Jewelry Making Basics

Want to create your own unique jewelry and other accessories but aren’t sure where to start? With the basics, of course! These jewelry making basics are the perfect place to find tips, tricks and inspiration for your next project. Browse our easy jewelry making projects below and click on any image for detailed instructions, supply lists and more.

How to Organize Beads & Jewelry Supplies


Jewelry supplies are a special challenge to organize, because they’re so small, and there are so many different kinds of things to keep track of.  I know… I have quite a lot of jewelry supplies.  (What can I say, I’m a sucker for new beads!)  I’ve tried a lot of different storage solutions, and I’ve finally got on a system that’s working well for me. Today, I’m showing you how to organize beads and jewelry making supplies. Being organized is {Read More}

Buying Guide: Choosing the Right Craft Wire, Thread or Cord


Chances are we’ve all been there. You’re all set to create your next beautiful piece of jewelry when you begin and quickly realize you’ve got the wrong kind of craft wire, thread or cord. Choosing the right type of bead stringing wire or thread for your project is essential for ensuring it lasts the test of time, looks great and is easy to craft. Just follow our guide below to ensure you’re choosing the right type of material for your {Read More}

How to Choose the Right Jewelry Adhesive


Sometimes your beautiful jewelry creations require just a little bit of support. Whether it’s a project that needs extensive jewelry adhesive or just a drop to pinch bails, choosing the right jewelry making glue is the key. There’s nothing worse than spending time on a jewelry project only to have the pieces fall off when wearing them. From the must-have all-purpose jewelry glue to the best kind for beads, gems, leather and more, we can help you choose the right jewelry {Read More}

Our Top Picks for Jewelry Craft Tools


Having the right jewelry tools is essential to creating unique, well-made pieces. But with the huge amount of jewelry craft tools and supplies, how do you know what is a must-have, what you can wait on and what to splurge on? We’re here to help! Read on for the must-have tools for any jewelry making beginner and what upgrades you can make once you’re more serious about your jewelry crafting. Top Jewelry Craft Tools for Beginners The first purchase every {Read More}

Statement Steampunk Necklace Tutorial


The best thing about making your own jewelry is that you can create a piece that is uniquely you.  Whether you like leather, bling, vintage or simple styling, you can find a way to express your personality through jewelry.  As I’ve shared before, I have a soft spot for all things antique and unique.  The new Vintaj and Steampunk lines at Consumer Crafts made it easy for me to put together this cool statement steampunk necklace, which is really fun {Read More}

Knock Off Chevron Ladder Anthropologie Necklace


I recently found a cute chevron ladder Anthropologie necklace (Anthro is one of my absolute favorite clothing and accessory stores)!  It is a beautiful necklace, but at $58…it was a bit over my necklace budget.  Especially for a trendy piece of jewelry that I know will only be in style for a couple of years.  So I decided to DIY my own version of this Anthropologie necklace and came up with a really fun and similar version for less then $11 (and {Read More}

Easy Spike and Stud Bracelet Tutorial


I’ve been in full-swing making my fall accessories, and I’ve got fun and trendy ideas to share with you for going back-to-school!  Studs and spikes have always made a statement, and these easy stud bracelets stack together for some great arm candy.  I’m going to share two different types of stud bracelet designs – they are both simple and fast to make.  Have fun making these great metal bracelets with your girlfriends or sitting down to some quick craft time. Supplies {Read More}

The Complete Beginners Guide to Beading Basics

beading for beginners

If you’re just starting out with jewelry making, beading might not be the place you think to start. You may be surprised to learn that beaded jewelry can be easy, as long as you have the right tools and guidance. That’s where we come in. Learn some of our beading for beginners tips, like the right supplies to purchase, best brands for beginners and more. You’ll thank us later, when you are making our own drool-worthy jewelry. Jewelry Tools and {Read More}

How-to: Wrapped Wire Rings


It’s been a while since I made a project that made me say, “Oh my goodness, I just can’t stop making these!” I tend to have a short attention span when it comes to crafts, I love making things once, and moving on to the next thing. But, I dare anyone to make just one of these beaded wrapped wire rings!  They are an easy jewelry project that doesn’t need a lot of supplies, it’s something you can customize by {Read More}