Jewelry-Making Techniques: Make a Variety of Jewelry with 5 Free Projects
I love being able to share my passion for jewelry making with other makers, especially ones who are learning new-to-them jewelry-making techniques such as wirework, metal clay, chain maille, and even metalsmithing, including fun techniques like texturing, doming, and soldering metal, bezel making, and other metal fabrication techniques. Whatever the technique is, it's usually easier than you think, and with good instruction, even less experienced jewelry makers can succeed.
Speaking of good instruction (and sharing!), I'm happy to offer you another free eBook, the Guide to Jewelry-Making Techniques: How to Make Jewelry with 5 Free Jewelry Projects. The five free jewelry-making projects in the eBook cover a range of techniques (chain maille, metal fabrication, soldering, fold forming and microfolding, die forming, stone setting, texturing, and wirework), materials (metal sheet, wire, metal clay, and gemstones), and types (bracelets, earrings, and pendants). There are also a variety of tips and technique tutorials to help you succeed at making jewelry scattered throughout the five free jewelry-making projects.
It’s a rewarding journey to learn how to make your own jewelry and wear it with pride or make it the most personal of gifts. Nothing expresses your own style and personality like a piece of original artisan jewelry that you designed and made yourself. And nothing is quite as satisfying as the act of making jewelry yourself: from selecting your materials, creating the design, and gathering your tools to the final polishing–and suddenly holding that beautiful, finished piece in your very own hands.
You’ll learn jewelry making techniques from chain maille, fold forming, microfolding, and die forming to stone setting—plus great technique tips on texturing. You’ll find jewelry that’s flexible, organic, geometric, and inspiring, so you can make it as shown or take what you learn to design jewelry that is uniquely yours!
Learn must-know, jewelry-making techniques with these free projects:
Make a Stone Pendant Necklace
Angled Red Jasper Pendant by Lexi Erickson
Jasper’s satin finish leaves a softness that gives the stone a regal elegance. The unique cut of the stone called for a different type of bezel set that resulted in an angled setting as unique as the jasper that inspired it. This irregular and beautiful stone will draw loads of attention due to its unique stone setting and presentation.
Handcrafted Wire Earrings
Whimsical Whisks by Denise Peck
Creating these wire spiral earrings is a fun DIY jewelry making project for any level! The oxidized silver makes them striking, but it looks great in colored wire, too, if you prefer. With a few simple wire-working jewelry techniques, you’ll be sure to dazzle with these simple yet elegant handcrafted earrings.
Make a Chunky Round Chain Maille Bracelet
Two-Toned Turkish Bracelet by Joyce Tromp
With this tutorial, you’ll learn an intricate chain maille weave called the Turkish roundmaille. Beyond its complex looks, it’s a fun and straightforward jewelry making technique that will create a beautiful accessory to any outfit. This design includes both silver and gold rings to give it a contrasting and elegant look.
Textured Silver Pendant by Jack Berry
You’ll fall in love with this handcrafted jewelry project as it utilizes fun texture techniques including fabrication with microfolding and die forming! By using very thin gauges of sheet metal, the resulting folds and pleats can vary any way you desire! Die forming results in dramatic and voluminous structures by opening the folds and pleats, like the petals in a blossoming flower. The final result is in a silver pendant with loads of textured personality!
Handcraft Gorgeous Leaves in Metal Clay
Metal Clay Leaves by Hadar Jacobson
Are those real leaves?! Create handcrafted earrings and a necklace using metal clay and a jewelry making technique called fold forming. After creating these metallic designs, you can wear them as earrings or create an eye-catching necklace perfect for any occasion! You’ll excel in your handcrafted jewelry skills with this unique project.
How to Create Texture in Jewelry Making
Technique: Texture How-To
A special bonus in this free eBook on making handcrafted jewelry includes how to creature texture in your DIY jewelry. With a step-by-step guide to oxidizing jewelry as well as hammering wire for jewelry making, you’ll expand your skills at any handcrafted jewelry technique that involves texture.
With informative tips and instructional projects on how to work with different types of textures and forms, you’ll excel in your jewelry making skills! Whether you want to make jewelry to give, sell, wear or express yourself, you’ll discover intriguing forms, clever connections, and clear, illustrated jewelry making instructions from experts to guide you along the way.
It’s all in this compact package of handcrafted jewelry making projects and jewelry making lessons … call these jewelry instructions what you will, they’re all there to help you learn how to make jewelry. So pull out your pliers, warm up your kiln, find your files, set up your torch, and start making your own handcrafted jewelry today!
Whether you're a jewelry-making newbie or pro—looking to perfect a known jewelry skill, learn a new jewelry-making technique, or be inspired to create your own jewelry designs—there's something fun and interesting for you in the Guide to Jewelry-Making Techniques: How to Make Jewelry with 5 Free Jewelry Projects.
As Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine editor-in-chief Merle White says in her intro to the Guide to Jewelry-Making Techniques, "So pull out your pliers, warm up your kiln, find your files, set up your torch, and start making your own jewelry today." Download your free eBook now and you can be making jewelry by this evening!