Jewelry Making Ideas, Tutorials & Projects to Download

Jewelry Making Projects

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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 homemade cuff bracelet made with a jeweler’s saw.

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Chain Maille

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 necklaces 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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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.

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Fall Jewelry

Fall, autumn, or pre-fall: whatever you prefer, the season (and in the case of pre-fall, seasonlet) is among fashion’s most important no matter where you are in the world. There’s no denying the appeal of cosy knitwear and androgynous heavy coats. With this tutorial, you can make your own jewelry to go with the season. What’s more stylish than something completely yours?

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Recycled Jewelry

In this free jewelry tutorial, you’ll get three recycled 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. In addition to these three fun and fabulous recycling 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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How to Make Earrings at Home

Learn how to make drop earrings, hoop earrings and earring hooks with wire in this free jewelry download. Homemade earring designs have never been more straightforward than these instructions. Give it a go and you’ll find you have a new skill to make earrings as gifts or for yourself.

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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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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.

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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. Here 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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Mixed-Media Jewelry

Discover free wearable mixed-media 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.

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Necklace Making Patterns

Necklaces can surely be the most eye-catching and attention-grabbing pieces of jewelry. Merle White, an Editorial Director at Interweave 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 while also learning many metalsmithing techniques.

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Pet Jewelry

If you love crafting 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, about your pets, and matching pieces for you and your pet in our free eBook. In it you’ll get three complete step-by-step tutorials for all levels, featuring techniques like engraving, metal stamping, riveting and cold connections, wire wrapping, metal fabrication, and more.

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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.

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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 tutorial. 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.

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Vintage Inspired Jewelry

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 in our 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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Winter Jewelry

These winter-inspired jewelry designs make perfect Christmas gifts or holiday decorations. You’ll develop your skills in chainmail, fusing, bezel making and wire wrapping. Make earrings, necklaces or ornaments with these free tutorials ready to download and print. Great beginner jewelry making project!

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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.

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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.

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Metalsmithing Technique Tutorials

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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.

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Etching Jewelry

In our free eBook, 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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Cold Connection Jewelry

In the craft 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 is just an alternative for 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 necklaces.

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DIY Jewelry

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.

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How to Make Metal Jewelry

Use this free download to learn all the metalsmithing basics ever jeweler should know, including how to saw metal and how to file jewelry. It also includes an exercise to put your newfound skills to work.

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Metal Stamping

In this collection, we offer three projects to encourage you to grab a hammer, a few stamps, and some metal, and give metal stamping a whirl.

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How to Use a Micro Torch

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.

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Silversmithing 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.

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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. Solder and flux are used to securely adhere metal pieces to one another.

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Electroforming Jewelry

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at taking natural shapes like raw crystals or flowers and turning them into jewelry, then you’ll want to be learning how to electroform jewelry. This free video to download will teach you all the basics so you’re ready to get started.

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Jewelry Marketing & Theory

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US Jewelry Copyright Law

The staff at Interweave have released a free eBook Know Your Rights 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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Jewelry Business

Learn how to sell jewelry and improve your home-based jewelry business with expert tips from successful business owners in this free eBook. 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 techniques to create unique pieces, but the ability to take an idea to paper and create a rendering of your envisioned piece takes you from jewelrymaker to designer. Not sure where to start? Get the scoop on your basic drawing and design tools. 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 Dictionary

Every craft has its own set of complicated jargon, and making shiny trinkets is no exception. If you’ve ever struggled to understand a pattern or tutorial, or you simply want to know exactly what you’re acquiring at the craft store, then you’ll want to have this by your side. This is one ebook no crafter should go without!

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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. 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 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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Gemstone Jewelry

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Semi-Precious Stone Projects

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 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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Lapidary 101

A gemstone is the perfect medium for an 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.

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Stone Cutting

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.

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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.

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Clay Jewelry Making

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Epoxy Clay Jewelry

Epoxy jewelry is growing in popularity because it’s just so easy to make. It’s super-adhesive and a great way to incorporate cheap gemstones and crystals into your designs if you don’t know how to set stones yet. It’s also a good transitioning jewelry project for kids who are beginning to try more advanced jewelry making techniques.

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Polymer Clay

You’ll find out how to decorate the surfaces of your polymer clay beads with textures and acrylic paints. Making beads 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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Metal Clay

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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