A nurse who cares for my dad has a sister who wants to start a jewelry making business. I thought I’d share some of the resources I’ve found to help build my skills. It’ll be a list with commentary. To get the post published as soon as possible, I’ll eschew the pursuit of perfection. I don’t think I’ve ever used the word eschew Pirro to today.
Jewelry artists who do wirework produce beautiful pieces, and learning how to work with wire takes some doing. There are so many different materials, and gauges, degrees of harness, shapes, and probably more characteristics that I don’t know about.
The little I know about wirework comes mostly from a Udemy video course taught by Jessica Barst called Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapping for Beginners. Jessica explains techniques in a way that’s easy to understand.
I learned some basic skills for working with stringing wire, wrapping wire, and beads from a Curious course from the O’Neil Sisters, DIY Beaded Jewelry. This is a useful general purpose program. You’ll learn how to make beaded bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and some wire wrapping techniques.
Free Tutorials via Pinterest
You can find tons of jewelry tutorials on the Internet. I collect them on Pinterest.
- Learning Jewelry Making
- Learning Wire Jewelry Making
- Jewelry Making Supplies
Of course there are books about jewelry making. Here’s a Pinterest board that lists almost 100.
There are plenty of options for purchasing jewelry making supplies. I sometimes shop at JoAnn and Michaels. Neither of these stores has the largest selection of supplies, but there’s enough for someone getting started with making jewelry. I need to avoid these stores because when I go in, I want to buy everything I see.
Here are some options for online supply shopping:
- Fire Mountain Gems
- Goody Beads
Many of these stores offer tutorials on jewelry techniques.
Time to start learning, and doing. Make something. It won’t be perfect. Re-do it, or make something else. Keep practicing and seeking instruction and you will get better, maybe even great!