National Craft Month: Pass on Your Passion with Jewelry Making Daily and Other Interweave Craft Communities

8 Mar 2012

March is National Craft Month!


All of us at Jewelry Making Daily, Beading Daily, and other Interweave craft communities Cloth Paper Scissors Today, Knitting Daily, and Crochet Me are committed to "passing on our passion" for crafts by teaching a friend (or two or three . . . ) to create jewelry, accessories, art, or any other creative hobby that suits our fancy during National Craft Month throughout March. There's a lot of talent (and FUN!) in the website editors, magazine editors, book authors, and other designers who are active in these communities, and we want to share our love of crafts by sharing all that fun and know-how with potential crafters everywhere.

I've been doing all kinds of crafts since I was a little girl, and professionally since the mid 1990s. In addition to making jewelry (through wirework, silversmithing and soldering, metal clay, metal stamping, enameling, mixed-media, stone setting, and more), I also love scrapbooking, making cards and other paper crafts, doing mixed-media art, and knitting. So for National Craft Month, I'm teaching one friend how to knit, one basic metalsmithing and electroforming, and another how to use resin in her art and jewelry designs. Plus I love teaching all of you how to make jewelry all year long!

A winner has been chosen and listed in the comments below! Thanks to everyone who entered!


How will you Pass on Your Passion?

Who are you planning to teach to make handcrafted jewelry or another creative hobby during March? Tell us how you are passing on your passion during National Craft Month! Simply comment on this post for your chance to win a copy of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords and Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication DVD (one for you and one for you to give your friend!).

We'll randomly choose one lucky winner from all the comments at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, March 23, so comment before then for your chance to win. This giveaway sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico), and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec); 18 years old or older at the time of entry. Click here to read the official rules.

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Phirestorm wrote
on 8 Mar 2012 6:56 PM

My goal for March is to teach myself to take better pictures of larger-scale jewelry such as necklaces.  And to finish my light table for translucent Amber photos.  My biggest student is myself right now.  Kids are too busy and the Grandies too small.

lamoney36 wrote
on 9 Mar 2012 4:57 AM

I'm teaching jewelry making to a very mature 8 year old friend.  She's already sold 2 pairs of earrings at Houston Roddeo!

on 9 Mar 2012 2:03 PM

I am fascinated with making chain and am exploring new ways to do so. I'm trying to fuse fine silver links and clean up some jumprings so they close tightly. I love making chain as an integral part of my design for necklaces and bracelets and then small it down for dangly earrrings. I'm learning soldering and wire weaving. I just love wire and metal. Next on my list exploring metal forming especially anticlastic and synclastic techniques.

Mitzi916 wrote
on 12 Mar 2012 3:43 PM

I became PMC Guild/ Rio Grande Certified last year and hope to begin teaching and starting a Metal Clay Guild in my area in MD suburbs of DC.  I have a very small home studio but I could teach 4 or 5 students at a time.  But health issues have slowed down my dream. So right now I'm reorganizing the studio and creating jewelry for an upcoming show in PA end of March.  I love Metal Clay, Wire wrapping, beadwork and learning traditional metalsmithing techniques.  If one stops learning, there is nothing left to teach.

on 12 Mar 2012 6:47 PM

For me this month is full of classes be it me learning something new or passing on what i know. Also  I'm  preparing for our local bead and gem shows. I just have so much to do and not enough waking hours to do it in.

Frostfire2 wrote
on 12 Mar 2012 8:40 PM

I pass on my passion for handcrafted works by doing them in public as much as possible! I demonstrate chainmaille while I'm at art festivals, and lately I usually have some knitting with me.

JaneR@37 wrote
on 13 Mar 2012 10:12 AM

I love to share my passion for crafting. I've taught crochet, knitting and jewelry making. And i always love to try something new.

yebo1996 wrote
on 13 Mar 2012 12:45 PM

sometimes being a little selfish is ok...thats why march is about me and learning to be brave and taking the next steps towards getting my craft out into the doing so i can hopefully pass on my passion to others thru the joy i get from creating thru metals and glass. also every time i join my friends in the studio we learn from one another thru constructive criticism and the sharing of ideas and techniques.

thank you for this opportunity and i hope each of you learn and teach wonderful things all march long and into the year!!!

Robin L wrote
on 13 Mar 2012 3:16 PM

Hi Jewelry making friends.  I am sharing my love of creating jewelry by teaching classes at Michael's.  When ever I am in the store, there is someone who asks a question that allows me to share my passion with them.  I am also supporting my favorite stores by purchasing more beads and supplies.  (You can never have enough, right?)

on 14 Mar 2012 4:38 PM

I'm planning on helping my sister. She has just started taking an interest in beading and Kumihimo, so I've gotten her some tools and will be passing on this great site for some ebooks and tips.  But the books would be great to help her along.

dlayher wrote
on 19 Mar 2012 7:32 PM

I love passing on my knowledge of jewellery making.  I am a teacher and I've taught seminars at the high school on making jewellery - what's best is they have a piece they've made to take home with them. They have such amazing ideas, I love to watch them create with the techniques I've taught them.

darkdanc3r wrote
on 19 Mar 2012 8:00 PM

We have a local Renaissance festival, Pirate Fest, and Wild West Day here in Columbia, Mo. A close friend of mine is in charge of the children's area, and I recently offered to help. At every festival that I can attend, I'll get to teach children of all ages how to make simple beaded jewelry and decorations. I'm already planning what to teach at the Wild West Day later this month; 'Beadie Buddies' made with candy necklace beads instead of pony beads, and braided friendship bracelets. Simple things for the festival, but hopefully I can teach a new generation to enjoy jewelry making.

Beth@309 wrote
on 19 Mar 2012 9:22 PM

At this time I have to learn to make due with the supplies and tools that I already have since I am unemployed at the present time and making and selling my jewelry is not my full-time job (nor do I ever really want it to be because its more of a hobby and I don't think it would be any fun anymore if my livelihood depended upon it).  I have quite a stash of odds and ends beads and wire and other stuff and clay that I work with such as polymer clay and even air dry clay that I sometimes use and my challenge for myself is to work with what I have and try to figure out new ways of doing things and new techniques of using my tools--my pliers and my hammers and such.  A lot of the time when I am working on my jewelry anyway I'm not sure what I'm going to make until I sit down and root through my supplies anyway and now I just have to make due with things that I may have forgotten that I had or things that I may have bought because I thought it would work at one point or another and it didn't .   Kind of a "Think Green" approach of using what is available in new or exciting ways.

drdennypsyc wrote
on 19 Mar 2012 9:28 PM

After reading some comments below I have decided to put Mitzi916 on my prayer list & hope that God sees healing for her through-out the rest of March. I also have to remember that sometimes others need to be before myself & I need to beware of that & not be putting "me" first all the time.  "He who comes in first place at a race, is not the only winner.".  

I have several friends that want to learn jewelry making & I've decided to get just a little better at wire wrapping before I start teaching anyone.  I hadn't really thought of teaching anyone jewelry making until this contest came up & now I know it's a great idea & a great way to get out of "myself" too so others can benefit besides me.

Thank you all for your wonderful comments.   Dennis McFarland, Winslow, AZ

on 19 Mar 2012 10:54 PM

My passion has always been metalsmithing/jewelry making and I absolutely love teaching the craft to others.  I teach at the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  My goal, through creativity and enthusiasm, is to instill that passion in my students.  The possiblilites of all the techniques and processes are endless.  My only regret is that there isn't enough time to teach everyone everything!  It is wonderful to share a student's joy when they have finished their first piece and are beaming with pride as they tell someone, "I made this!"

lv2creat4 wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 12:20 AM

Our grandchildren and I love making bracelets with beads, and swarvoski pieces, and have made a few of the block letter bracelets with friends names.  They are always so proud to give them for birthday presents, etc.

Sparklygram2 wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 1:03 AM

I'm learning new techniques and trying to be more original in my pieces.  I LOVE making jewelry and sharing it with friends and family.  I've gotten my cousin and a sister hooked and it's so wonderful seeing them get excited too!

When traveling, I check online for shops/stores near the zip code and that is really a two-fold treat, exploring and then incorporating my "finds" into a beautiful piece.

Jo annK2 wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 6:16 AM

Passing on my passion has been my greatest accomplishment. When it comes to crafts I have always refer to myself as jack of all trades master of nothing. I started crafting when I was old enough to get into my sister paints. I have a degree in art but I am a nurse by profession. I volunteer as a jewelry teacher for 14 seniors every week at our neighborhood community center. My youngest is 92 and my oldest is 67. Some of them are stroke survivors and have some cognitive impairment so we have a few challenges. They mainly bead and do some metal and wire work. I feel my seniors are never to old to learn new crafts so I am always looking for different things to teach them. They call themselves the Pacifica Senior Beadazzlers. Some of them have even sold some of their lovely pieces at the community craft fair. Kinko my 92 year old told me it is nice to know I can work again.

JoAnn Kidwell

BeckyC. wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 6:17 AM

I am writing a tutorial on joining various chainmaille weaves into (finger) rings.  The weaves included are: Byzantine, Half-Persian 4-in-1,  simple Spiral, Japanese 12-in-2, and Euro 4-in-1.

Becky Campion

Cary, NC

judyklarson wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 6:36 AM

I can tell you from 40 years of teaching that passing on what you know helps you grow as a person and an artist.  How wonderful it is to have students come back years later to let you know how much you impacted their lives!

VJBowen wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 8:28 AM

Jewelry Making Daily is the one place that I am constantly checking out for inspiration and innovation.  I am adding to my jewelry making skills with every email and downloadable books.  Interweave has become my door to opportunity.  Thank you.

salla2 wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 9:15 AM

This month I bought my niece a Kumihimo kit. I plan to teach her how to braid with beads!

AntNance wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 9:55 AM

My enthusiasm for mixed-media beading has spread to my friends and community, but my favorite "share" is with my daughter. I recently purchased a large lot of paper beads from Africa; the proceeds of the sale go to help the women that made them. My daughter is helping me turn them into jewelry which we are selling at a craft fair at church to raise money for an orphanage in Swaziland, Africa. She thinks that matching up all the beautiful beads to find pairs for earrings is like touching a rainbow. And I get to spend some special time with my daughter. It's an all-around win win situation!

Shella@4 wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 11:03 AM

I have 2 people in mind to staart teaching this month. One is my grandaughter.

she is anxious to learn how to make polymer clay jewelry. yesterday I showed her how to make a mold for a pendant she wants from amazing mold putty.

Tomorrow we will make and bake the pendant.

The other person is a young girl who was recebtly  homeless and she and her Mom have been helped by our church. I want to teach her a skill she can use to make some extra money by making and selling jewelry to her friends at school. I have been a crafter for years and have an overflowing closet of supplies we can put to good use.

on 20 Mar 2012 11:36 AM

Thank you for all the information! It's wonderful to see other's work and helpful hints.

Great inspirations!

DCogsdil wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 11:54 AM

Just started making jewelry.....I want my jewelry to be durable.  I hate it when you buy something and it falls apart the next day.  Love your website.  toodles debs

HerasHive wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 11:59 AM

I'm excited to pass on my passion of jewelry making to my husband.  He was fiddling around with a packet of my jump rings and made a beautiful chainmaile bracelet - now he's hooked.  I bought him a jump ring maker and I've cleared a space in my studio for his work.  I couldn't be more proud.

HerasHive wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 12:00 PM

I'm excited to pass on my passion of jewelry making to my husband.  He was fiddling around with a packet of my jump rings and made a beautiful chainmaile bracelet - now he's hooked.  I bought him a jump ring maker and I've cleared a space in my studio for his work.  I couldn't be more proud.

on 20 Mar 2012 12:03 PM

I have passed on my love for jewelry making and crafts to my new niece.  My brother recently remarried a beautiful young lady with two wonderful kids, one boy and one girl.  Phillip was mesmerized by my mom's quilting she was doing one evening that he stayed the night with Grandma and Grandpa. Brittany is a teenage who wants to let her style shine through our jewelry sessions.  I recently got us some headbands so we could make our own fascinator accessories.  For Christmas, I got her a mail order create a craft and she runs to the mailbox each day to check and see if her new kit has come in.  I hope to win because that would allow me to help them as well as my 4-Hers learn more about the traditional cottage industries.  

on 20 Mar 2012 12:07 PM

I'm teaching my daughters. One is well on her way already. Thanks for these great pages of inspiration. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks Bonnie

earthlyspun wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 12:13 PM

I pass on MY PASSION by donating my time and skills at local events.  I set up tables of  "make your own bracelets".  I receive lots of happy faces from kids as well as "the big kids".  I will soon be teaching at a camp, and I believe I could utilize the techniques in the books that you are giving away!  

on 20 Mar 2012 12:28 PM

Jewelry making as wearable art - who could ask for more?

on 20 Mar 2012 12:48 PM

The e-articles that are coming through Jewelry Making daily are awakening a creative swirl of energy in me that I am putting into action. So I want to thank you for that. Thank you thank you...

adanger wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 1:02 PM

I'll be teaching my daughter jewelry making.  I've been doing it for a few years now, and she's been showing an interest in learning to make her own.  Also, it'll be good for her to do, theraputically speaking, after suffering a traumatic brain injury 2 years ago.  Anything creative she can do with her hands is great therapy!

on 20 Mar 2012 1:36 PM

I am going to have my daughter over next week to do a bunch of crafts that I LOVE. One is jewelry making. She loves jewelry, and usually just buys it. But she will love it even more if she makes it herself. I have some supplies, so we are going to use them. She just graduated from college in June, and said she wants to take up some crafting hobbies. YEA!

poetmurf wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 1:37 PM

Would love to share my recycled denim beads with the world.

Peggylozny wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 2:10 PM

Taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather, I was able to teach a private glass bead-making lesson in my unheated studio this month. And the warm weather continues. . .

Anyone in the Chicago/Northeast IN area, who wants to learn the fiery art of making glass beads may contact me though Facebook. I have special National Craft Month specials through the end of March -- and National Art Glass Month specials next month!

w_nlambert wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 2:21 PM

I just got back from my dentist and one of her assistants and I chat about our projects. We have both decided to take wire wrapping classes together- we've dabbled but we want to get better. Looking forward to it.

PamF wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 2:57 PM

we share all types of ideas and techniques at my guild's project days.  It is the best way to learn-hands on.

Amique wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 4:12 PM

I helped teach another woman to make basic wire worked earrings at a workshop at the local library this past Friday.  It felt great...considering I thought I would never move out of  student mode.

Robin L wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 4:21 PM

Reading certainly helps get the energy flowing.  I teach classes, and love to talk about making jewelry to anyone who expresses interest.

kattfive wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 9:04 PM

I love teaching myself new techniques.  I hope to pass this interest on to my daughter or one of my neices but they are young and their interest has not surfaced yet.  Mine did not until I was older either.  I love the look of the Bohemian Inspired book.  I would love to get a copy of that book.  Thanks for the chance.

Ce53 wrote
on 20 Mar 2012 10:14 PM

I'm teaching a friend how to bead and make other jewelry.

krazy.mate wrote
on 21 Mar 2012 5:04 PM

I have some mental illness issues, but I am fortunate to have artistic talents. i am currently trying to set up two online businesses. one for crocheting and one for jewelry.  I have taught myself how to make beads using polymer clay.  I am currently sharing my knowledge with a social group for mental illness.  We are learning together.  I am interested in other aspects of jewelry making including metal clay, wire sculpting, cutting my own gemstones, and learning more about metal working. The internet is a wonderful tool for everyone to learn.  

on 21 Mar 2012 8:16 PM

my goal is to open my own store, i love to make jewelry. want to learn other techniques diferent textures love your website...

on 22 Mar 2012 7:52 PM

My friend would like to make pixie dust necklaces for her daughter's upcoming 5th birthday party. The theme is fairy princesses. She asked me if I would mind helping her out as she has never made jewelry before. I was giddy with excitement when I read her e-mail as I love to share my passion of jewelry design with other people. I researched and gathered the supplies for her and we will be getting together to make the necklaces. They will be simple enough for a beginner but complex enough that she will be learning a new craft skill! I also mentioned to her that in a few years she should have a jewelry making themed birthday party for her daughter. I told her I would be happy to help her teach the girls how to make bracelets!

TammyJones wrote
on 23 Mar 2012 1:37 PM

Thank you all for your comments! I've enjoyed hearing how you're "passing on your passion" for jewelry making and crafting. A winner has been chosen and notified; chose number 17, which means comment #17 by lv2creat4 is our winner. Congratulations and thank you all again for commenting and sharing your crafty talents! Happy Craft Month!


TammyJones wrote
on 2 Apr 2012 5:47 PM

Hi again, everyone! Unfortunately I didn't hear back from our first winner, so we've chosen a new winner. chose number 14 this time, which means comment #14 by Beth@309 is our winner. Congratulations again and thank you all again for commenting and sharing your crafty talents!