Hardware Store Wire Jewelry
Once upon a time, my sister told me that she admires the way I decide to do something, and then just go out and do it. At first, I had no idea what she was talking about, but then I remembered back to when I first started learning how to bead. Back then, I started collecting handmade glass beads from my favorite artists to use as pendants and focals in my beaded jewelry designs. After a while, I decided that I wanted to learn how to make my own glass beads, so I bought a torch, saved up a whole lot of money for a good kiln, and taught myself how to make my own glass beads. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t learn how to do it, so I just went ahead and did it!
These days, I’m starting to feel the same way about working with metal and making wire jewelry. While I love shopping for handmade metal pendants and focals for my beading projects, I’m also starting to enjoy learning how to make them myself, using easy-to-find materials from — where else? — the hardware store. Whenever we stop in to pick up supplies for the chicken coop or whatever home improvement project we’re working on, I take a few minutes to browse among the bits and bolts to see if I can find something new and exciting to play with.
The next time you’re in your local hardware store, pick up a few of these bits and bobs and see what you can do!
Metal Washers. These are great for stamping and texturing, and linking together for bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, like the Inspiring Washers bracelet project in the new Easy Metal 2015 magazine. They’re inexpensive, easy to work with, and have a lot of potential for making fun wire jewelry.
Nuts and Bolts. Not only can these kinds of goodies from the hardware store be used to make fun wire jewelry, they also make great jewelry using off-loom bead-weaving stitches! This fan favorite by Aurelio Castano is a quick and easy “heavy metal” bracelet suitable for both men and women.
Copper Tubing. Metal or copper tubing and wire from the hardware store is so easy to work with, and it’s a great way to get started learning how to make your own metal and wire jewelry. If you don’t yet have a torch, or aren’t interested in making metal and wire jewelry with a torch, you can still make beautiful metal and wire jewelry using this versatile material.
Making metal and wire jewelry can open up a whole new world of design possibilities for those of us who love to bead! Whether you’re a bead stringer or someone who loves to work with seed beads, anyone can benefit from learning a few basic metal skills.
If you want to challenge yourself and learn how to make metal jewelry using wire, sheet metal, or hardware store components, you won’t want to miss the newest Easy Metal 2015 special issue magazine. You’ll find projects using beads, wire, metal, and crystals to inspire you, with fully illustrated step-by-step instructions. With 30 brand-new metal jewelry making projects for jewelry artists of all skill levels, you’ll find yourself creating beautiful, professional-looking metal jewelry in no time.
Order your copy of Easy Metal 2015 today, or if you just can’t wait, check out the Easy Metal 2015 digital edition. All of the same great content as the print edition, but ready to read on your favorite desktop or laptop computer in just minutes.
Do you browse the aisles of your favorite hardware store for jewelry making inspiration? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your best hardware store finds with us!