How to Customize Jewelry Tutorials to Make Unique Jewelry

How to Customize jewelry to make unique jewelryI share a lot of jewelry tutorials.  I love to help women learn how to make jewelry.  The main reason behind it, though, is that I want people to find their creativity again.

Just the sheer acting of making is creative, in my opinion, even if you follow how to make the jewelry piece precisely step-by-step and use the same materials as the person shows you.  You’re using your hands and you get your brain to switch gears.

However, where you truly get to express yourself is after you have learned the techniques and start applying in ways that only you can.

Yes, you have to learn how to make jewelry before you can start being really creative with it, but once you have a few techniques under your belt, you can really start to express yourself.

In my tutorials I try to give some simple suggestions on how to make each tutorial your own.  Jewelry is such a great way to get creative because you can just change a few small things and have a completely different piece of jewelry.

For example you can:

  • Simply change the beads;
  • Use more beads or less beads;
  • Use different metals (instead of silver use copper, etc.);
  • Make your own headpins instead of using store purchased;
  • Use a different clasp (or make your own);
  • Use different earring wires (or make your own);
  • Add unique bead dangles to pieces; or
  • Really the options are limitless!

Here’s an example from my newly revised Wire Wrapping for Beginners book.  This is one of the more simple tutorials that makes such an impact.

Chandelier Earrings:

Chandelier earrings This is the completed project how I teach it in the book.  They’re beautiful as is.  You can simply change out the beads and have a completely different pair of earrings.

OR

Chandelier Earrings with ChainAdd some chain instead.  You can also just hang the chain straight down from the loops.  Or add some beads to the chain or any other number of ideas!

OR

Chandelier Earrings I love wearing these earrings!  I made my own headpins for this one and used African Christmas beads.  The middle of the earrings the dangle is longer and has more beads than the other dangles.

And these are just a couple of ideas for customizing these earrings.  I’m sure you can think of many more!

Once you have some techniques, it is easy to start combining them and using them in unique ways.  But you have to have the techniques first.

If you’re new to jewelry making or maybe you have done some stringing and are now ready to start using wire, I suggest you start with my Wire Wrapping for Beginners book.  It takes you through how to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings!  It’s for beginners and the techniques are the basics you need to get started.

I just revised it to include tutorials on how to make your own headpins, clasp and earring wires as well.  (At the time I’m writing this I haven’t even had a chance to change the description on the page!  But you will get the newly revised version!)

You can choose to receive the digital eBook version, which is in full color or the print version where you will receive a book already printed.  The print book is in black and white.

I highly recommend checking out ECT Episode 17, Wire Workshop to get an overview about wire if you’re new to it as well.

Wire Wrapping for Beginners

 

Wire Wrapping for Beginners Day 24: Button Ring Wire Wrapped from Side

Wire wrapped button ring tutorialThis month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day.  I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!

Today is Day 24 and the project is the Button Ring Wire Wrapped from the Side.

wire wrapped button ring

For this ring, I just stacked up some buttons and followed the tutorial.  I’m loving this ring.  I’m wearing it as I type right now.

wire wrapped button ringThe Button Ring Wire Wrapped from the Side is in my book Wire Wrapping for Beginners.

This tutorial is part of the Wire Wrapped Button eWorkshop.  You get a video and PDF eBook and you’ll learn 2 different ways to make wire wrapped button rings.

Wire Wrapping for Beginners Day 20: Flower Bouquet Ring

Bouquet Ring TutorialThis month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day.  I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!

Today is Day 20 and the project is the Flower Bouquet Ring.

Bouquet Ring TutorialIn the book I show you how to make a ring using floral beads.  You can also use beads and make a bling ring.  But I decided to use some my Lucite flowers and make this ring.

Bouquet Ring TutorialThe Flower Bouquet Ring is in my book Wire Wrapping for Beginners.

Wire Wrapping for Beginners Day 19: Simple Bead Ring

Simple Beaded Ring TutorialThis month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day.  I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!

Today is Day 19 and the project is Simple Bead Ring.

Simple Bead Ring TutorialIn the book I show you how to make a wire wrapped ring with one bead.  So I made this ring with a bead and a couple chips on either side of the bead.

Bead Ring TutorialThe Simple Bead Ring Tutorial is in my book Wire Wrapping for Beginners.

I also have this Wire Wrapped Bead Ring pattern available by itself here.

Wire Wrapping for Beginners Day 17: Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Pendant

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal PendantThis month I’m working my way though my own book, Wire Wrapping For Beginners, and making 1 project per day.  I wanted to show you different examples of the projects while making myself some new jewelry!

Today is Day 17 and the project is Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Pendant

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Pendant TutorialI wanted to show you a different kind of chandelier crystal.  I love these beautiful red pendants.

Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Pendant TutorialThe Upcycled Chandelier Crystal Necklace, and all the other skills you need to make this necklace are in my book, Wire Wrapping for Beginners.