Free Jewelry Making Projects and Tutorials to Inspire Your Handcrafted Jewelry

         
Alternative Metals Bracelet Projects Chain Maille Cold Connections Copyright for Jewelry
Electroforming Enameling Epoxy Clay Etching Jewelry Fall-inspired Jewelry
Gemstones Glass Bead Making Jewelry Business Jewelry Design Jewelry Supplies
Jewelry Techniques Lapidary Metal Clay Metalsmithing Metal Stamping
Micro Torch Mixed Media Necklace Patterns Pet Jewelry Polymer Clay
Recycled Jewelry Resin Ring Making Silver Jewelry Soldering
Spring Jewelry Steampunk Jewelry Stone Cutting Stone Setting Summer Jewelry
Vintage-inspired Jewelry Wedding Jewelry Wire Jewelry        

Alternative Metals

Alternative or "base metals" have been making their way into the world of jewelry for several years now. The popularity of brass jewelry has surely been helped by it being such a good alternative to gold jewelry. Brass is a favorite of mine, along with copper, because they are ideal for torch enameling. You'll learn just how easy they are to work with and create alternative metal jewelry with when you download Alternative Metal Jewelry: Free Guide and Projects for Bronze, Brass, and Copper Jewelry.

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Bracelet Projects

In our free bracelet-making eBook, you can learn how to make bracelets in three distinctive projects. Start with a simple introductory metalsmithing bracelet design with a little sparkle and move up to a more involved bracelet project that features mokumé gane and bezel setting--and top it all off with a playful cuff bracelet that relies on the jeweler's saw to bring out its beauty. And don't limit yourself to one or the other, make all three bracelet projects!

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Chain Maille

The experts at Jewelry Making Daily present this collection of chain maille jewelry instructions, plus bonus guide to help you learn the ins and outs of chainmaille. In jewelry making we often use jump rings to connect other parts, securing a clasp to a necklace or charms to a bracelet; but you can also make jewelry with nothing but jump rings, too. The jewelry making technique of chain maille combines jump rings to create chains, knots, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, and can be as simple or complex as you desire.

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Cold Connection Jewelry

Cold connections are hot, hot, hot! In the jewelry world, the term "cold connections" usually describes mechanical joining techniques that are used to fasten together parts that cannot be soldered (which is a "hot" connection). This doesn't mean, however, that cold connection jewelry is just an alternative for jewelry artists who don't want to use a torch. With this free eBook, you'll expand your knowledge of the various methods, hot or cold, when it comes to constructing jewelry.

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Copyright 101 for Jewelry Artists

How Much Do You Know About Copyright? Jewelry Making Daily and the staff at Interweave have released a free eBook Know Your Rights: Copyright 101 for Jewelry Artists to help raise awareness of the issues surrounding copyright and give credit to the talented writers, designers, artists, photographers, and innovators who work with us to share their products and ideas with our readers. This guide to the basics of copyright is for anyone and everyone: designers and makers, crafters, retailers, library staff, educators, and more.

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Electroforming

Electroforming (also called electroplating) lets you take organic objects and coat them with a layer of real metal allowing you to use complex, natural shapes in your metal jewelry without difficult fabrication. Anything you can find in nature can be incorporated in your jewelry: from delicate seed pods to acorns to sea shells. Join Denise Peck, editor of Step by Step Wire Jewelry and senior editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, in a free video tutorial on what you need to get started electroforming jewelry; the equipment and supplies for copper plating.

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Enameling

Enamel is one of the most versatile sources of pure, luscious color. Powdered glass can be applied with great precision onto a variety of jewelry metals, including silver, gold, and copper. What makes enameling so versatile is the ability to switch from a broad brush to adding minute details, making each and every piece truly unique. In addition to showing you how to enamel, you will also discover helpful tips and techniques from experts. Download your free eBook to begin your own enameling adventure today!

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Epoxy Clay Jewelry

Enamel is one of the most versatile sources of pure, luscious color. Powdered glass can be applied with great precision onto a variety of jewelry metals, including silver, gold, and copper. What makes enameling so versatile is the ability to switch from a broad brush to adding minute details, making each and every piece truly unique. In addition to showing you how to enamel, you will also discover helpful tips and techniques from experts. Download your free eBook to begin your own enameling adventure today!

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Etching Jewelry

In our free eBook, Learn to Make Etched Jewelry: Etching Process and Guide for Copper Etching and Other Metal Etching, you'll learn how to etch metal from start to finish in a complete metal-etching tutorial by master metalsmith Lexi Erickson. Once you've got the basic etching technique down, the sky's the limit in what you can create and the etched metal designs you can make. You'll learn just how beautiful your etched jewelry designs can be when you download this informative and illustrated tutorial.

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Fall-inspired Jewelry

Let your jewelry creations move with the seasons. As the leaves turn amber, it's time to take the tools out of the closet and take inspiration from this free ebook, which references earthy colours and textures. You'll work with metal clay, saw piercing, metal stamping, fabrication and more!

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Gemstones

These colored stones are prized not only for their colors but often for their fascinating natural patterns that make each cut stone unique. Although these intriguing gems are sometimes referred to by the old trade term "semi-precious stones," there is really nothing "semi" about their value at all. Celebrate the wonderful power of gemstones with the experts at Jewelry Making Daily in this free eBook full of gemstone information and you'll agree that many of these colored gems are more beautiful than the often recited big three: ruby, emerald, and sapphire.

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Glass Bead Making

Discover how to make glass beads that mimic the juicy, plump look of your favorite fruit with Cindy Martin's "Grapes of Glass." Or make your jewelry come alive with the colors of spring, with a birdhouse lampworked bead, complete with vines and vibrantly colored accents. Have you ever wondered how to get designs inside a bead? Follow along with Lauri Copeland for a step-by-step demonstration on lampworking flower designs into glass beads. Once you get started creating lampwork beads, there is no turning back from this addicting and exciting medium.

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Jewelry Business

Learn how to sell jewelry and improve your home-based jewelry business with expert tips from successful jewelry business owners in this free eBook. Selling jewelry should be enjoyable as well as profitable. Whether you want to start a jewelry business and need tips on how to price jewelry effectively and fairly, or have been selling jewelry for years, this free eBook is an essential guide. Make money selling handmade jewelry online with tips on maintaining a strong social media presence and harnessing the power of the Web to actively promote your jewelry selling business.

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Jewelry Design

Anyone can combine raw materials and jewelry-making techniques to create jewelry, but the ability to take an idea to paper and create a rendering of your envisioned piece takes you from jewelry maker to jewelry designer. Not sure where to start? Get the scoop on your basic drawing and design tools. Not sure what to sketch? Explore form and texture in metal in detail, and learn to take one of your ideas to create multiple variations of your design.

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Jewelry Making Techniques

Nothing is as rewarding as learning how to make your own jewelry and being able to wear it with pride or make it the most personal of gifts. Nothing expresses your own style and personality like a piece of original artisan jewelry that you designed and made yourself. You'll get jewelry making ideas for all of the DIY jewelry projects you've been eager to get your hands on. You'll find a surprisingly broad range of jewelry techniques, styles, materials, and finished pieces to get you started making your own metal jewelry or introduce you to new ways of approaching design.

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Jewelry Making Tools

Don’t know the difference between a bench block, a mandrel and an anvil? We’ll clue you in. When do you use a ball peen hammer, a planishing hammer, and a chasing hammer? We’ll let you know – and tell you why one pro calls a wellformed planishing hammer his favorite jewelry tool of all. You'll find this illustrated eBook a valuable reference if you're just venturing into jewelry metalsmithing, and full of interesting comments from established jewelers even if you're one yourself. From tips for setting up your jeweler's bench to selecting top of the line jewelry tools for forming, cutting, soldering, and finishing, this jewelry equipment guide has you covered.

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Jewelry Supplies Guide

Once you know about tools, find out about the wider world of general jewelry making supplies. From metals to torches , discover what you'll need for the techniques that suit your style the best. There's even a free project to work on so you can put your newfound knowledge to the test.

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Lapidary

A gemstone is the perfect medium for a jewelry artist to display color and light—not to mention what a fashion statement it can make. But good gemstones do not grow on trees. By definition, a gemstone is a stone that is beautiful, rare, and durable. For a lapidary jewelry artist, finding the perfect lapidary rough and figuring out the best rock cutting and polishing process is a whole adventure. The experts at Jewelry Making Daily are excited to introduce this free eBook, dedicated to the amazing lapidary experience, from hunting to cutting and setting gems.

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Metal Clay

In this fabulous e-book, 4 Free Metal Clay Jewelry Projects: Make Jewelry with Precious Metal Clay, Art Clay and Other Metal Clays, you will find three metal clay jewelry making projects that demonstrate how to combine different metal clays, how to work with metal clay and wire wrapping, how to make earrings, pins, and rings, and how to use silver, copper, bronze, and steel metal clays. You can make these projects just as shown, or apply what you learn from the illustrated step-by-step instructions to create stunning metal clay jewelry designs of your own.

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Metalsmithing

In this informative free metalsmithing instructional video, Jewelry Making Daily goldsmith Helen Driggs demonstrates working with some of the most basic jewelry making tools used in shaping metal into rings, bracelets, neckpieces and more. See how to form metal around a mandrel, how to use dapping punches with dapping blocks to create domed or hemispheric forms, and how to use those techniques to master the art of making metal jewelry.

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Metal Stamping

Whether you're new to metal stamping or just need stamping ideas, this free video tutorial is sure to teach you something. If you're stamping metal for the first time, you'll discover the importance of practice and proper positioning, as well as the essential metal stamping tools needed to get started. Metal stamping requires some hardware, but once you've acquired your stamping tools, they'll last you years. Once you've acquired the necessary metal stamping tools: metal stamps, hammers, a steel or aluminum block, and any other desired supplies, you're ready to begin! Helen explains the metal stamping process from selecting your custom stamps for unique designs to proper position and techniques for creating metal letter stamps.

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Micro Torch

Whether you're new to torch work or not, this free video tutorial is sure to teach you something. If you are using a micro torch for the first time, you'll discover how convenient this small, portable torch is. If you've never used any kind of torch, you'll learn how to get started with a micro torch plus discover the basics of annealing and fusing – and then you'll learn the simple technique of how to fuse wire links, too. Denise explains the entire process of fusing wire links, from how to form the links to why you want to be sure to create a straight edge. She also shows you how to fill the butane torch using a canister of butane fuel. Most micro torches have a burn time of about 30 minutes, so if starts to take noticeably longer to heat the wire links, refill the torch. Place the first of your wire links on the solderite board and light your butane micro torch.

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Mixed-Media Jewelry

Discover free mixed-media jewelry designs using simple techniques and fabulous materials to get you started creating jewelry pieces that are memorable, refreshing, and fun. Turn special items you've been saving as keepsakes into pieces of incredible art. This free eBook will show you what mixed media is all about, and we bet you fall in love. Follow step-by-step projects to learn how to use your creativity to make a personal statement through something you can wear. Create jewelry that means even more by transforming mementos into masterpieces with these tips and techniques.

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Necklace Making Patterns

Necklaces can surely be the most eye-catching and attention-grabbing pieces of jewelry. Merle White, Editorial Director of the Interweave Jewelry Group, says, "necklaces simply stand out: if you’re going to wear just one piece of jewelry that you want to be noticed, it’s probably going to be a necklace." You can learn to make three completely different pendants and necklaces in our free eBook, Make Pendant Necklaces: How to Make a Pendant and Other Necklace Designs, while also learning many metalsmithing techniques like soldering, dapping, metal stamping, bezel making, stone setting, and more.

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Pet Jewelry

If you love making jewelry and you love your furry little friend, you'll love these free projects for making jewelry for pets or pet-themed jewelry. Learn to make jewelry for pets, jewelry about your pets, and matching jewelry for you and your pet in our newest free eBook, 3 Projects and Fun Inspiration for Pet Jewelry. In it you'll get three complete step-by-step pet jewelry tutorials for all levels, featuring jewelry-making techniques like engraving, metal stamping, riveting and cold connections, wire wrapping, metal fabrication, and more.

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Polymer Clay

Inside this instructional eBook, you'll find projects that will show you how to take advantage of the painterly qualities of polymer clay to make a checkerboard pattern, a jellyroll pattern, and a graduated color blend. You'll find out how to decorate the surfaces of your polymer clay beads with textures and acrylic paints. Take charge of your own creations and create one-of-a-kind jewelry elements using silver + polymer clay. Making jewelry with versatile polymer clay opens up a world of creative possibilities using common tools and household equipment. With little more than a sharp knife, some sandpaper, a pasta machine, and a toaster oven, you can make polymer clay jewelry that is as bold or as delicate as you like.

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Recycled Jewelry

In this beautiful free eBook, How to Make Recycled Jewelry: Ideas and Projects for Creating Found Object Jewelry, you'll get three recycled jewelry step-by-step projects that will inspire you to dig through your stash (and maybe the trash...) with complete how-to instructions from their clever designers. Download your free eBook to get started making jewelry from found objects! In addition to these three fun and fabulous recycled jewelry projects, you'll get great tips like how to properly seal paper ephemera for use with resin (and get a very clear view of why), how to use craft paper punches with aluminum cans for jewelry making, and to use nickels for soldering supports.

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Resin Jewelry

Resin is a great way to protect and preserve delicate objects, such as fabric and paper, and keep them dry and safe from scratching or chipping. Embedding focal elements in resin opens up a world of possibilities for found object and memento resin jewelry. Each of the resin jewelry projects in this free eBook use a premade bezel, but if you are comfortable doing it, you can create your own bezels and other adaptations as needed. Create each project step by step, or use these resin jewelry ideas to design your own custom handmade resin jewelry. Download your free eBook to get started exploring resin jewelry making!

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Ring Making

Who doesn't love wearing and making rings? In the free eBook, Making a Ring: Jewelry Making Guide and Free Projects to Create Your Own Rings, you'll learn to make three distinct types of rings: wire-wrapped rings, simple stackable bands, and rings set with gemstones in bezels. There are three versatile jewelry-making ring projects and a handy chart for making metal rings.

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Silver Jewelry

Improve your skills as a jewelry-making silversmith while you create an outstanding silver pendant, ring, pin, and a bonus sterling silver findings project, an S-hook clasp. With silver sheet, silver jewelry findings, silversmithing tools, and basic silver jewelry supplies, you’ll be sure to hone your silversmithing skills as you re-create outstanding handmade silver jewelry. Improve your skills as a jewelry making silversmith when you download this free eBook.

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Soldering Jewelry

Whether you are experienced or new to making your own jewelry, this introductory eBook about silver soldering and soldering copper jewelry is full of essential basics you will use again and again throughout your jewelry-making lifetime. There are a wide variety of jewelry soldering supplies and tools to choose from. Soldering jewelry involves adhering one piece or part of metal to another. Solder and flux are used to securely adhere metal pieces to one another. Learn how to solder jewelry and improve your jewelry making skills with expert tips in this free eBook from the experts at Jewelry Making Daily. Soldering is a "gateway" jewelry making technique that will let you take your jewelry designs to a whole new level.

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Steampunk Jewelry

"What is Steampunk?", you ask. Steampunk gets its name from an era during which steam power was used, during the Victorian 1800s. It was a romantic time full of arts and beauty but also full of discovery and new technology, like the invention of steam power. In What Is Steampunk Design: 3 FREE Steampunk Projects Demonstrating How to Make Steampunk Jewelry, you’ll find inspiring ways to blend these Steampunk elements using many different jewelry-making techniques, including wire wrapping, cold connections, resin, and soldering.

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Spring Jewelry

Who doesn't love spring? Especially the flowers, a popular go-to motif for jewelry artisans of all types. If they're a favorite for you, too, you'll love our spring jewelry eBook, Jewelry for Spring: 3 Jewelry Designs Inspired by Spring Colors. And if you're not a fan of flowers, you can still learn a wide variety of techniques in these three free projects and then modify any of them to suit you. Download your free eBook to begin your own adventure in creating jewelry inspired by spring today!

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Stone Cutting

This free downloadable eBook can help you take your stone cutting skills to an entirely new level. You will learn how a piece of patterned stone containing ruby mixed with other materials progresses from gem rough to finished cabochon. Whether you intend to set a stone in jewelry or display it proudly on a shelf, and whether the lapidary rough is transparent to opaque, all the same or elaborately patterned, the first question to ask is: what’s the best way to cut this stone? All of the answers you need are here at your fingertips, thanks to Jewelry Making Daily. Download this free eBook now and learn five different approaches to gem cutting that will help you take advantage of all kinds of gemstones.

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Stone Setting

You'll find this detailed eBook a valuable reference if you're new to setting stones; and full of inspiration and new ideas even if you've already mastered the art of stone setting. From simple bezel setting to techniques for setting faceted stones and setting gemstones with unusual shapes, we have you covered. Once you’ve learned how to form and assemble metal to create the jewelry piece you’ve envisioned, the next jewelry making skill you need to master is stone setting. How do you add a faceted stone or cabochon gem to your designs? There are many ways to set stones, and each gem and the piece of jewelry it will be mounted in will present a unique fabrication challenge.

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Summer Jewelry

You can keep those beach vacation memories with you all summer long and learn to make summer-inspired jewelry in our free summer jewelry eBook, Jewelry for Summer: Jewelry Designs Inspired by Summer Colors. These three summery jewelry making projects show you how to capture the magic of the sun, the waves, and a riot of flowers using copper and silver; wire, sheet, and metal clay; and glass beads, pearls, and carved, cabbed, and faceted gemstones. If summertime is approaching, it must be time to create jewelry designs with summer-colored flowers and delicate greenery.

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Vintage Inspired Jewelry

For a simple start, intersperse curved bars of polished silver with sparkling drops of aventurine and goldstone to make a delicate necklace just right for an Edwardian neckline. Have a miniature corsage available for any occasion when you create a bouquet of silver flowers using wire wrapping and metal clay techniques for a handsome lapel pin. The perfect accessory to a sophisticated soirée is the dinner ring: make an openwork silver mount for a shimmering opal gem, and improve your soldering and stone setting skills at the same time. Whether you want to envelop yourself in the Belle Epoque or create a keepsake piece with personal mementoes, these lovely projects will show you how to make vintage style jewelry today.

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Wedding Jewelry

Each piece of wedding jewelry in our handmade wedding jewelry eBook can be customized to match any bride's color palette, and the designs are suitable for the bridesmaids, mother of the bride or groom, other special ladies in the wedding party, and even the bride herself. Get your copy of this tutorial and free handmade wedding jewelry projects just in time to create beautiful bridal jewelry to be cherished and remembered!

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Wire Jewelry Making

This free downloadable wire jewelry tutorial walks you through wire wrapping techniques and informative wire wrapping instructions that will have you making wire jewelry in no time. Whether you're a seasoned expert or new to wire jewelry patterns, this eBook is a timeless guide. Also included are complete material lists and the wire working tools you'll need to start your wire jewelry design. Download these 5 free wire jewelry projects to explore all these versatile techniques. This free eBook comes with complete step by step wire jewelry instructions as well as material and tool lists. Once you try these great wire jewelry designs, you’ll be hooked.

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