Jewelry making is an old craft that has been in existence since ancient times. Many centuries ago men and women both liked to adorn themselves with jewelry items. Good jewelry is usually crafted with hand because of its intricate work that cannot be done by machines. But nowadays jewelry molds and designs are also produced with the help of machines and jewelry making tools.
Jewelry making is a great hobby for those who have a natural creative bent of mind towards art, craft and fashion designing. If pursued professionally, jewelry making can also be an excellent career option for those who wish to make it a source of income.
Jewelry can be produced using any small items, whether natural or synthetic, such as pearls, beads, metals, gemstones, crystals, wires, chains and ribbons. It requires a lot of patience and hard work to make a good piece of jewelry with hand. Such jewelry that does not require any use of machines or tools is known as handicraft jewelry. It is popular all over the world, and is mainly produced in those countries that have a tradition of making handicraft goods and exporting them to the western markets.
One does not need to be a professional expert to make fancy jewelry. All you need is your creativity, and some basic jewelry making techniques, and few ordinary materials that are easily available in the stores for making jewelry. Here are some tips on making different types of fancy jewelry that are popular nowadays:
HEMP JEWELRY: This is a trendy jewelry among kids and teenagers nowadays. You can create your own styles and designs using macramé techniques that involve making knots. Hand-made friendship bracelets are a great example of a popular item that can be made with this technique.
BEADED JEWELRY: One of the oldest crafts is jewelry with beads. Beads can be simple and cheap but beautiful and in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Or, they can be precious or semi-precious to create expensive jewelry. Beads can be used to make necklaces, strings, bracelets and earrings.
WIRE JEWELRY: Silver wire can be used in a variety of ways to create beautiful jewelry. Some of the techniques commonly used for creating jewelry with wires are coiling, chain mail jewelry, adding pearls and beads to wire, braiding, knitting and crocheting with silver wires.
ANTIQUE METAL JEWELRY: Antique metal jewelry that was popular in the Victorian era is back in fashion all over the world. It is possible to oxidize sterling silver to create an antique effect on the metal and create wonderful antique jewelry from it. There are several techniques to do oxidization on the metal. Even homemade tricks such as using a boiled egg's yolk to oxidize sterling silver work very well as a hobby because the sulfur present in the egg yolk reacts with the metal to give it an oxidized effect.
SUMMARY: Jewelry making is great hobby for anyone who enjoys creating new designs and patterns for fashionable wear. Jewelry making can also be pursued as a profession if one takes proper training and makes use of precision machines and tools.