Jewelry Class


5 Lessons

8,849 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Learn to make your first DIY jewelry projects with beads, wire, and sheet metal in this introductory jewelry class! We’ll cover the basic techniques, tools, and materials you’ll need, and walk you through four easy projects, step-by-step. Each lesson builds your dexterity and confidence: You’ll start by stringing beads to create a wrap bracelet, then get started with metal by using pliers to wrap wire. You’ll advance to piercing sheets of precious metals to create any shape you like, and finish up with torch soldering and shaping a silver ring. I hope you'll come make some jewelry with me!

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If you've used the skills you've learned in this class to write a great instructable, try entering it in one of our Contests, like the Metal Contest for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

Class Author:bekathwia

Becky Stern has authored hundreds of tutorials in everything from wearable electronics to knitting. Before joining Instructables as a content creator, Becky worked as a senior video producer for MAKE Magazine and then as the director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. She lives in New York City and enjoys riding her motorcycle, making YouTube videos, and collecting new hobbies. Her work has been featured by VICE, the BBC, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Engadget, CNN, Business Insider, Forbes, and Science Friday.


Lesson 1: Tools, Materials, and What You'll Learn

Find a detailed breakdown of everything you'll need to complete the lessons, from bead cord to fireproof bricks, and learn more about the specialty tools used to make jewelry.

Lesson 2: Beads

Start your jewelry journey with a basic wrap bracelet made from leather cord and your favorite beads. Building this fun and fast project with a beading needle will build your hand-eye coordination!

Lesson 3: Wire

Practice the basics of shaping and wrapping wire with pliers, and create a pair of beaded earrings along the way. You'll learn to create loops, use a chasing hammer and bench block, and attach jump rings.

Lesson 4: Piercing Sheet Metal

Cut sheet metal with a jeweler's saw in any shape you choose to create a pendant or keychain. Refine the shape with needle files, then use various grits of sandpaper to create a smooth surface. Optionally polish your shape with a rotary tool.

Lesson 5: Torch Soldering & Going Further

Learn to create seamless silver rings with a butane torch and a few other specialty tools. Then get some inspiration for more jewelry projects to try with your new skills!

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!