Tools & Supplies Needed for Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry [and how to get them inexpensively]

Tools and Materials Needed for Rediscover Your Creativity

My eCourse, Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry begins on March 5th.  You can get registered now.

The course is all about finding or rediscovering your creativity.  And it’s also about jewelry making.  Each week there is a creativity activity to boost your creativity (creativity boosters), lesson on how to do certain technical skills in jewelry making (jewelry skills lessons) and then full projects for making jewelry (jewelry projects.)

I set up the course so that you have the tools so that at any point you may start to get ideas of your own for jewelry designs.

This is a 6 week eCourse and there are 21 jewelry projects included.

For my workshops I typically let you know what you need for it beforehand.  This eCourse is a little different, but there are certain things you’re going to need.

I highly recommend that you use what you have on hand and be creative about making adjustments to the projects we’ll do.  (And I recommend that for any jewelry project that I teach!)

And because I don’t want you to have to break the bank to take this class, I’m also giving you some tips for getting supplies less expensively.

The video is almost 14 minutes long.  The same information is in the PDF below if you prefer to read!

Here is the PDF for the supplies and tools you’ll need:  Tools and Materials List

Please don’t miss out on Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry.  It’s only available once or twice a year.  Registration will close on March 5th.  After that, you’ll have to wait to get in again!

And even though it’s a 6 week course at a specific time, you really can work at your own pace.  You keep access to the course and all the content forever!

Learn more and register here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse

Wire Wrapped Bead Link & Chain Necklace Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace Tutorial

Today I have the wire wrapped bead link necklace tutorial.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make wire wrapped bead links and also how to interconnect them without jump rings.

This is the second necklace in a series of 3 I’m doing.  You can wear all 3 together for a nice layered look or in any combination or individually.

First, you’ll want to check out the Pro Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips Video.

Next, you’ll need the Wire Wrapped Loop Chain tutorial to complete this necklace (or you could just use pre-made chain if you like.)

And then you’re ready for today’s video:

Next week we’ll do the third and final necklace to complete the look.

Links I mention in the video:

I’m so excited to share that Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry is now open for registration!

The course starts on March 5th with an introduction and you’ll get a new lesson each week with weekly creativity hints throughout as well.

Each week includes:  a creativity booster (a prompt/activity that is designed to boost your creativity), jewelry skills lessons (technical lessons to help you with your jewelry skills), and jewelry projects (at least 2 per week, but usually more each week.)

The class is filled with video lessons and PDFs and is a favorite of my students.

After the course is over, you have access to the course forever so you can return to it again and again.

This year I’ve changed the format and it will be held on Teachable, which is great because it’s so easy to track your progress and easier to access than in years’ past.

(Prior students:  I will be contacting you about the new access to the course soon.  You do not need to sign up again if you purchased this course previously.)

Learn more and get signed up here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  (There’s also a payment plan available!)

I can’t wait to get started in March!!

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Video Tutorial

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Tutorial

I have a fun new jewelry tutorial for you!

Sometimes I’m making a jewelry piece and I need some chain.  And I don’t have any.  This chain is my new go-to solution and now it can be your solution, too!

This is the first part of a 3 part series of necklaces.  We’ll be making 3 separate necklaces.  Each one is a great necklace on its own, but you can also wear them together layered.

Today we’ll make the shortest necklace, which is the plain chain.

Next week we’ll make a necklace with beads.

Finally, we’ll make a long pendant necklace.

Wire Wrapped Loop Chain Necklace Video Tutorial:

Links I mentioned:

Pro Wire Wrapping Tips Video Tutorial

How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings


I’m so excited to share that Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry is now open for registration!

The course starts on March 5th with an introduction and you’ll get a new lesson each week with weekly creativity hints throughout as well.

Each week includes:  a creativity booster (a prompt/activity that is designed to boost your creativity), jewelry skills lessons (technical lessons to help you with your jewelry skills), and jewelry projects (at least 2 per week, but usually more each week.)

The class is filled with video lessons and PDFs and is a favorite of my students.

After the course is over, you have access to the course forever so you can return to it again and again.

This year I’ve changed the format and it will be held on Teachable, which is great because it’s so easy to track your progress and easier to access than in years’ past.

(Prior students:  I will be contacting you about the new access to the course soon.  You do not need to sign up again if you purchased this course previously.)

Learn more and get signed up here:  Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry eCourse.  (There’s also a payment plan available!)

I can’t wait to get started in March!!

Professional Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips

Professional Wire Wrapped Finishing Tips

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing tutorials that involve a lot of wire wrapped loops.

In preparation of those tutorials, I have some tips for finishing wire wraps so that they do not stick, poke or snag you when you’re wearing your jewelry piece.

Here’s the video with the tips:

 


Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry

My most popular eCourse is returning in March!  

Rediscover Your Creativity & Make Jewelry will start on March 5, 2018 and run 7 weeks (Intro + 6 weekly lessons.)

Registration will open soon.  Get notified first when registration is open by joining my newsletter:  Click here to join my newsletter.

Emphasis Necklace Tutorial [Interlocking Wire Wrapped Bead Link Necklace]

Emphasis Necklace

Recently I shared the 7 Basic Principles of Jewelry Design.  One of those principles is emphasis.

Emphasis is the focal point of the jewelry design that catches the viewer’s attention. 

Ways to bring emphasis to your jewelry designs:

  • Use a different color from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different size from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different shape from the rest of the piece.
  • Use a different texture from the rest of the piece.

For this necklace, the emphasis is all 4 of those things.

In the video you’ll learn:

  • How to bring emphasis to a simple necklace design.
  • The technique of interlocking wire wrapped bead links.  (In this case it’s a necklace, but you can use this technique to make a bracelet as well.)

Video Tutorial:

Notes:

You can use similar materials like the gemstone chips I used in the video or simply use any beads you like.  For most beads you would simply use one bead per wire wrapped bead link (but, of course, you can use as many as you like per link.)

For my focal piece (emphasis), I used a slice from a fallen tree that my dad cut into a slice, sanded and drilled a hole in.

For your focal piece you could use any charm you like or use a large bead and make a bead dangle.  Bead dangle video tutorialHow to Make a Bead Dangle

Need help opening and closing jump rings?  Click here for a quick video:  How to Properly Open and Close Jump Rings.


Jewelry Design Workshop

Have you been making jewelry, but following others’ tutorials and have a yearning to come up with your own unique designs?

Have you seen other people’s designs, but they’re just not quite right for you and your own style?

Wondering how you even figure out your own personal jewelry style?

And how do you come up with ideas without having all day to dream about jewelry designs?

Give me a few minutes a day and I will take you from wondering how jewelry designers come up with their ideas to designing your own jewelry in your own unique style!

In my Jewelry Design Workshop you’ll learn my process for never running out of ideas for jewelry designs. Through the process, you’ll develop your own personal jewelry style and even learn how to put together a cohesive collection.

We’ll start by learning about the basic principles of jewelry design. Then you’ll learn how to create an Idea Collage, a technique you can do over and over again to get lots of inspiration. Plus you’ll get some bonus prompts for even more inspiration. I’ll share my process for pulling ideas from your Idea Collage.

Then we’ll move onto actually sketching our design ideas and choosing designs for a collection. Finally, I’ll share tips for finalizing your jewelry designs and troubleshooting when a design does not seem to be quite working.

Learn more and sign up here.