Today, we’ll go through some of the most typical blunders individuals make when they first start crafting jewellery. In our stores, we interact with a lot of new jewellery makers, and some of these solutions to the typical faults we find have proven to be really beneficial. I hope this post will assist you in avoiding these typical blunders and allowing you to enjoy your Beading & Jewelry Making creating even more!
If I didn’t cover your particular sort of jewellery manufacturing, feel free to ask more specific questions in the comments area below. Every week, we create new video tutorials, so I’m always interested in hearing about new methods we can help you all learn more about jewellery making. It’s actually not that difficult — one of the primary reasons I began my blog and YouTube channel was to let others know that producing jewellery can be enjoyable and simple. I adore this craft, and I’d like to share with you the techniques and suggestions that make it easier and more enjoyable.
MISTAKE #1: FAILING TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO WORK WITH A BEAD BOARD
First and foremost. We’d like to learn more about our bead board. Three channels encircle the board, allowing you to arrange your beads to create a design. These are labelled with numbers, and I believe that many individuals are unsure of what these numbers mean or what they allude to.
Let’s start with the facts. These figures do not correspond to the quantity of beads on your board. The term “outside” refers to the measurement in inches. The term “within” relates to the measurement of centimetres. As a result, most people in the United States are most familiar with inches. As a result, I always advise individuals to start with that outside group. This determines the length of your bracelet or necklace. That makes planning a lot easier because you know your design will be the proper length for the project you’re working on. It also aids in determining the amount of wire or rope to cut. As a result, it’s a breeze to deal with. However, I urge that jewellery makers maintain a tape measure on hand to double-check the length of their jewellery after it has been strung.
As you become more acquainted with using the numbers along the bead board, you may discover that you are paying more attention to the length and placement of the beads because those numbers and placement are more prominent in your memory. The bead board is an extremely useful tool for jewellery manufacturing.
Next, many people make the error of cutting their beads off the filament and placing them on their board. When you start stringing your beads onto wire or rope, this creates a lot more work than is necessary.
Because the beads are all loose, you must locate each one, pick it up one at a time, and string it onto the wire, each time determining where the hole is. Don’t get me wrong: there are definitely times when this is the best option. You might wish to break apart the twenty-five bead strand and utilise the beads in alternative patterns or motifs.
MISTAKE #2: THE HARD WAY OF STRINGING BEADS
However, if you’re stringing a complete line of the same bead, there’s an easier way to do it that allows you to get through them quickly. This technique can be done in a variety of ways, but the basic concept is to leave the beads on the temporary filament while stringing them onto your wire. So leave the beads on the filament and either peel them off one at a time or string them all at once onto the wire. Alternatively, you can just strand the bead stringing wire straight along the temporary filament. The beads will already be strung on your wire when you remove that filament. It’s so much quicker than picking up each bead one by one! This is one of my favourite beginner’s tips. It makes jewellery making much more pleasurable for me because I can get to my finished design much faster.
MISTAKE #3: FAILING TO INVEST IN GOOD WIRE
I understand that spending ten to twenty-five dollars on a spool of stringing wire seems excessive, especially after you’ve already invested in all those lovely beads. However, I cannot emphasise enough the importance of investing in high-quality stringing wire. Consider this: it’s the equivalent of constructing a gorgeous home without paying attention to the foundation. It may be tempting to look at some of those seven-strand wires at the craft store, but using a higher filament wire will pay off in the end for both your customers and you. A 19 strand and up, even a 49 strand, is a great stringing wire to utilise.
You don’t want to risk your necklace breaking and losing all of your lovely beads if the wire breaks. You want the necklace to last a long time. Please use stringing wire of the highest grade! I despise it when items fall apart and some of the beads are lost or destroyed due to poor wire quality.
MISTAKE #4: WHEN CRIMPING, PRESSING TOO HARD
While we’re on the subject of wire, we may also look at crimp beads. People frequently inquire about this, but I must admit that it remains the most perplexing to me. It’s a common misconception that squeezing a crimp bead with both hands, or squeezing it really, really hard, can make it hold better. When their crimping isn’t holding, a lot of folks will ask, “What am I doing wrong?”
Crimping and using the crimp beads and crimping wire should be rather simple. You should be able to apply firm pressure to the nylon on your wire and it should hold. If you’re having difficulties with it, use a twisted or fluted crimp tube, such as a tornado crimp, and flatten it with your flat nose pliers or chain nose pliers.
MISTAKE #5: BELIEVING THAT WRAPPING HEAD PINS IS HARD
Another common blunder is not experimenting with wrapped loops on head pins and chain joining. I understand how easy it is to either avoid it or become accustomed to something as basic as an open loop. But part of the reason I started my channel was because I noticed that people thought tying off a head pin was far more difficult than it actually was.
Many tutorials and guidelines out there instruct you to follow a five-step method, which might be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. And once you learn how to do that, it’s a pretty cool ability to have and it really takes your jewellery crafting to the next level. So don’t be frightened to try new things and believe that you can accomplish it. Just keep practising till you get it perfect.
MISTAKE #6: ALLOWING FEAR TO STOP YOU
Another prevalent occurrence I observe is people’s fear of not only tactics like wrapping loops, but fear in general. Negative self-talk might get in the way of crafting jewellery at times. I believe that all jewellery makers should avoid saying things to themselves like “I’m not creative enough” or “I don’t know how to put these beads together” or “I like to buy the beads and then never really know what to do with them once I get them home.” This is something that everyone goes through, but the good news is that jewellery manufacturing provides a simple answer to this problem.
The cool thing about jewellery making (and there are a lot of cool things about jewellery making, let’s be honest!) is that if I make something today and don’t like it tomorrow or a year from now, I can simply pull it apart and recreate it, losing just my wire.
How many crafts work in this manner, after all? This should put an end to your negative self-talk. In jewellery manufacturing, there is no way to fail because you can always start over. You can develop a design, think about it for a day, and then return to make changes. All of this is a natural aspect of the creative process. And, fortunately, jewellery creation allows us to be quite creative while also having fun with the process. Other crafts that require cutting or painting materials, such as sewing or painting, are more difficult to adapt.
So, don’t let those problems deter you from making jewellery!
I hope these pointers for avoiding some of the most common jewelry-making blunders are useful and inspire your creativity.