*DISCLAIMER:* I am no expert. Far from one, actually. Most of what I am teaching you I learned myself through trial and error. The point of this mini series is to cover what I wish I would have known before I ventured into the land of jewelry. I hope you enjoy it. :)
Today I'll cover basic supplies. The jewelry I'll be showing you how to make over the next few days is all metal based. No elastic, no cords, no strings. So the supplies you'll need will differ from those you need for stringy jewelry. I've included a '"shopping list" of what I use and then I'll walk through each item individually and explain exactly what each of them does. The list is broken up into two parts, tools and findings. Tools are the supplies you need to work the metal, and findings are all the different "parts" of the jewelry.
- Small needle nose pliers
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Head pins
- Eye pins
- Jump rings
- Ear wires
- Ear posts
Ok, you've got your three tools! There are a lot more that can be used and would probably make life a little easier, but so far I've been able to do everything I want to with just these three tools. Head on over to Michaels with a 40% off coupon!
Phew!! I know it seems like a lot, but you can buy starter kits that include all the findings you need for $10 or less. This will give you enough to practice with and make a few pieces. The tools also come in kits so you can get everything you need to make something for less than $20!
I am so excited to start creating jewelry with you!! Tomorrow we'll cover basic skills. See you then! :)