How to Get Involved With Jewelry Making

If you are a creative type of person and you also like wearing lots of unique jewelry, then jewelry making may be an excellent choice for a new hobby. It’s inexpensive, easy and fun, and you will also be able to show off your creations without people thinking that you are being arrogant. Give jewelry making a go today for a new way to keep entertained!

There are many jewelry making kits available on the market for younger children and early teenagers, so if you have a child who is interested in taking up jewelry creation as a hobby, then it is very easy to help them to get started. Special jewelry creation kits for young people usually contain lots of brightly colored beads, pendants and charms, and lots of different colors of cotton wax cord. These kits usually contain instruction on how to make the most basic items, such as friendship bracelets.

However, if you are interesting in taking up jewelry making when you are a little bit older, you can still buy starter packs aimed at adults. These packs usually contain slightly more exciting things. Some jewelry making kits will be made up of things like fancy beads and different types of clasps, but the best kits will contain tools as well, like flat nose pliers which are often needed to bend wires etc. Most kits will contain instructions on how to create some standard pieces.

If you do not want to buy a kit then there are still plenty of other ways to get into jewelry making. Many local community colleges run adult classes on the art of jewelry creation. These classes can be a great way to start because the materials that you use are often included in the price of the course, so you will get a huge range of things to work with whilst also receiving expert guidance at the same time! If you cannot find a local class, there are plenty of books on jewelry creation which are available to buy or to borrow from your local library. There are even free web tutorials available on YouTube if you search for “jewelry making” or “necklace making”.

For those who prefer to learn by a process of trial and error, jewelry creation is also the perfect hobby. The materials which are needed for basic jewelry are not expensive at all, so most people can afford to mess about a bit, to see what works, and what doesn’t work. In fact, many jewelry makers find that some of their coolest creations have occurred by accident, rather than by design!

Once you have become more experienced at jewelry making, you will find that it does not need to be hobby that only you enjoy. Many jewelry makers will give their creations to people as gifts, because they know that they will be able to create more personal items for their friends with their skills. Other people even choose to sell their creations at local craft fairs or on the internet on special personal marketplace websites.

Jewelry-Making DIY Basics – What is an Earwire?

Position yourself as a jewelry making professional by knowing the names of different jewelry components. You will know better how to impress potential customers and how to speak with jewelry shop owners and potential suppliers by knowing the industry terminology.

Definition of a Jewelry Finding

In jewelry terms, a “finding” is a component of jewelry less than a finished piece. Findings include jewelry closures such as clasps and toggles, Tiffany mounts and bezels for setting stones and crystals, headpins, eyepins and earring findings.

Definition of Earwire Findings

One type of finding used for earrings is an earwire. As the name implies, an earwire is for the ear and is made of wire. An earwire normally goes through an ear where it is pierced, although there are large earwires or earcuffs that fit around different parts of the ear. The area where a dangle or wire wrap is hung is often called a “loop”.

Earwires are also known as “french wires”, “earring hooks” or just “hooks”.

Earwire Designs

The simplest of earwire designs is a round wire shaped into a curve, with an open loop at the front of the wire to hold a dangle or wire wrap. When sections of the earwires have been flattened, they are called hammered earwires. Very traditional variations of earwires include earwires with coils, with a tiny coil of wire above the loop or ball-and-coil earwires, which have both a bead and a coil above the loop. “Ball-end” earwires are shaped wire with a ball soldered onto the front end; the loop is usually more of a “U” shape than a circle.

Fancier earwires will incorporate granulated beads, bezel-set crystals and other embellishments to enhance their appearance. The use of a twisted wire, with optional oxidizing, is another enhancement made to earwires.

Earwire Materials

Earwires are produced in precious and base metals. The materials most often used by the DIY jewelry community will include:

Sterling Silver
Silver Plate
Gold Plate
Antique Brass Plate
Bright Copper Plate
Antique Copper Plate
Gunmetal Plate (Hematite/Hematine)
Black Oxide Plate (Matte Black)

The plated earwires are most often made over brass or surgical steel. People with nickel allergies will want to avoid many gunmetal plates, which are defined as “black nickel”. U.S. and European-standard sterling silver will be nickel free. Many people look for earwires which are both nickel free and lead free.

Earring Stops

Rather than risking the loss of one or both earrings, earring stops are recommended. For earwires, the stops are usually a white rubber cylinder with a center hole or clear plastic of a similar design. Stops are inexpensive insurance for those who sell earrings or give them as gifts.

Tools Recommended for Assembling Earrings

Jewelry-grade chain nose pliers or flat nose pliers are recommended for assembling earrings using earwires. (Wire wrapping the dangles or creating your own earwires will require additional tools.) These pliers will be smooth on the inside to minimize any marks transferred to earwires or dangles. An upgrade from normal jewelry pliers to nylon-jawed pliers will prevent accidental marking even more.

Earwires are one set of inexpensive jewelry findings that will let you unleash your personal creativity in jewelry design. The variety of earwire designs available will keep you from getting bored while making earrings.