If you are thinking of creating homemade jewelry for personal use or pieces that you may eventually sell, but more as a way of using your creativity and being more mindful, this article is your guide for creating high-quality and beautiful homemade jewelry.
There is a lot that goes into jewelry making, and the tips below will ensure that you create the best pieces of jewelry.
Between your searches for the best DIY jewelry ideas, settling on the type of jewelry you intend to make, and even sorting through the many instructional videos and online classes on jewelry making techniques, tools, and materials, it can be a challenge to put all that knowledge together and to create beautiful pieces. Below is a guide on how to create beautiful handmade jewelry.
How To Make Handmade Jewelry That Looks Professional And Beautiful
1. What can you improve on this week?
The key to becoming the best in something is doing that thing consistently and learning new ways of improving it, rather than having multiple things that need to be done and trying to juggle all of them.
This applies to all areas of your life, not just jewelry making at a professional level. It is why you have heard the sentiment ‘Just Do It’s said too many times.
It might sound cliché, but it is a trick that works. Also, you need to be careful about how you tackle or even identify your tackle for the day.
To get right into the thing that needs improving, you need to spring on it and just act. Don’t spend 5 minutes thinking about it or trying to figure it out. All you need to do is to find that one piece of jewelry (homemade) that you really love.
If you cannot choose, close your eyes, then pull out one thing, randomly the focus on the things you like about that piece and why you wouldn’t want to lose it. Think of this as the thing that makes your work rare, unique, and precious.
Now that you have that look out for that one thing you wish to change or improve about the jewelry. That thing that would make your jewelry look more professional. After you have identified that thing, you need to work on it for the next 7 days.
During this time, learn more about the jewelry-making techniques that are often used by professions. Note, however, that unless you are planning to go to an art school on a full-time basis, there are techniques you shouldn’t try just yet.
These include bezel setting, chain maille, kumihino braiding, or making jewelry, all at the same time. When the time is right, you will master these techniques, but only one at a time.
Trying to learn all these techniques at once and in just one week will drive you insane. So, don’t push yourself. Always keep things simple and try to focus on one thing at a time.
2. You need new and exceptional (but practical) ideas, always!
For beautiful, professional-looking jewelry, find new, cute, and practical ideas on sites like Pinterest. You may think that you don’t have any original ideas and everything has been made by someone else, but the truth is that there is nothing online made by you just yet.
In fact, there aren’t many of these ‘original’ ideas out there, and in most cases, you just need to find an idea that you like the add some elements that are more appealing to you or based on different subjects that mean something to you.
3. Experiment with the right type of jewelry
While working small and simple, you also need to make sure that you improve on your design skills, the finishing processes, as well as the details needed for specific techniques.
This is important if you are working on your earrings design, for example – while they don’t have to be measured to fit initially, they don’t need too much material, and also, it is easy to measure different variations.
Once you perfect the skill, you will be happy with the results because the earrings sell pretty quickly, with what you would consider rejects also finding a rather friendly audience.
Besides earrings, you could also experiment with focal beads, pendants, or friendships. Any of these will earn you good money once you have mastered the designs and know-how to make the best ones.
As you experiment, you also want to find experimental samples for filling the ring bezels, for example, the hypoallergenic, surgical grade stainless steel pieces that make great options for adjustable hoops. In other words, when you’re starting out, you want to avoid complicated designs.
4. Find the free jewelry-making tutorials and instructions online, but be cautious and don’t get lost in a mess.
The internet is the best place for you to find information and learn new techniques for different things, and when it comes to jewelry making, there are multiple options that you get to choose from.
In other words, you can learn a great deal about everything thanks to the power of the internet. However, you should be able to sift through the different pieces of information you can find online and pick up a select few; otherwise, you’ll get lost.
You can remain focused by setting a timer to help you stay focused. To save time, consider speeding up the speed of your YouTube videos. This would save time and ensure that you catch the important details fast.
5. If you have some money saved up, invest in foundational classes for jewelry making.
For the best knowledge on the best quality jewelry-making technique, you may want to put in some money. YouTube offers a great deal of information, but to learn from the masters, consider investing your money to learn special skills that only these people can teach.
6. You need the best tools for jewelry making.
For the jewelry, you create to have those beautiful finishes you desire and for them to look professional, consider investing in good quality tools and supplies for jewelry making.
Essentially, you wouldn’t have to put all your savings into these purchases, but you have to find tools that will get the work done. Some of the basics that you need include the split ring pliers, a flat nose, a round nose, a chain nose, the crimping pliers, and also a diagonal wire cutter. These have to be good quality pieces because you need them to last long.
7. Perception is better and easier to sell than reality.
You may not agree with this notion at first, but when it comes to jewelry making and being able to sell the jewelry easily, you need to sell the bling rather than the ring.
And this doesn’t apply to the gemstones on the jewelry; you also need to think about how you present the jewelry to the world.
This means the packaging, the marketing elements, and all other aspects of the business. The reveal is important to the success of the business, but the jewelry you create must be equally phenomenal.
The tips above are going to elevate the quality of your handmade jewelry.
Just make sure that the jewelry you choose can sell, be patient, be open to learning, and don’t compromise on the jewelry’s quality.
Stephanie is a jewelry lover when she was a teenager. Her major was fashion design when she was in college. She is a jewelry designer at SOQ Jewelry and other design companies. Now she is also a writer for our website. She writes a lot of designs&brands posts with very actionable tips.