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Free Jewelry Making Patterns

Updated on February 18, 2011

Azareal's Jewelrymaking Patterns and Instructions

For a while, I made my living as a professional jewelrymaker. I made beaded jewelry and bead and wire jewelry, handknotted pearls, polished and set gems, and worked up some original patterns and designs. I find jewelrymaking to be relaxing, plus I get a sense of accomplishment whenever a project is completed. I wrote up tutorials for some of the techniques and projects and had a jewelrymaking website at All Info About that offered free patterns and help. The owners of that network shut it down at the beginning of 2008 and I hadn't found another really good way to republish the instructions... until Squidoo. These are my free instructions and patterns. Don't republish them elsewhere, but do feel free to sell anything you make using the patterns. You're more than welcome to print out instructions for free classes to teach other people how to make jewelry.

I make...

colored fire! Oh wait, that's over at About Chemistry. I like to make jewelry. I love beadwork... all types, all stitches. I love wirework, especially chain mail jewelry. I like to make macrame and other fiber jewelry. I like working with crystals and precious gems (is there anyone who doesn't?).

How long have you been doing this?

I learned how to bead jewelry from my grandmother, who learned it back in the 1920s when it was very much in vogue. I didn't really do much with the skill for many years, aside from making my own prom jewelry and some holiday ornaments. I took it up again when I started having kids. I just found myself wanting to create things that would last for them and then their children. Heirlooms. Jewelrymaking became an expensive hobby.

Later, I was between jobs and needed money, but I wanted to be home to raise my children so I decided to make and sell jewelry from home. I picked up a small business class, got my business license, and made a career of it.

I started writing for About.com about the same time. If you have your own business, you know how "fun" taxes can be, so one year I decided to simplify my life and return jewelrymaking to hobby status. Some people say doing what you love stops being fun when you do it for a job, but that was never the case with me. I love making jewelry, but there are just so many hours in the day. So... here are some projects. When I make new pieces, I'll try to photograph them along the way and explain how to make them, so you can make different types of jewelry, too.

Autumn Leaves Necklace

Autumn Leaves Necklace
Autumn Leaves Necklace

Beaded Earrings for Winter

Beaded Earrings for Winter
Beaded Earrings for Winter

Favorite Jewelrymaking Tools

These are some of the tools of the trade. Feel free to add your own recommendations and be sure to vote/up down.

Hugs and Kisses Ring

Hugs and Kisses Ring
Hugs and Kisses Ring

Some of My Favorite Jewelry Making Books

These are jewelry making books I have and love.

Out On A Loom : Instructions and 15 Patterns for Loom Bead Weaving
Out On A Loom : Instructions and 15 Patterns for Loom Bead Weaving

Out On A Loom is a creative journey through color, design, and form for the bead artist. The softcover book features 32 full-color pages of detailed instructions, illustrations and diagrams for creating loom woven bracelets, mini-tapestries and split loom necklaces. Photos of Margie Deeb's bead work (including the weaving skills of renowned bead artist Frieda Bates) provide stunning examples of what can be created from the pages of Out On A Loom.

 
Coraling Technique: Step-by-Step Instructions For Making Ten Original Design Necklaces, Bracelets And Earrings In The Most Popular Russian Beading Technique
Coraling Technique: Step-by-Step Instructions For Making Ten Original Design Necklaces, Bracelets And Earrings In The Most Popular Russian Beading Technique

The book is a practical guide for making ten beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings. It includes over 50 clear and descriptive diagrams, carefully detailing every step of the process.

 
The Macrame Book
The Macrame Book

This very comprehensive book on the craft of Macramé can be used by beginners and experts alike. It explains the basic knots and describes the materials and equipment needed to begin. After giving patterns and directions for simple projects like belts and necklaces, it proceeds to bags and purses in great variety, dress accessories and hangings. More advanced techniques, such as twining and wrapping, the numerous illustrations, both diagrams and photographs, clarify the techniques at every stage. Some outstanding designs by contemporary artists are featured and these, with the author's own enthusiasm and expertise, should inspire the reader to create original pieces of decorative art.

 

Other Jewelry Making Info

Here are some other Squidoo lenses that relate to making jewelry.

Do you have any questions or comments about my patterns or requests for projects or instructions you would like to see?

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      Harriet 4 years ago from Indiana

      I make metal jewelry, but this is a great lens for those using beads. Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. Have a great day!

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      Loulie LM 5 years ago

      So much great info here! :) Many thanks.

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      kimadagem 5 years ago

      This is a really fun stitch to do and not that hard once you get past the first couple of "loops." And I really like the spiral effect. I'm glad you've put instructions here, especially with photos, because I don't make this often and sometimes when I do I have to refresh my memory about how to start it. Now I know where to go!

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      kimadagem 5 years ago

      There's lots here to check out - I've bookmarked this lens. Thanks for writing it!

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      That is a very interesting lens. I used to make jewellery when I was at schoolo, selling them to friends. I earned a few money just for buing the material I needed for making the jewellery. What I enjoyed most, was the creation of nice objects that made me feel really good!

      P.S. I would appreciate it, if you could have a look at my lenses and like any of them or leave any comment that would help me became a good lens maker!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This site is awesome!! There are so many inspiring patterns. I volunteer teach a class to seniors in Corona, CA and I am constantly looking for new ideas. Thank you so much!!

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      Cheryl57 LM 6 years ago

      Wow!! Thanx for all the great info. I am a disabled veteran trying to get a small home-based jewelry-making business started. I have spent nearly two years trying to get the veterans VocRehab dept to help me.=, to no avail. :(

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      TWOnline2 6 years ago

      like it

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      Margaret Schindel 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is a really terrific lens! Thanks for all the great information and the time and effort you obviously put into it.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      You've got some beautiful pieces here. The one in your intro module is especially nice.

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      Azareal 7 years ago

      @JewelryMakingBooks: Absolutely - I'd love to see your lens! Yes, the first few lenses are a lot of work, but you'll get a rhythm going and it will get easier. Squidoo is fun!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Went exploring jewelry pattern and chanced to encounter your lens. Truly essential info on jewelry making patterns!

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      JewelryMakingBooks 7 years ago

      Thanks for the free patterns, that is so generous of you. I have sent your link to all my contacts. (twitter, facebook etc)

      I have been building a squidoo lens, this is the first time I have done one. I found it rather exhausting since I didn't know what I was doing. But the result is amazing. Anyway since you are such an expert, I was wondering if you would give me some feedback on it. Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, such a coincidence. I too am a chemistry teacher and love making my jewelry. I really enjoyed reading your fun Halloween experiments!!

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      Buybirthstonejewelry 7 years ago

      Don't stop working with your passion. Nice beadwork and great indepth information on your work. Thumbs up from me!