Right! Now you have your starter kit and any additional materials and tools that you might want… time to crack on!
How it usually happens in my world:
Stage 1 – “I love making new pieces and can create anything I want!”
Stage 2 – “I’m SO OVERWHELMED and I never ever ever want anything to do with jewellery making EVER again!”
Stage 3 – “Woossaaaaaa. Let’s regain control. I’ve got this!”
Let’s try to skip stage 2 and break things down a little. If you have no clue what you want to do to start with, you can, based on your materials, look around to get some ideas or, as I usually prefer, you can switch it around and do a bit of research first to then incorporate your materials.
Check local libraries for books on jewellery making, use Pinterest to look for tutorials or visit some shops for ideas. Let’s focus on some online suggestions:
Blogs: just as this one, there are many blogs out there with tutorials and ideas. Hobbycraft (of course) have some ideas of their own they want to share (take a look here).
Google: yes, our lovely friend Google had to be here! Not only it can direct you to specific tutorials or just images of something you will know how to replicate with your own touch, but it can actually give you numerous official websites with classes, tutorials and much more. Many of these websites actually belong to suppliers who you can buy materials from. Personally, I quite like PandaHall. I bought from them in a Jewellery Fair in 2013 and started following their work online. Not only they sell many nice findings, beads, etc., they also have quite interesting tutorials. Beadaholique also has a great range of ideas!!
Videos: if you’re a fan of video tutorials then Youtube really can get you started. Just like Pinterest, you can tailor the search to exactly what you need or just look around and browse. Also, with all the research I did back when I started, I found a very cool website with a huge number of classes with techniques that originate beautiful pieces – Beaducation.
From experience, I can tell you that with some new techniques and certain pieces, it can all get a bit frustrating. If needed, put this piece to the side and make something you’re more confident with instead, but don’t hesitate to come back to it later. You’d be surprised how much a technique can improve when you try it over and over… and over… and over… and over again! Practice makes (less and less imperfect im-) perfection!