Each and every one of us out there has a hobby that we are passionate about. Whether that be collecting stamps or playing tennis, it is something we enjoy doing to pass the time. However, few hobbies are as satisfying as making your own jewellery. Not only do you have fun while doing it, but you get something to wear or give to loved ones afterwards. If you find yourself having real talent for it, you could even make some money. But, like most things, it can be a difficult skill to master when starting out. Here is a helping hand to get you started:
· Focus On One Kind of Jewellery
When you are first starting out, it can be helpful to focus on one type of jewellery. There are so many possibilities out there that it may take a while to find your calling. Whether it is beaded, sewn, metal or more – finding one skill to master first will serve you best. Once you have conquered one type, you can then have more freedom to learn more.
· Learn the Basics
“Learn to walk before you can run” can apply to making jewellery. Before you get in to the more complex techniques, learn some basic skills first. While the different types of materials will all have different skills to master, most will need some sort of knowledge of how to open and close a jump ring properly and form a simple wire loop.
· Invest in Tools
When you are first starting out you may just be using the tools from your toolbox. However, the better and more specialised your tools are – the better the end result is likely to be. Don’t be put off by the expensive price of some of the items. These will last a long time and are unlikely to lose any real value.
· Learns the Terms
There is a lot of different jargon when it comes to making jewellery. That means it is important to learn the terminology or you risk getting a bit lost. Before you start to purchase any materials or tools, take a look at what things mean. This way, you will at least have some background knowledge to get you started.
· Organise Your Space
This is a hobby that is more than likely done in the home, shed or garage. If you have tools laying everywhere then it is going to annoy family members and slow your process down. Choose a space and keep all your work done there. It means that tools and materials are a lot less likely to go missing and your mess is confined to one space.
· Take Classes
Classes are a great way to learn specific skills. The teacher will have the knowledge and experience to teach you how to do something. There are plenty of different jewellery making classes out there if you know where to look. You can even work your way up from beginner classes, all the way through to more advanced skills.