Jewelery Making Workshop - Week One

I've always wanted to learn to make my own jewelery. I tried beading before and managed to make a few necklaces which were ok but not great since I didn't really know what I was doing. I find it really hard to follow beading instructions from books and websites so I decided to do a course. I signed up for an eight week course of evening workshops in Beads and Bling in Temple Bar.

The course started last night with introduction to jewelery making. There's a group of eight of us. Our instructor is lovely and very patient with all the questions. We went through beads and findings and the tools.
Then we made ear rings which are amazingly simple to make. Once you get the hang of making the loops for the top then it's easy. I will now be making ear rings to go with everything.

Then we moved on to a necklace and I finally discovered how to put on the clasp properly. I chose an orange/yellow/brown colour scheme which worked out really well.

After this we made a bracelet. I made a simple enough bracelet that goes with the necklace and ear rings. It'll be a nice change to have some matching jewelery. The bracelet is finished with wireguards and a crimp guard so that it looks professional. It's pretty fiddly to do and one of my crimp guards was closed a bit off but it does make it look really well. You can see it in the photo below.

Here's the entire set.

And the glamour shot of the set.

Next week we're doing introduction to wirework. We saw some examples from this class and they look amazing so I'm really looking forward to it.

3 Responses to "Jewelery Making Workshop - Week One" (Leave A Comment)

Sinéad says
October 10, 2008 at 1:03 AM

Wow, gorgeous jewellry! For a first class? wow. The beads are yummy and I agree, if I was able to do that, I'd make matching jewellry for everything too!

Barry M says
October 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Very nice!

You'd love to meet my neighbour. She used to work in a jewellers, but she makes her own now based on beads, simply as a hobby. She has bozes and boxes of the things, and always seems to have some piece in construction. My son loves going in and playing with them. And they let him! :D

It looks theraputic too :)

Unknown says
November 5, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Welcome to the beading world. :)