You have Pinterest boards, pages torn out of magazines, and multiple browser bookmarks devoted to jewelry pieces you love. You might have a few jewelry making supplies, like chains and clasps and pretty beads that you just couldn’t resist. Clearly, you’re almost sold on the idea of creating your own jewelry… you just need a little nudge. So here are three great reasons for you to learn DIY jewelry making skills:
1. Custom Jewelry is Uniquely Perfect
In the immortal words of Mark Twain: “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.“ Mr. Twain is known more for his devotion to books than bling, but these words could apply just as easily to jewelry!
When you start to make your own jewelry, you never have to settle for a necklace that is just a little too long to look good with your wedding dress, or a pair of earrings that would be perfect if only they weren’t pink. Everything you wear will be totally you, and totally unique.
2. Fixing It: Stay Green… and Design Smart!
Simply put: When you know how to make jewelry, you know how to fix broken jewelry, too. When you can fix broken clasps and reattach pendants with jump rings, you no longer need to throw away, ignore or replace the jewelry you have already bought.
As a bonus, upcycling broken jewelry components is also design smart. If you’re holding on to a pretty earring that lost its mate somewhere along the way, chances are that you really like its design. Give that earring new life as a pendant or component in some other piece of jewelry is not only green and money-wise, it’s design smart, too!
3. Get the Look for Less
At some point, you may have looked at a piece of jewelry in the store and decided that you could make it more cheaply than you could buy it–and tailor it to your own personal taste at the same time. While you should never directly copy someone else’s design, it’s perfectly acceptable to be inspired by someone else’s work… and yes, you can often recreate and adapt a look at home for much less.
So, what’s holding you back? If you’re like many people, it’s the nuts-and-bolts basics of jewelry making: Knowing your jewelry findings, selecting the right beads and embellishments, and developing the skills to put it all together beautifully. If you’re nodding your head right now, you will definitely want to keep tabs on our upcoming series: Crafts Unleashed Jewelry Basics!
Which jewelry making techniques, tools, or findings in particular do YOU want to learn more about? Leave a comment below and let us know!