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Free Jewelry Making Patterns
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.
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
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
Some of My Favorite Jewelry Making Books
These are jewelry making books I have and love.
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.
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.
This very comprehensive book on the craft of MacramÃ© 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.
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