Jewellery making is such a huge thing at the moment, I'd love to have a go when I have some more time. For anyone thinking of having a go here is a great article packed full of useful info to help you out.
Tips for making your Own Jewellery
If embarking upon a venture like making your own jewellery, it can be tough to know where to start, what to try, and what to do with your new creations. Every jewellery maker is different, and there are so many different techniques out there and different channels to showcase your work.
We’ve put together a list of a few things to hopefully help you on your way to becoming a great and successful jewellery maker!
Look around to see what styles you like
From modern to traditional, simple to intricate, delicate to statement, the possibilities are endless with jewellery, and any jewellery fanatic will know that. Before you get started, it’s a good idea to take a look at as many different styles as possible; from looking online (on store sites and on image based sites like Pinterest) and actually getting out there and going to stores that sell jewellery and physically seeing what you like.
When you’ve identified a style, you can then start to think about your niche; how you can pay homage to that style whilst bringing something new and special to it.
Experiment with different materials
As you get more adventurous, it’s a good idea to look into trying out new materials to work with so you can start making some really different and interesting stuff. You can get hold of jewellery making materials really easily and for a reasonable price online too, at sites like www.georgeweil.com which is great if you’re working on a budget.
Organise your supplies
Looking after your supplies sounds like an obvious thing to do and remember, but it is a really important one as you won’t want to spend all that money and time on a project to lose or ruin any of your supplies! Invest in a good organiser – things like cheap cosmetics boxes usually work quite well and will be significantly cheaper than proper craft organisers, too.
Try different pieces of jewellery
Trying out different pieces of jewellery is a great idea for experimenting and building up your portfolio and collection. It’s a great way to find out what you’re best at, too. It’s also ideal for when you start to get people wanting matching/complementing sets of your jewellery! There’s a good guide for trying different pieces of jewellery here.
Advertise your jewellery and get it out there
As you start getting better you’ll no doubt start to think about turning your hobby into a bit of a business, and this is great! Unique, homemade jewellery is really popular (as long as it’s of decent quality and not too pricey, of course). Therefore when you do get more confident and want to share your amazing creations, it’s a great idea to get yourself out there as a jewellery maker as much as you can.
Get on as many social media channels as you can, from creating a facebook page to a twitter, an instagram and a pinterest and promote yourself like crazy!