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    Hi all

    I want to start making jewellery but don't know where to start, e.g where to but the gemstomes etc..??? Can anyone give me any tips on how and where to start, maybe send me some links as well

    Well appericated

    Thanks

    Donna x
    Life is full of suprises and one of the is ME!

    www.creativehandmadecards.com

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    Hello and welcome Donna. Hope you'll enjoy the forum.

    I'm also just in the beginning stages of making jewellery myself as it's something that has tempted me for a while and I can feel a bead addiction coming on.

    There are so many books out there, do you have a local craft place near you? Then you can flick through and see which one might work best for you. I've tried a couple and one of them scared me and then another pulled me in.

    From my own personal experience I found it very daunting looking at all the various stuff out there and what to do with it but if you have a particular kind of jewellery you want to start off with I think that helps narrow what you're looking at a lot.

    Best of luck, I'm sure the experienced people here can give you much better advice than me.
    Plushie and Amigurumi Love

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    • #3
      Hi Donna

      What kind of jewellery making you are interested in?
      If it is metalsmith : model making, lost wax casting, gems setting i may help you with links and advices.

      Cheers

      Regards from sunny Bulgaria
      Magic in your life: www.velango.com
      Fine jewellery : www.trinketsltd.com

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      • #4
        Hi

        I don't actually know which will be easier or cheaper to start of with? I am actually intrested in gems and stuff like silver jewellery, but i am up for just starting of at the bottom (which i believe is the beads) please can you advise me if you can?

        Oh i have had a look on the internet and couldn't find anything that can give me guidance in my local libary as there are just books for more experience jeweller's and couldn't see any starter books!

        Anyway please can anyone help!

        Thanks

        Donna x
        Life is full of suprises and one of the is ME!

        www.creativehandmadecards.com

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        • #5
          Hi Donna

          There was a similar question on the forum recently (link below) which might help. When I started to make jewellery I bought one from the 'dummies' series that, although not full of pretty pictures, had lots of very basic techniques and explanations - it is called ' Jewelry Making and Beading for Dummies ' and I am sure you can get it from amazon (along with many others!).

          The forum thread I mentioned that might also help is http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=5876

          Good luck & enjoy it most of all !
          Mel

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          • #6
            Hi Donna

            Welcome to the wonderful world of jewellery making!! Prepare to become an addict!!

            A nice way to start is with just some simple with some costume jewellery and then work up toward the more expensive gems and silver. There are lots of good books that you can buy and some good free guides on the internet. Drop me a line if you would like some links!

            Also, a lot of bead shops sell kits which include everything you need and instructions to make jewellery. This can also be a great way to learn some new skills.

            Happy beading

            Fran x
            www.hellobeads.co.uk
            Hello Beads Online Bead Shop- "Little Things, Great Joy"

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            • #7
              Hello Donna

              about.com have lots of jewellery tutorials for beginners. I found it useful when I started.

              Welcome to the world of bead addiction!!

              Julz

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              • #8
                I agree with Julz -about.com is great for these sorts of things - they also have a newsletter that you can subscribe to which sends you hints and tips weekly.
                www.hellobeads.co.uk
                Hello Beads Online Bead Shop- "Little Things, Great Joy"

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                • #9
                  Hi everyone

                  Thanks for all the replies, please continue to post if you have any other tips for me

                  Thanks donna x
                  Life is full of suprises and one of the is ME!

                  www.creativehandmadecards.com

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                  • #10
                    I bought a book called the basics of bead stringing by debbie kanan when i first started making jewellery i found it very useful.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CreativeDesigns2007 View Post
                      Hi all

                      I want to start making jewellery but don't know where to start, e.g where to but the gemstomes etc..??? Can anyone give me any tips on how and where to start, maybe send me some links as well

                      Well appericated

                      Thanks

                      Donna x
                      Hello Donna and everyone,

                      This is my first post, so I hope it's ok!

                      I know of a book called 'Two in One Jewellery Manual' By Coles.

                      It's basically two books in one (as the title would suggest!).

                      It concentrates on silver jewellery with some aspects of gem setting.

                      It gives you techniques from beginner level all the way to advanced, lists all the tools needed for the book and is full of projects to do (again, from beginnner to advanced).

                      It helped me years ago!

                      Could be a good find on ebay or something.

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                      • #12
                        some good ideas for a beginer here. http://jewelrymaking.about.com/od/be...ers_Corner.htm
                        good projects for all levels http://www.firemountaingems.com/bead...os/default.asp


                        this book was in my local library good read http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jewellery-Ma...260872-0603100

                        This is the one my tutor recomended but that was a long time ago. still a good book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jewellery-Ma...260872-0603100
                        "You've Got to Keep Your Mind Wide Open" - AnnaSophia Robb
                        my Folksy shop Goldy'sclearoutblog debaynewebdesign


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                        • #13
                          I read about this one recommended today: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Discover-Bea...0143210&sr=1-1
                          Mel

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                          • #14
                            Hi Donna,

                            Good to hear that you want to start jewelry making. Jewelry making is so much fun & excitment. What kind of jewelry are you looking for? If you are looking for gemstones than you can find many wholesale suppliers simply by searching on google.

                            We are glad to inform you that [MOD EDIT - And we are glad to inform you that you've been banned once already for spamming so please take the hint and stop!]

                            Regards,
                            Amrita.
                            Last edited by nattynetty; 01-10-2007, 12:27 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Hi, I make a few bits of jewellery and I found it easier to buy a ready made kit when I first started, and just play around to see what worked. If you're not sure how to use the findings etc, try looking at a good book until you have the hang of it.

                              If you want to make your own beads (which is actually great fun, although much messier and time consuming and mine nEVER turn out perfectly round!) then there's a great demonstration online that shows you how :

                              http://www.crafts-beautiful.com/site...ul_april_2007/

                              I hope that's OK to post links, i belong to so many different forums I tend to forget what's allowed on which, so apologies if I'm wrong!

                              Anyway I hope you get on well, jewellery making is lots of fun and it's a great hobby to have near Christmas time

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