Essential Techniques for Jewelry Making | Jewelry 101

Hey guys, Susan Thomas back again and today I want to teach you some basic jewelry making techniques that will take you from novice to noticed. Okay. So I know since you’re watching this video you’re interested in making jewelry but you’re probably overwhelmed by all the different techniques that are out there. I know I know how many different ways are there to make a necklace anyway right. So I’m going to teach you a few basic techniques that will make it easy for you to get started.

Okay. So, let’s start with stringing in order to do just basic stringing. You’Re gon na need a few things you’re going to need some stringing wire, you’re gon na need a crimping, plier and you’re going to need some crimp beads and, of course, a clasp and a little jump ring to go with the clasp, and then I always like To use something called a bead stopper to stop the beads from falling off the end of my stringing wire. You can see. I’Ve got one right down there at the bottom of the wire I’ve strung and a bead board there, which is all these awesome measurements on it.

This starts at zero and goes all the way up and around to 17 on both sides, and it also has millimeters or centimeters on the inside. So you can use metrics if you want to, but I have laid out my beads here on my feed board at about 7 inches, because it takes about seven inches to make a standard size bracelet, because you’re gon na have 7 inches of beads. And then your clasp is gon na add about 3/4 of an inch to an inch and be just an average size, beaded bracelet that will fit most people now. You can also say that I have some slack here. I usually cut about a foot of wire off of the spool for every bracelet project, so this is a 30 foot spool, so you can get about 30 bracelets out of a spool like that, and then once I get those all strung.

What I’m gon na do is I’m going to take a quick bead and I am going to attach my clasp to my bracelet. So I have a crimp bead here and I’m just going to string it onto the wire just like so so you see that goes on there and then I’m gon na take one half of my class. I’M gon na use the jump ring first and put that on and then I’m gon na string the wire back through that couldn’t be yes, I’m gon na do it there we go okay, so you make a little loop and that holds the jump ring at the End and you pull the crimp bead up to the jump ring you don’t want to pull it too. Tight I’ll leave a little bit of space for that jump, ring to move and then you’re going to take a crimping plier ever so you’re, just gon na drop. Your crimp bead down into the plier and give one squeeze and you’re done super secure.

Then you’re gon na take a nipper and you’re going to clip off that excess wire right there up nice and close. Let all your beads come down the wire and I’m gon na. Take that bead stopper off the other end, because I don’t need it anymore and I’m gon na put a crimp bead on the other side of the wire. Take the other half of my clasp on the wire and back through the crimp bead easy right, that’s so easy! This is one of the best ways to get started, making jewelry and then you’re, just gon na pull that up to the beads so that you don’t have any slack in that wire.

Then same thing is the other side, we’re going to drop this down into that groove and the crimping plier and give it a squeeze one time and that’s it and we’re gon na trim off the extra wire right up against that clock. Bead and then you have my bracelet now, if you really want to and you don’t like the look of crimp beads, you can use something called a crimp cover to cover up the crimp beads, and this is just a little open bead that when you put it Over the crimp bead, it’s gon na turn into a little ball, so I’m just gon na put that over the crimp bead, so we’re just gon na grab that guy and I like to have the opening facing up. So it’s a little bit easier for me to grab a hold of the bead and squeeze it closed so that it looks like a little round bead. It’S a really nice way to end your jewelry very pretty, and then you are done with your bracelets. So that’s a great technique and that’s what I recommend to get started and then another wonderful technique that you can try is working with wire and I love to work with wire because you can make bracelets and necklaces.

But you can also make earrings and that’s what a lot of people do when they first start working with wire. So in order to work with the wire I’m going to use just some 24 gauge wire, you can use any gauge to do this. It just depends on your beads, but 24 gauge is a nice, medium sized wire and a great size for beginners to get started with. So I’m also going to use a round nose, plier and a chain nose, plier and my flush cutter. So I already have two beads wired together here and I’m going to wire another one together using the same technique.

So you can see what I’m doing I’m going to take about a three inch piece of wire and my round nose. Plier, I’m going to grab the wire with the round nose, plier, just about a quarter inch up the plier and I’m going to bend that back into a ninety degree angle. And then I’m going to roll this back towards myself into a half circle and then wrap it the rest of the way around the plier into a full circle. Then I’m gon na re grasp that loop and wrap the rest of this wire around underneath and I usually do three times and then you just trim off the extra wire with your flush cutter and now I’m going to pop a bead on here cause what I’m Doing is I’m making a little beaded connector so then you’re going to do the same thing on the opposite side of the bead. But you want to make sure that when you get started, the plier touches the top of that bead and then you’re gon na bend.

It back into a 90 degree angle, hold and control your bead roll, this back towards yourself, pull it down and around into a full circle. Now the trick here is to make sure that you connect this to any other closed connectors that you have started. So I have two right here that I’ve already started and I am going to run this up into that loop to connect them. Then I’m going to use my round nose. Plier Andry grasp that same loop use gravity to get those beads out of the way and wrap and trim off the extra wire.

Then I’m going to take my little chain nose, plier here and just squish down that little that I made so now. I have this cute little segment of wire or of chain, and I want to attach that little Braille up to the bottom, so I’m gon na take some more 24 gauge wire a little bit longer this time six inches and I am going to throw that down Onto the mat and pick it back up again hold on there, we go. I’M gon na put that at the center of this piece of wire and then I’m going to squeeze it together with my nails and see how it kind of made almost like a little teepee at the top or like a little triangle, to bring them together. And then I’m gon na use they round nose, plier to hold right above the top of that bead and I’m going to take one of these wires and I’m gon na wrap it two times around there to finish that off and I’m gon na trim this off And then it’s almost like a head pin, so I’m going to grab that bend it back into a 90-degree angle. So it’s basically the same technique that we started with roll back towards yourself.

It’S that half circle bring this down and around into a full circle. Then I’m going to connect it, I’m going to connect it to the orange one, because I like the way, the green and the orange look together into the loop. It goes regress. The circle use gravity to get that out of the way and then wrap, and then I’m just gon na squeeze off-hours trim off the extra wire and there it is like a cute little earring right or it could be a dangle on the end of a necklace Or it could be like an extender chain anything. So that’s some of the great things that you can do with wire.

Okay now I know you guys are here to learn lots of cool techniques. So that’s two down: let’s see what else we can get into. I think I would like to try some hand knotting next, so voila little French for you. We have got here: silk cord pearls, a toggle clasp, and then this is called an easy knot. Er right here.

This is a wonderful tool for a beginner who’s learning. How to hand knot jewelry, it is awesome, it’s the easiest, one that I’ve ever with an I love working with it. So you see this little knob right here. This is actually just a safety you take that off and it reveals this little pin in the middle and that is kind of the the magic pin. That’S going to help us, not our jewelry.

So what you do first, is you just string all your beads onto your cord and I’m using a silk cord that comes carded like this and what I love about this silk cord is. It already has a needle attached to the end. That’S just awesome, so that is already attached the end. You do not have to worry about threading, a needle or anything like that. It’S on every one of these little cards of silk and I’m using kind of a medium size silk.

It’S called a size, six, which is 0.7 millimeters and really I love that size because it fits through most medium sized pearls and it gives you a nice size not between each one of the pearls. So I’ve already got those three and I’m gon na pull another pearl down. Next to the first three that I got started and then I’m going to wrap this around my fingers, kind of like a teepee and drop the pearls down through the center and put that little loop. I made and we hold that up for you right over the top of that pin in the middle and then you’re just gon na pull the cord until that knot becomes tight around the pin and then you’re gon na pull that back up off and we’re gon Na take our next pearl and string, it right up push against the first pearl and pull that knot tight, so see how perfect that is now the other great thing about this tools.

You see all of the inches and millimeters here is that you can do tin cup style necklaces, which is so cool, so a tin cup style necklace is a necklace where there’s space between the knots and the pearls. So you see this necklace right here is started with no space and what I’m gon na do now is I’m going to tie another knot so that I have some space between my next two pearls. So, in order to do that, you’re just gon na same thing make your teepee and drop your pearls through and put the knot on to the pin, but I’m gon na pull it tight and then I’m gon na pull this until my first knot is at the Measurement that I want, so I really want there to be about a half inch between each knot. So you see how I’ve got this knot here and the second knot right there on top of that half inch and then you’re gon na take your two fingers and pinch and pull, and there you’ve got that space and pull the next bead down, see how that Works and so then, this next knot has to be right on top of the Pearl oops, so I’ll make this one close. This knot is on my pin, I’m gon na pull this up and pull tight, and that cute makes a great necklace alright.

So that is essentially how you hand knot and always put this knob back on top of this tool. Otherwise you’ll lose it and I always work on the floor and then I’d step on it, and I would hate that and then I have one more technique. I want to show you in our basic technique series, and that is working with stretch cord now, you might think stretch cord that’s easy. Well, there are some there’s some ins and outs to that that you probably want to know about working with stretch cord I’ve got three different spools of stretch cord here, and I love this because I’ve got three different colors here. I’Ve got black clear and silver and I also have three different sizes.

So that’s something you might not have ever thought about, but the one millimeter of course is gon na be the biggest and then the 0.8 millimeter is gon na be kind of your medium size and then the 0.5 millimeter is gon na, be your small. So you want to have all three diameters because, depending on the size of your beads, that’s how you choose, which one of the sizes you use to string on. You want the cord to fill up as much of the hole in the bead as possible.

So for this particular project, I’m using the point eight. So one thing that you’ll notice is that I have a spacer on one end and not on that end. On the first end, because when you bring it together, that’s gon na just be that spacer in the center one of the things I always used to do when I would make stretch bracelets. As I always forget, and I would put a spacer on both ends and then you have one spacer between every bead except the last two and then you have two so remember that then you’re just gon na take that little bead stopper off. Remember that guy he’s very handy stack these up and put them to the side, so you can see what I’m doing and you were going to tie your stretch cord now.

What you want to do is you want to cross the stretch cord one time and then you want to take it and knot it, and when you knot it, you want to note it in a square knot. So right over left left over right and then you want to take it one more time through making what’s called a surgeon’s knot, and you can see that little braid on there right there if you’ve got that braid, you have it knotted correctly and now you need To pull that tight, I’m Alicia, my friend Alicia taught me this trick. You really really really need to pull it tight. You need to pull it tight from the top and you need to pull it tight from the bottom and then the last thing I always do is I take some of this type of cement. I always do this and it has this tiny little applicator on here and you just drop a little bit on to your knot and you can pull it tight again if you want to the only thing I don’t like about this, is it’s really hard to get This tip back into the glue, but it’s great glue, I always use it.

I also use it for hand knotting as well on some of my knots, they’re so good stuff, all right and then what you do is you just trim off the extra cord and voila? You have a stretch: bracelet, okay, so there you go. That’S four basic techniques. You can use to get the ball rolling, stringing, wiring hand, knotting and stretch cord so time to get to work and don’t forget to send me some pictures of what you’ve done thanks. So much for watching guys if you’d like to pick up any of the supplies we use today check out the links down below.

Are there any questions that you have about jewelry, making techniques that you’d like to know about leave me a comment don’t forget to Like and subscribe and I’ll see you again next time.

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