“We know the drill, you’d be a jewelry maker if only you had the time and the know how. Instead, you just watch others make really cool looking pieces while you sit idly by, maybe wasting away your life behind the desk of some corporation you hate, or watching netflix every night wishing you could do something productive with your life. Well, it’s time you take the reigns of your meaningless little life and inject some hot blooded meaning into it. You say you’ve wanted to make jewelry? Well make some gosh darn jewelry.
First, you need the tools. You can’t make jack squat without the tools. So think about what you really need. You’ll want some pliers for sure. You also will need a way to flatten metal, and to work with various types of metals to make the rings or the links on a chain. You can buy chains of course, but it’s also cool to fashion them yourself. You will also want a wire crimping tool so that you can make the best possible base for your jewelry. You can have all the cool ideas and materials in the world, but if you don’t have the right equipment, you’ll be wasting your time, and mine! You can get most of the things you need at The DIY Outlet.
Next you need the inspirado, as they say. Sure, maybe you already have a million ideas of what aesthetic you want in your work. If so, that’s great. If not, start looking around. You should look at the types of pieces others are wearing, and if anything catches your fancy as being particularly neat and cool, take note. Also look around to see if there are any disposable things that people just throw away that could be turned into legit art pieces. For example, there’s a woman who makes earrings and necklaces out of old bottle caps. She decorates them, but the basis for the earrings are simply bottle caps, which can be had for free at any watering hole. Think about the money saved on the base material for her earrings. You should come up with something cool like that too.
Then, you need to be disciplined about creating your work. Once you’ve got a good steady work flow going, it’s time to tell people about your work. Don’t let it out on facebook before you’re ready to move units. The last thing you want is for someone to be interested in your work and not be able to buy it. So resist the urge to post that you’re going to start making jewelry, and wait til you actually do, and have some stuff for people to buy. Getting an audience is difficult enough as it is, but if you waste that initial excitement that someone might have on just finding out that you have something in the works, you’ll be wasting their time, and mine!”