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« on: August 17, 2009 05:28:27 AM »


Good afternoon all!

Jewellery making is an art i have only really childishy dabbled in before, chucking beads only coloured embroidery thread and knotting up, that sort of thing, but I really would love to learn how to do considerably good, at least semi good quality pieces. After bringing this up my grandmother said "You know that would be marvelous! I would love some necklace and earring sets to be proud to wear to church and on holidays and at parties and be able to say 'my grandaughter made that!' Make me some please and tell me how much i owe you!"

Well my grandmother wants something special from me, what can i say to that! I was so flattered, but i'm not really sure where to start. I've been scouring supply sites, browsing threads of information and ideas, and while i'm picking up on some things i am still a bit lost.

What with all the different findings, how different ones work with different threads and wires, when to use them, all the different tools and pliars its suggested having, jump ring and head/needle pins uses, etc... I'm just blown away completely.

Is there a Jewellery Making For Idiots type set up anywhere, or even a starter guide for people with tutorials and patterns that introduce you to different techniques and findings and their uses? Or is the a 'Toddler Talk' starters guide somewhere that will help?

I have to admit, after reading so much I do feel a little like i should call my nan and send her to Etsy or something as apposed to me doing anything. Sad Feeling a little bit like I'd make a complete mess.

Any assistance would be hugely appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2009 07:31:09 AM »

The jewellery making section of about.com has heaps of information:
http://jewelrymaking.about.com/

There's beginner's stuff and then once you're confident, you could try the more challenging stuff. I taught myself using online tutorials and so forth.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2009 08:21:34 AM »

Thank you so much for your reply!

That is just what i am after; have only so far read a small amount and i'm already a great deal wiser! Can't wait now!
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2009 08:34:14 AM »

You're welcome! I'm also pleased to see you're a Firefly fan.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009 06:58:45 PM »

I generally do more beading than straight up jewelry making, but here are some sites that have been very helpful for me too:
http://beadwork.about.com/
http://www.beadandbutton.com/bnb/default.aspx
http://www.beadingdaily.com/
http://www.beadingtimes.com/
http://www.beadfx.com/inspirations/inspirations.php
http://www.thebeadery.ca/instructions.asp
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2009 01:08:24 AM »

Wooah those are some amazing sites, and apart from About.com i hadnt found any of them before! Thank you so much!

Going to have some breakfast and sit and readreadread and then i'm on my first trip down to our beadshop and workshop to spend insane amounts of money - this will be a good day!
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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009 09:34:43 AM »

Firemountaingems.com also has a great tutorial section on their website as well.  I learned a great deal on making the loops that way Grin

Have a great time learning and doing!!!
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