triangles, stars, circles, diamond, whatever you choose. For equal and more precise measurements, use a ruler to make sure each earring is even with the other. Carefully cut out your shapes with scissors or an X-Acto knife. The next step is to paint them (if you so choose) with a couple coats of craft paint, which is also sold at hobby shops. Wait until the paint is fully dry and then attach the earrings to the leather. The earrings can be posts or fish hooks, depending on the style you are looking for. To attach the posts, you can use super glue. For the fish hooks, poke a hole in each earring with the X-Acto knife and attach the earring.
Make Your Own Necklaces
Necklaces make a great statement. They can pull an outfit together and make a normally plain outfit stand out and all of a sudden look fashionable. What’s even better are necklaces that you can say you made yourself. Make your statement piece even more of a statement by boasting about your creation with these do-it-yourself ideas:
- Wire Wrapped Pendants
Wire wrapping is a popular way to make jewelry because you can use found objects such as gemstones and rocks as your base. For this, you will need your pendant base, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutters, 22 or 24gauge dead soft wire and, of course, wire. With wire wrapping, you can make dozens of designs with how you choose to wrap the wire around the pendant. They can be simple to make the pendant stand out or complicated, manipulating the wire into different shapes and designs. For a deeper and more detailed look at how to wire wrap found objects into gorgeous pendants, we offer a course that can teach you how.
- Spraypainted Necklace
Jazz up an old necklace with spray paint. Go through your jewelry box for an old, chunky necklace or comb secondhand stores for ones that need a little upscaling. Pick out a spraypaint in your favorite color and completely cover the necklace. Wait until the paint is dry, flip it over and paint the other side. The result is a necklace that is bold, unique and easy to make.
Make Your Own Bracelets
Bracelets are one of the more fun accessories that give you a little more drama. They can come in sassy bangles, laid-back wrap-around or dainty beaded styles. Make your outfit a little more fun with these different types of bracelets:
- Beaded Safety Pin Bracelet
This technique is a great way to utilize a common household item and turn it into something unique and eye-catching. You will need safety pins (a lot of ’em), colored beads, super glue and elastic cord. Start by deciding what kind of pattern or colors you want for your bracelet. Once you have decided, open up the safety pin and drop the beads on the pin until it is full enough for you to close it. Super glue each closing so it will not pop open and stab you while you are wearing your bracelet. Once you have enough beaded safety pins to fit around your wrist, cut two elastic cords that are big enough to fit around your wrist. Thread the elastic cord through the hole of your first safety pin, then the spacer bead, followed by the hole at the bottom of the next safety pin, followed by the spacer bead and so on until you are finished. With the second cord, thread it through the bottom holes of the safety pins, threading it through the spacer bead as well. Once you are finished, tie the two ends of the cords together to create your bracelet.
- Cable Knit Bracelet
Got an old sweater you no longer wear? Turn it into a bracelet. Find some plain, thick bangle bracelets and measure how much sweater material you will need for each one. Once you know how much you will need, carefully cut out the pieces. Wrap the sweater around the bracelet and sew it together using a similar color thread. One sweater has enough material for a number of bracelets. If you want to take it a step further, shop for cheap sweaters at secondhand shops and make a bunch of these bracelets for gifts or even to sell.
- T-Shirt Bracelet
Similar to the cable-knit bracelet, the T-shirt bracelet lets you reuse old clothes and turn them into something new and fashionable. Cut your T-shirt (it can be any color) into three equal strips. Tie one end in a knot and start braiding the strips. You can wear the bracelet as one braid, make the braid long and wear the bracelet in a wrap-around style or wear multiple braids in different colors. This is another great gift idea that is quick and cheap to make and something you could potentially sell as well.
Learn Bead Work
Step up your jewelry game by learning how to bead. This technique needs a number of supplies to get the perfect result, and all of these supplies are available at hobby stores, as well as shopping centers like Walmart and Target. With beading, you can make a number of things, from earrings to bracelets, necklaces and headbands. With practice, you will be able to make more complicated bead designs, which will make you want to show off your creations even more. With bead work (and with anything), it’s smart to start simple. Don’t dive into anything too complicated too fast. Start with getting the supplies to start off with. You will need needlenose pliers, chainnose pliers, wire cutters and scissors to start out with.
As you move on, you will learn that there is an assortment of pliers for different beading techniques. Needlenose pliers are important for gripping beads and wire, bending wire, opening and closing loops and more. Chainnose pliers are used to grip your beads and wire tightly and grab smaller beads for precision beading.
A lot of hobby shops offer beading kits, with everything you need to get started. If you are testing the beading waters, picking up one of those kits is a good place to start. If you decide you like beading, you can get more advanced tools as you go along. Now that you have your tools, you need to learn how to use them. To learn how to professionally string beads and pearls, we offer this course that will teach you how to do it. At the end of the course, you will have learned how to make and completed three different necklaces using different techniques.
Start Making Money Off Your Creations
If you are confident in your jewelry making skills and want to make a little money, there are great online opportunities to sell your jewelry. One of the more popular sites for handmade items is etsy.com, where independent sellers post and sell their handmade creations. This is a great place to sell handmade jewelry, as people are always looking for unique and handmade gifts to buy. Once you have a good selection of jewelry made, the next step is learning how to sell it online. For tips on how to sell items on etsy.com specifically, you can learn how on this blog post.
Etsy isn’t the only place where you can sell your items online. If you start filling more orders with your jewelry making, it might be a good idea to start up a website and social media pages for your creations. You can use social media to drive people to your website, where they can place orders for your jewelry. Not sure where to start with creating a website? It actually is not that difficult. We offer a course on how to create an online store with Joomla, a website hosting service. The course is aimed toward anyone who wants to set up an online store, regardless of their web skills.
Regardless if you choose to sell your jewelry, give it as gifts or keep it for yourself, jewelry making is a fun and creative activity that is also easy to do. It can make a great hobby, with countless ideas for different skill levels, or it can lead to a money-making opportunity. It just depends on what you want out of it.