How To Make Jewellery In 2024

A Beginner's Guide To Jewellery Making

Do you want to make your own jewellery but don't know where to start? There are many different techniques and materials that you can use to create beautiful pieces that reflect your personal style. Below we'll explore a few jewellery making techniques and the types of jewellery you can create with each one.


Wire Wrapping

Wire wrapping is a versatile technique that involves bending wire around tools and wrapping wire around beads, stones, or other objects to create unique designs. You can use wire wrapping to create a wide range of jewellery, including:

  • Earrings: Dangle earrings, hoop earrings, and stud earrings 
  • Necklaces: custom linking, simple pendants or elaborate statement necklaces.
  • Bracelets: delicate bangles, chunky cuffs, unique shapes
  • Rings: Wire-wrapped rings can be simple or intricate and can feature gemstones or other embellishments.



 Beaded jewellery is a popular style that involves stringing beads together to create eye-catching designs. Some of the types of jewellery you can make with beading include:

  • Necklaces: Beaded necklaces can be simple or elaborate and can feature a wide range of bead sizes and shapes.
  • Bracelets: From simple single-strand bracelets to complex multi-strand designs, beading offers many options for making bracelets.
  • Earrings: Beaded earrings can be simple or elaborate and can feature a wide range of bead sizes and shapes.
  • Anklets: You can use beading to create delicate and lightweight anklets or chunky and bold styles.


Metalworking / Fabricating 

Metalworking is a more advanced jewellery making technique that involves shaping and forming metal to create intricate and unique designs. Metalworking will incorporate more soldering, filing, and other more technical skills compared to wire wrapping or beading but as a result you can create a wider variety of styles including:

  • Rings: Metalworking allows you to create one-of-a-kind rings that can feature gemstones, unique textures, or other embellishments.
  • Necklaces: With metalworking, you can create statement necklaces that feature bold and intricate designs.
  • Earrings: Metalworking offers endless possibilities for creating unique and personalized earrings.
  • Bracelets: From simple cuffs to complex chainmail designs, metalworking can be used to make a wide range of bracelet styles.



Whether you prefer wire wrapping, beading, or metalworking, there are many types of jewellery you can create with each technique.


What's the difference between solid gold, gold plated, gold filled and gold vermeil?


Solid Gold vs Gold Plated vs Gold Filled vs Gold Vermeil

When it comes to buying or making jewellery, you may come across different types of gold, such as solid gold, gold plated, gold filled and gold vermeil. Here's a breakdown of what each term means and the difference between them:

  • Solid Gold: Solid gold jewellery is made entirely of gold, usually 14K or 18K gold. This means that the entire piece is made of the same metal and is not coated or filled with anything else. Solid gold jewellery is more expensive than plated or gold-filled jewellery because it is made of pure gold and is more durable.

  • Gold Filled: Gold filled jewellery is made of a base metal that is coated with a thicker layer of gold than gold plated jewellery. This makes it more durable and longer-lasting than gold plated jewellery. Gold filled jewellery is more expensive than gold plated jewellery but less expensive than solid gold jewellery.

  • Gold Vermeil: Gold vermeil jewellery is made by coating a base of sterling silver with a layer of gold. The layer of gold in gold vermeil jewellery is thicker than in gold plated jewellery, typically ranging from 2.0 to 2.5 microns. Gold vermeil jewellery is more durable than gold plated jewellery and is a great alternative to solid gold, offering a similar look at a more affordable price point.

  • Gold Plated: Gold plated jewellery is made of a base metal, such as brass or copper, that is coated with a thin layer of gold. This gives the appearance of gold without the high cost of solid gold jewellery. However, the gold plating can wear off over time and expose the base metal underneath, which can cause irritation or discoloration.


What do I need to start making silver jewellery?

Depending on what style of jewellery your wanting to make will determine what tools and supplies you need, but some of the fundamentals that most jewellers need are:


Can You Make Silver Jewellery At Home?

Yes you most definitely can! Some of the biggest jewellery houses in the world started in their garage or spare bedroom. All you need is a desk with enough space and the right tools. Even with some of the more hazardous tasks like soldering with a flame can be made extremally safe when the correct tools are used and while intently following safety precautions.


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