Today’s installment of Jewelry 101 is all about seed beads! If this is your first Jewelry 101 post, you can read about the series here and catch up with the first two installments here and here. Seed beads are one of my favorite kinds of beads to use for jewelry - but they have one … Continue reading Jewelry 101: Seed Bead Extravaganza
For this installment of the Jewelry 101 series, I will talk about the tools that I have and what each is best used for. Spoiler alert, it’s tiny pliers. Pliers are most often used with wire, so full disclosure, it’s been awhile since I have used some of mine because I don’t do much with … Continue reading Jewelry 101: Tools, or What Are All These Pliers For?
‘Findings’ is one of those ‘industry terms’ that I had never heard of before, so I thought it would be helpful to give a little overview for others like me. In a nutshell, ‘findings’ is an umbrella term for all the little ‘connector’ pieces that you need to make a complete piece of jewelry. It’s … Continue reading Jewelry 101: WTF are Findings?
I started making jewelry several years ago and recently got back into it. In doing so, I realized I wanted to create a blog series to cover the jewelry-making basics that I learned as I got started, and this post is kicking it off! This series will be VERY basic and intended for total newbies … Continue reading Introduction to Jewelry 101: A Guide for the Clueless Newbie Jewelry Maker