The History Of Jewelry Making

Jewelry has been around from a very long time. It has been around from the time people started making clothes. It is believed that the first pieces of jewelry may have been made to help the wearer keep the clothes on. But, over time, these things started being used as decorations. Today, you can see many different designs of jewelry available. You may have noticed that different cultures have different designs, different methods of making jewelry and different tools, all of which have developed over the years.

Let us look at the beginning of jewelry making:

During the earlier days, people used materials which were easily available to make jewelry. The items that people had access to in those days were carved stones, shells, teeth, carved wood and other items that are usually found in nature. People used twine to string these items. Twine is made of sinew from animal tendons or plant materials. In different cultures, people wore these items differently. Some wore them as necklaces, while others wore them as headbands and bracelets. There are also some people who used these items to decorate their ears and nose. But, how this was done varied from place to place, tribe to tribe and region to region.

Use Of Metals

It was during the 17th century when people started using copper in jewelry making. Other metals such as silver and gold were used later on. By 1000BCE, a large number of options were available in terms of metals used in making jewelry.

Use of Gemstones

Later on, semi precious as well as precious gemstones started being used to set into metals to make jewelry. Gemstones were often used to symbolize wealth and power. But, the way they were used and the meaning it had depended on the different cultures.

Use of Beads

Over a period of time, beads started being used in jewelry making. In those days, beads were mostly made from natural materials and some were also crafted from glass. With the use of beads, many cultures started developing a variety of jewelry and they also came up with numerous jewelry making techniques.

Jewelry Making Today

These days, jewelry is made by many different people using many different techniques. There are also handcrafted jewelry and those which are mass produced in factories. Jewelry making today involves a wide range of equipments and general laborers. Jewelry which is made in factories usually cost less. Most people make jewelry at home too. Hand made jewelry is a bit expensive. Today jewelry is made from a wide variety of materials such as gold, silver, platinum, copper, titanium, etc.

Tips On How To Organize Beads For Jewelry Making

Jewelry making is a fun hobby, and can even be profitable, but the beads for jewelry making can quickly become too much to handle. You can spend a lot of money trying to buy storage resolution for your beads for making of jewelry, or you could try using some of these storage tips.

Baby food jars-
Baby food jars make perfect storage containers for beads for jewelry making. Every town has several babies in it and most mothers would save the jars for you if you asked them to. You can post an advertisement on your Facebook page telling your friends about your need for these containers. Clean the containers thoroughly and remove the labels. You instantly have places for your beads, clasps, and other small making parts.

You can store the jars filled with beads for making of jewelry on shelves, and arrange them according to bead sizes, or bead colors, or bead types. You can use a screw and screw the lid that fits the jar to a board and then you will have created suspended storage jars. The jars are easy to pack along with you when you travel to a friend’s house for a jewelry making session.

Baby Wipe Containers
The plastic boxes that baby wipes come in are perfect for putting beads for jewelry making in. These boxes are great for larger beads, and they are not breakable like baby food jars are. The wipe containers will stack neatly on shelves and you can use a permanent marker to label them so that you easily know what types of beads are inside, what color beads are inside, and what size beads are inside. If you have a large amount of a particular bead this storage solution will help you keep them organized.

Snack Bags
Snack bags are small plastic storage bags that are sold in grocery stores. They are the perfect size to hold about 20 grapes, or enough cookies to make a good afternoon snack. These bags are not very expensive and they make a good storage solution for beads for jewelry making. The bags can easily be stored in a drawer, on a shelf, in a large tote bag, or in a plastic box. They are excellent if you travel with your jewelry making supplies because they are light weight and versatile.

Peanut Butter Jars
Peanut butter jars, the jars that come with mayonnaise in them, and all other jars can be thoroughly washed and then used to store, organize and assemble your jewelry making supplies.

Organizing the beads by size, color, materials, cost, and design, will allow you to quickly assemble the ones you want to use on a project. If you do not have to dig around to see what materials you have you will make more items, and have more fun doing so.

You will also spend less money if your beads for jewelry making are organized in containers. You will not be apt to buy duplicate beads if you have a way of quickly taking inventory of what you have.