How to Make Jewelry — Beginners

How to Make Jewelry — Beginners

Have you ever admire beautiful necklaces, sweet bracelets, elegant earrings, and sparkling rings through a glass case in a jewelry store?
Have you ever thought that you can actually create your own unique jewelry?
Making your own jewelry is joyful, you can not only get a lot of fun, but also create unique jewelry! Whether as a gift to your friend, family or yourself, it will be a one-of-a-kind jewelry.

If you are a beginner to DIY Jewelry, you need to master the basics and buy some jewelry supplies.
Luckily, you can easily find these supplies you need online.

As you are just a beginner, it’s wise to purchase inexpensive materials:
1. buy wire made of a base metal rather than gold or silver.
2. buy some elastic crystal thread if you want your bracelets and necklaces to be flexible.
3. buy some tools, for example, pliers and cutters.
4. glass beads, plastic beads or cheap stone beads according to personal preference.

While mastering the basic skills, you can turn your attention to the creative design, which is the truly enjoyable part.

Wire, Cord and Chains

There are many different types of elastic cord available on the market. For glass beads, gemstone beads, the most popular size of the elastic cord is 0.7mm-1.0mm. But it still depends on the bead hole size and bead weight.
For seed beads, 0.5mm is the most popular size. When you cut the cord, don’t forget to leave at least 3–4 inches to tie your knots.

If you plan to handcraft necklaces, of course, you will need to buy chains.
For beginners, it’s wise to invest in cheaper chains. For example, alloy, copper, brass is a good choice. Also, gold plating / silver plating stainless steel chain is recommended as is more cost-effective than sterling silver and will stand the test of time.


You can buy almost imaginable materials such as glass beadsstone beads, wood beads, shell beadspearl beadscrystal beads, metal beads and silicone beads. On the market, there are many different shapes, sizes and colors of beads. Finding a professional bead store that provides a variety of jewelry supplies is a way to get material and creative inspiration.


In the beginning, you don’t need to buy many different tools.
The following are some suitable jewelry making tools for your reference.
Round Nose Pliers is perfect when you need simple loops.
Chain Nose Pliers is a perfect tool for gripping wire without leaving marks. Also, Chain nose pliers can be used for opening and closing jump rings.
Some people think that cutters is a must-have tool. But as a beginner, you may not need to purchase this tool. We basically have scissors or similar tools in our home.
All in all, you don’t need to buy many different tools in the beginning.

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