How To Make Your Own Jewelry | TUTORIALS, TIPS & IDEAS

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DIY Mixed Media & Fashion Costume Jewelry

If you love to create or you just want to be able to make your own unique and trendy jewelry at home, then I hope this page will inspire you. I'v compiled a list of tutorials for crafting fashion and costume jewelry which only require basic techniques and few tools so that even absolute beginners can accomplish a great result.

The materials used are extremely varied and the project ideas will hopefully inspire you to get creative with your designs - because after all there are so many materials that can be used including fabric, lockets, wire, chain, pearls, clay and paper.

The instructions also cover a wide range of styles, such as bib necklaces, dainty charm bracelets and statement earrings, so you will no doubt be able to find many ideas to suit your personal taste.

Hope you find this lens fun and useful :-)

Long Fabric Necklace

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Top-Rated Jewelry Making Books

Fantastic books that give you ideas, expert instructions and amazing step-by-step jewelry projects all in one place.

Stamped Metal Jewelry: Creative Techniques and Designs for Making Custom Jewelry
Stamped Metal Jewelry: Creative Techniques and Designs for Making Custom Jewelry

Stamping initials, names, designs, dates, quotes, messages or song lyrics onto your jewelry makes it entirely unique and personal to you, and this book explains exactly how you do it!

 
200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets: An Indispensable Compendium of Technical Know-How and Troubleshooting Tips (200 Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets)
200 Beading Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets: An Indispensable Compendium of Technical Know-How and Troubleshooting Tips (200 Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets)

A comprehensive reference book for jewelers of all levels, with 200 tips, secrets and techniques inside. An informative source for people who wish to work with wire, string and beads.

 

Making Your Own Jewelry

An Introduction

Costume jewelry making is accessible to everyone and is a popular and fun hobby. For most projects you will need a pair of jewelry pliers with a flat inside edge, plus general items such as superglue (I use E6000) and scissors. There may be other basic tool requirements on top on that, but usually the DIYs are for completing by beginners at home.

To make your own jewelry means that you can keep up-to-date with fashion trends for much less money, plus you can make accessories that are completely unique to you. If you see a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings you like in a high street shop then you can use it for inspiration to make your own homemade version.

Costume jewelry is often 'mixed media', meaning that it's made from a combination of different materials such as metal, clay, fabric, plastic etc. There aren't really any rules for what you can and cannot use so it's time to put your creativity and imagination into action!

Long Tassell Earrings

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Fabric and Mixed Media Jewelry 1

Please bear in mind that the jewellery made using all of these tutorials are for personal, not commercial use. Thanks :-)

Foreign Coin Charm Bracelet

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Woven Friendship Bracelets

Click here and here for instructions on weaving your own friendship bracelet.

Photo by MeghanNash.

Mini Glass Bottle Pendants

If you buy a mini glass bottle or vial, you can fill them with gemstones, shells, dried flowers, sand, glitter, beads, sequins or anything else you can think of! You can buy bottles which already have hoops at the top, or you can add your own wire loop.

Photo and necklaces by Waponi.

PVC & Rhinestone Bib

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Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet

Photo and bracelet by KimberCrafts.

Find the instructions for creating a 6-strand braid here.

Bead Meets Metal: Easy Metalwork Techniques to Showcase Gemstone Beads and Other Treasures
Bead Meets Metal: Easy Metalwork Techniques to Showcase Gemstone Beads and Other Treasures

If you are a beginner to metalworking then this book will teach you the basics including how to begin manipulating metal pieces by sawing, soldering, hammering and more.

 

Studded Flowers

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How To Make a Cut-Out Bib Necklace - Fashionable Statement Necklace Project

What you will need:

* A piece of 6" x 4.5" pleather, leather or thick (3mm) felt baize in the color of your choice

* A print-out of the template above

You can change the size of the template if you wish - but if you do this remember that you will need more/less leather as a result.

* Length of jewelry chain

To work out how much chain you require, measure a necklace you currently have which you like the length of (in inches). Then take off 5" and split the remaining length in half. For example, if you want an 18" long necklace (which is the most popular length), then you take 5" off to make 13" and you split this in half so you'll end up with two pieces of chain which are 6.5" long each.

* 4 Jump rings (at least 5mm in diameter) that match the chain

* Lobster clasp to match the chain

* Marker pen or chalk

* Cutting mat (or thick cardboard)

* Craft knife (or small scissors)

* Jewelry pliers

* Leather punch tool or awl (useful but not vital)


- Take your printed template and use your craft knife or scissors to carefully cut out all of the white sections, leaving just the black shape.

- Place the template on the back of your piece of pleather/leather/felt material and use your marker pen to go around all of the edges of the template to transfer the design outline to your material. If you are using a dark material you will need a light fabric marker or chalk.

- Cut out the pattern from your material, as you did with the paper.

- Use your leather punch or awl to make 2 holes in your material as marked with white dots on the template. If you don't have these tools, use small scissors.

- Use your jewelry pliers to open a jump ring and feed it through one of these holes and through the end link of one of your chain lengths. Close the jump ring. Do this for each of the two holes.

- At the other ends of your two pieces of chain, attach another jump ring. Join one of these jump rings to your lobster clasp.

- Finished!

Purple & Gold Chain Necklace

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Brass Locket Necklace

Adding a locket to a chain makes a lovely and quick piece of jewelry - and if you want to add an embellishment, a cameo attached to the front of a locket looks great.
Adding a locket to a chain makes a lovely and quick piece of jewelry - and if you want to add an embellishment, a cameo attached to the front of a locket looks great. | Source

Floating Rhinestone Necklace

This stunning necklace is made by sticking rhinestones onto sheer netting and I love the effect.

Photo and necklace by Natalie Smith - Click here to see many more of these sparkly necklaces, which are all available to buy.

DIY Multichain Necklace

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Leather Lanyard Bracelet

Perfect for guys or gals!
Perfect for guys or gals! | Source

Best Tools & Supplies on Amazon

Here are a selection of handy tools and findings for jewelry making. There are many, many products to choose from in this craft so don't go mad at first - just get the basics and then build up your collection over time :)

Funky Spike Ring

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Decorative Ribbon Necklace

The charms on this pretty necklace are made from squares of decorative ribbon sewn onto squares of felt.

Photo and necklace by Rozantia - Click here for details.

Useful Jewelry Making Videos - Clay, Leather, Macramé, Resin Jewelry & More

Chunky T-Shirt Necklace

With a few strings of beads running through it to give a bit of sparkle!

Photo and necklace by Show Me Pretty - Click here for the how-to.

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delia-delia 6 years ago

nice informative lens...I want to make things with my broken necklaces of pearls, jade, coral, turquoise, and crystals...trying to find some unique pattern to use all the colors.


babygirl3605 6 years ago

I do love making jewelry. Thanks for all the great tips. This will help me better my jewelry.


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Bradshaw LM 6 years ago

I like this. Not only could you make stylish jewelry for yourself, but there's always ebay for an added source of income if you're so inclined. Thumbs up!


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Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

A really nice collection of tutorials. Thanks!


anonymous 6 years ago

Wonderful jewelry :)


scar4 6 years ago

nice tutorial for making jewelry. I love those pictures. Thumbs up.


chuckyklost13 6 years ago

I love making jewelry and this info and video are great help!

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WinWriter 6 years ago

Those fabric necklaces are cool!


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deyanis 6 years ago from Oz

Great tutorials and tips. I never made any jewelry before but this lens has inspired me to try to make one.


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shush lm 6 years ago

Liked! It's great for beginners like me!

Maybe you'd like to some of my Jewelry


lawrenchalter 6 years ago

The Firefox pendant sounds so cool for me. It is so unique. My cousin is also addicted to making customized accessories. One of her expertise is brass bracelet. She's now teaching her teenage daughter, Mia. Maybe I'll tell Mia about this tutorial since she's still an amateur. When I needed a brass material, I asked my cousin if she knew a supplier. I'm right, she knows a lot, even sheet brass suppliers, because she's been doing this hobby for almost 3 years.


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BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

great lens, good selection and great instructions. thanks


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kathysart 5 years ago

Ahh you make me want to make jewelry more than I did before.. yikes I better get busy!


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vermontmom 5 years ago

Incredibly beautiful, inspiring and instructional.


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FunkyJewelleryUK 5 years ago

Brilliant lens! Very inspiring! Great work :)


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Jhangora LM 5 years ago

I love admiring hand made Jewelry. Never tried creating it myself.


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Shanir LM 5 years ago

Great lens, I might try my hand at some of these! :)


anonymous 5 years ago

Awesome Lens. Must say people who personally like to design jewellery for themselves will love it even more. Loved the piece you showed in video. :) I have pearl ring Which i would like to emboss on my Plain party costume. could you be a help ?


anonymous 5 years ago

Some of the best jewelers can even make a custom piece from just a photo. Or they can let their creativity take the lead and create pieces from their own ideas. You're more likely to find something that speaks directly to you because the designs are more original than mass-produced jewelry. And if you find a particular designer you like, you can keep going back for more pieces to create a cohesive collection of sterling silver jewelry. Once you are done with set of custom made artifacts for you all you need to do is organize them in a jewelry armoire and you are done.


Himpex 5 years ago

good video collection if some one want to learn, how to customize jewelry, can learn with videos.


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laki2lav 5 years ago

you're full of good ideas...great job


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AngelDey 5 years ago

Lovely lens. So many ideas. I think I enjoy watching the process more. I have tried making my own jewelry many years ago, but some of these techniques are much more involved than what I did. I am sure to take up the hobby again. Thanks.


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Patbinc 5 years ago

Very informational lens. Thanks for this great resource, I have always been interested in making jewelry commercially and this lens has given me a great start. Thanks!


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productinfo 5 years ago

Great lens.


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meisgood132 5 years ago

Great information on this lens if you wish to start creating your own jewellery.


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BakerBayBeadCo 5 years ago

Leather Chain Necklace is Awesome! Thanks!


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mountainstevo 5 years ago

Great ideas - I may have to try them myself.


diyav22 5 years ago

gud lens... keep it up


anonymous 5 years ago

nice setup on this jewelry, 'thumbs up' from this reader to you.


anonymous 5 years ago

Very helpful, thank you!


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nbrandt123 5 years ago

Amazing! I'd love to learn this crafts!


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wolfie10 5 years ago

loved your lens. lots of good ideas to think about


WeirdStuff 5 years ago

This is probably the best handcraft lens here on squidoo!


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TopToysForKids 5 years ago

Great lens, you are very talented! Keep up the good work!


jabar11 5 years ago

My girlfriend will love your lens, she is much into all related with making jewelry.


earingsmania 5 years ago

this was fun making it


anonymous 5 years ago

thanks for sharing


jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

The fabric necklace and the watercolor petal necklace look the simplest and good for what they are. Anything with crafting looks a bit more difficult. I find that handmade jewelry is a lot better and innovative than store bought.


woodgems 5 years ago

Too bad you did not have this lens when I started making jewelry a long, long time ago. Great info!


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captainj88 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

You obviously put a lot of work into this lens. Great job! I sell JEWELS BY PARK LANE for a living, but I also like to make my own, especially color-coordinated necklace/earring/bracelet sets with beads and wires/hooks.


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mobileboutique lm 5 years ago

Wow! I have more sites now to look at! Thanks!


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Lauriej1 5 years ago

Wow! Love all the jewelry!!! :D


anonymous 4 years ago

Lots of great information about so many different jewelry styles. Something for everyone!


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KireinaJeweller1 4 years ago

This has to be one of the most comprehensive lenses ever! it's all here!


anonymous 4 years ago

Great lens! Thanks!


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MindPowerProofs1 4 years ago

Thank you for the information. Really helpful


dagnyjbarber 4 years ago

Superb Article. Really enjoyed reading this one.We can make designer ring from it.


valadams014 4 years ago

For me, the firefox necklace is the best. Really cool.


Neysha 4 years ago

great and helpful page I love it I want to make for myself like all of them =D really love it thanx for your lensâ¥


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JoyfulReviewer 4 years ago

Thanks for providing photos of so many different types of jewelry. Thought the Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet was quite unique. You've created another great resource full of helpful tips and videos. ~~Blessed~~


ddebbie 4 years ago

love the firefox one


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Silverstar2154 4 years ago

The Firefox necklace was really cute but I can't stop looking at the spike ring. I've never seen anything like it before.


anonymous 4 years ago

I like it a lot.


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Stacy Birch 4 years ago

Thanks for the ideas, great stuff.


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Lorna Jean Aro 4 years ago

super duper amazing! I'll do it!


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Lorna Jean Aro 4 years ago

super duper amazing! I'll do it!


OfaLahietsy 4 years ago

Great read, thank you for that!


anonymous 4 years ago

Very nice!


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biggking lm 4 years ago

does this kinda stuff take hours or days to complete?


anonymous 4 years ago

Lovely lens... The Bunting Necklace is so cute!


LaurasArtJewelry 4 years ago

Love your lens; it's very informative and helpful :)


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Teapixie LM 4 years ago

You have done great research here. I've been studying, designing, and selling jewellery since before the turn of the century and I learned some tips today while exploring your page. Job well done!


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RadaFrancis LM 4 years ago

awesome ideas, thanks


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BlackSunflowerB 4 years ago

Great topic, and very informative links. I like it!


BeadCatz 4 years ago

Very informative lens. Wonderful for beginners who don't know where to find information.


MartinJM 4 years ago

Nice lens...always good to get some more tips


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pimbels lm 4 years ago

Great lens with some awesome tips, thank you.


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nadinartglass1 4 years ago from Israel

I just feel I must comment to say that I like it, thanks!


anonymous 4 years ago

Nice ideas - helpful lens


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Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

Great lens with lovely art work, thanks for sharing.


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funmomofmany 4 years ago

Great ideas. I am just new to the hand made jewelry world, so I can use all the help I can get! Thanks for sharing!!


NightingalesJewellery 4 years ago

Erm, can i say wow?! What a fantastic Lens and what an absolutely novel concept for bespoke jewellery crafting. I bow to you in admiration, dear. We also craft bespoke jewellery, but in a more conventional manner.

Check out our Lens. But, wow. You are truly a creative enchantress.


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designsbyharriet 4 years ago from Indiana

A truly great lens filled with fun jewelry tutorials. Blessings.


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JanaLee LM 4 years ago

Such great tutorials! I'll give it a try to make some cool earrings soon.


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faeriesong7 3 years ago from Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland

Wow - so much to make...so little time. I'll be coming back to this one again and again. Thanks for sharing :)


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GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

Wow, this will keep me busy for weeks! Thanks for all the great information.........


karl-werner-125 3 years ago

The variety is amazing! I personally like the bracelets.


RANADEEP 3 years ago

Very good lense,I was just thinking about gifting some hand-crafted jewellary to my elder sister and your this lense gave me some great insights in it,thank you very much for sharing it and keep up your good work!!


Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

Many useful tips here. Thanks for sharing.


anonymous 3 years ago

Very useful tips. Thank you


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Mikarazgriz LM 3 years ago

SO many awesome ideas! Thanks for all these wonderful inspirations. This will keep me busy for a loooong time :)


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suzyjahi 3 years ago

Awesome Lens very creative!!


auralopez1203 3 years ago

love this lense really great info thanks ;-)


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rudy santayana 16 months ago

Nice lens. If you have some unwanted jewelry, another great I ideas is to, use old diamonds, gold and platinum to make a one-of-a-kind ring. To learn more visit: http://santayana.com/ and click on the custom jewelry tab or just go to http://customjewelrymiami.tumblr.com/. We specialize in this kind of service. I hope this helps.


sara 10 months ago

I really like beading! And I really like the concept of creating interchangeable Jewelry items, especially necklaces and bracelets. What a cool idea!

http://jewellery-style.blogspot.com//2011/09/canyo...


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StcJewellery 5 months ago from PAKISTAN

Thank you very much for sharing it and keep up your good work. ! http://www.stcjewellery.com/

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