Well, you don't have to be a professional to make fancy jewelry. There are some real jewelry making techniques you can learn, and they are pretty easy. Plus, there are many beautiful jewelry creations you can make without using any special techniques.
One of the more popular jewelry crafts these days, especially amongst kids, is hemp jewelry. To make this jewelry, you use macrame techniques and create your masterpieces using knots. If you have ever made a friendship bracelet, you might have already used some of these techniques.
It isn't as hard as it might seem by looking at the finished product; my 8 year old son has made them without much trouble. If you want to try it for yourself, here are a few ideas to get you started:
Try making one of these Friendship Bracelets.
Of course, one of the first things that pops in mind when I think about jewelry is beads. Aren't they just the most fascinating things, with the variety of shapes and colors you have to choose from. I have always loved beads and found many ways to use them in crafts, including making jewelry.
There are many different kinds of beads to choose from. One of my favorites is beads that are made out of semi-precious stones. Here is an easy project I have made with my kids using these sort of beads: Stone Bead Necklace.
Here are a few more ideas using beads:
If you really want to be creative and start from scratch, you can begin your jewelry making project by making your own beads.
Of course, one of the most obvious things to use to create beads is clay. There are many different kids of clay to choose from; you can go all out and use a polymer clay that they sell at craft stores, or you can even make your own clay.
Or how about noodles? This is a great idea for young kids who want to make their own jewelry. Any noodle with a hole will work and it is very easy to color and string the noodles to make your own fashionable jewelry.
You can also easily make beads out of...
Jewelry from Other Supplies
One of the funnest things about crafts is being creative. To make jewelry, you can use just about anything.
- Phone Jacks
- Potato Chip Bags
Can you think of more unusual items you can make jewelry out of?
Of course, this article just touches on a few basic ways to make jewelry. If you want to learn even more about jewelry making, take some time to visit Tammy at the About.com Jewelry Making Site.