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MissBeads
« on: June 07, 2012 07:00:59 PM »

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Hi there, I would really like to start making all kinds of Jewelry and crafts but have np clue where to start. Any help as to what type of Jewelry I should start with or links to beginners jewelry tuts would be greatly appreciated.
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Brooke
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dgigout
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2012 07:27:13 AM »

http://www.firemountaingems.com/beading_howtos/default.asp
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pixi352002
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2012 09:30:25 AM »

begin to search what you like, try to distinguish the materials, search in youtube for procedures and tutorials of your favorites, there you will find your way trough new ideas and materials! Smiley
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Char79
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2012 04:06:09 PM »

Brooke, there is a wonderful jewelry forum on the net called Jewelry Making Forum with wonderful and very helpful members and my suggestion would be to go there, register, and just post where to start making jewelry and you will have many helpful ideas, suggestions, etc.
Charlotte
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BelleBeryl
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2012 02:45:56 AM »

the site www.fusionbeads.com/ has lots of tutorials on making jewelry.
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pheeliques
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2012 07:15:42 PM »


i was wondering what kind of jewelry you would like to make.  do you want to make some earrings with semiprecious gemstone beads?  or a pendant of soldered or cold-connected metal like copper or silver?  or a bracelet of found materials like plastic doll parts, bottle caps, and cutouts from cookie tins?  or how about some chain mail jewelry out of various colors of aluminum jump rings?  there is a whole, big vast world of jewelry out there.

if you don't already have something in mind, here is what i would recommend: start out by going to your local library and browsing the jewelry section, both the history and the craft sections.  you can spend quite a bit of time looking at all of the different books, and at some point something will jump out at you, and you will know: "i want to make this!" 

check out some of the more interesting-looking books, and take them home.  a lot of the books will probably have long lists of tools and equipment you need to get, but try to start out choosing a project that you can make by improvising mostly with tools you have on hand.  as for materials, you can find lots of materials to start out with at michaels or hobby lobby, and supplement with supplies like chain and/or findings on etsy and elsewhere.

it's okay to copy stuff out of books to begin with, but when you start getting your own ideas, don't hesitate to try making things from your imagination.  and make sure you try to wear something you make every day--next thing you know your friends will be begging you to make something for them.  it's amazing what you can trade for pizza.  :-)

especially make the stuff that you think is so way out there that no one else could possibly be interested.  _that_ is going to be the really interesting jewelry.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2012 04:58:51 AM »

See above: do some reading and decide what you want to make, then you will know what questions to ask.
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