Sunday, 9 February 2014

Jewellery Making For Absolute Beginners

The London Jewellery School is a great organisation. Coming from a jewellery and teaching background I was delighted to find out recently that I have acquired part sponsorship from The London Jewellery School towards my visit to Brit Mums Live, the largest blogging conference in the UK. Consequently you will be seeing more posts about them in the near future. Today I am going to talk about a new venture of theirs.

Called Jewelry From Home, The London Jewellery School are bringing their jewellery making courses to people up and down the country. This is a great idea for those who are interested in making jewellery but don't live near London where they are based. The online video based courses are delivered by jewellery professionals in the comfort of your own home, and come with a lifetime access and downloadable course notes to support your learning. Information is also given on where to source the materials you need. 


Recently I tried their first course, which is free, called 'Jewelry Making For Absolute Beginners.' This is presented by Jessica Rose the young entrepreneur and director of The London Jewellery School. 

What I liked about the first video is that Jessica appears to have a natural teaching style. Her descriptions are very clear and the video angles are excellent to capture exactly the steps she goes through when making the jewellery. At certain stages it was also useful to have the important points highlighted on the screen to reinforce it.

 Jewelry Making For Absolute Beginners - A free course

The first part of the course takes you through what materials and equipment you need. I suggest you check this carefully, as my husband said we had everything we needed and then I had no round nose pliers.

Then onto making my first piece of jewellery!

The first pair of earrings were very easy to make. Jessica explains in simple terms how to cut the findings and put together your earrings.  I was pleasantly surprised how great they looked as well. Although I found creating the loops on the headpins a little tricky, these earrings are certainly an achievable project for the complete beginner. A key note is that practice makes perfect here.

Then I went onto making the three drop earrings. I have to admit, I did have problems again creating the loops, so they ended up as two drop earrings, but I think they are very effective still! Luckily my husband who used to repair jewellery showed me how to create the little loops. Again I think it is practice creating the perfect round loops with the round nose pliers. I put too much pressure on the wire, and bent it, so I have learnt my lesson there. 




Simple drop earrings and bracelet

The next section shows you how to make a bead bracelet. For this you need elastic type plastic twine and a selection of beads. I found this very therapeutic to make and enjoyed picking out the colours. That's the beauty of making your own jewellery, you can design the piece however you want, to go with an outfit or colour scheme. In the end I was pleased with my finished product although the twine I used wasn't the correct one I found out later. The beauty of making your own jewellery yourself however is that it is easy to change, I just snipped the twine, measured out the more stretchy one and made it again. 



My first bracelet

It's obvious here that there are some skills involved in making the jewellery, which at first can be time-consuming, but persevere as it is surprising how quickly your skills develop.

I'm now going to source some different beads to make my next project - a necklace.




Camera angles help show techniques required, highlighted text to reinforce points

So would I recommend the "Jewellery Making For Absolute Beginners" ? A resounding Yes! If you are new to the whole aspect of making jewellery, love crafting and making projects or are even someone who has made jewellery in the past, it is a simple easy to use video to take you through the steps of making your first pieces of jewellery. Best of all, the first one is FREE! All it takes is some basic materials, some pliers, time and your creativity.

What do you think of this course? Would you give it a go?


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  1. What a lovely idea. I used to make a lot of jewellery when younger to sell at craft fairs. It's really good fun! Obviously this is taking it to the next level, some lovely pieces.

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    1. Yes it is a great idea, I agree. You should have a go, after all the first course is free.

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  2. What a great idea....I've never thought about making my own jewellery...It looks so simple to do!!

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    1. Once you get used to the techniques I think it would be so easy to do.

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  3. Would love to do something like this they look fab .x

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  4. Interesting post, I used to make jewelry but haven't done it in a couple of years! still got loads of stuff stashed away I really should use! x

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    1. It sounds like you already have some materials, why don't you try the beginners course out?

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  5. This looks great! I can imagine it is a very relaxing thing to do but fiddly. You have made some lovely pieces though-I would not know you were a beginner from looking at the jewellary you made!

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    1. A little fiddly but look at the results :)

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  6. Lovely idea looks fiddly though, I would still like to try this though.

    Sophie
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    1. I think you will be surprised how much fun it is!

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  7. That looks great, I'd love to make my own jewellery one day.

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    1. To make something like these pieces, it doesn't cost a lot either.

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  8. Ooh looks interesting but not sure if I have the patience for it myself!

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    1. The first course is free so have a go, you haven't got anything to lose.

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  9. This sounds like a lovely thing to do. I wouldn't have time at the moment but I'll keep it in mind.

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    1. I do hope you will have a go when you have more time.

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  10. I think this is a fab idea, I have friends that would be interested in this.

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    1. Forward this page to them, as the first course is free they have nothing to lose :)

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  11. looks like a really fun thing to do with friends!

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    1. Yes they have a jewellery making course with your partner for Valentine's Day, but this isn't online.

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  12. I bet you are really pleased with your results, they look great!

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  13. I have always wanted to make my own jewellery! Might have to give this a try

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  14. I love the colours you have used. Like you say, the beauty of making your own is that you can design it however you want! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  15. What a great idea - I love that you can just watch the video in your own time.
    Thanks for linking up this week :)
    #TriedTested

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    1. Yes it's easy to have a go in your home own.

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  16. Looks brilliant. I love learning new skills and video seems like a great way to start with something like this.

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