Aspiring jewelry artists are finding out assembling bead jewelry from jewelry kits is lots of fun and one way to learn how to make hand crafted jewelry. It is one of the easiest ways for a beginning jewelry artisan to produce actual products without a lot of waste in materials. In fact, many kits will include a few extra materials just in case you loose a few as you are assembling. You not only learn with hands on experience how to hand craft jewelry, you also learn what beads and jewelry components are available for your later original designs.
Jewelry kits takes the design steps out of the way and allows a beginning jewelry artisan to quickly see how it is all done. You have step by step instructions and all the pieces to your project in one place. I also recommend picking up a simple bead board or palette. A bead palette allows you to lay out your beads and jewelry components on the board in the order you will be stringing. Just follow the directions in your jewelry kit, lay out the design on your board, then start stringing from the beginning of your bead design on the board. It is rare you will also receive the tools with a kit. The instructions usually tell you exactly what tools you will need to have on hand. It is a fabulous way to wade the shallow waters of bead jewelry making.
Bead jewelry making kits are perfect for the person who wants to make their own jewelry but do not have a clue of how to get started. Sometimes you just want to assemble from the instructions of someone else’s designs and this is the beginning of a creative spark you might fan just a little bit to create a full blown fire, meaning, learn more, do more, and create more all on your own.
With a jewelry kit you have all the pieces sitting in front of you, and if you laid things out on the bead palette you also have it all neat and organized ready to assemble. All that is left is the joy of creating and your final product. How could any aspiring hand made jewelry artist ask for more?
Bead stores online and offline are also learning a great marketing tool. Offer jewelry kits to your customers and keep them coming back to you for more kits and more supplies to create more of what you teach them. It is a great way to build customer trust and repeat customers.
Even jewelry making artist veterans sometimes use the convenience of jewelry kits when they are stumped for designs of their own or just want a quick piece of jewelry fresh to give as a gift.
Jewelry kits are also great to use for whipping up quickly for a new outfit. Keep a few kits on hand or make up your own kits from beads and supplies from your favorite bead store, offer them for sale, or just keep them on hand for new outfits. Match up your outfits to your jewelry kits.
Kits are actually the less expensive option. You only pay for the materials you use. For example, if you buy a bag of beads having 10 beads and you only need to use 2 beads for your earring project, you will have 8 beads left over and for what?
Well, you might think of something one day on down the road, but for now, you actually only needed 2 beads instead of 8. A jewelry kit will supply only the 2 beads you need. The same goes for the jewelry components you will need to complete the earrings. If you buy a bag of 50 bead caps for X amount of money, and you only need 6 bead caps, you will have the remainder of the bag left plus the extra cost of buying the entire bag. If you are going to make several pairs of the same style, it will make sense to buy the bulk bags, but if you are only going to make the one pair, it makes more sense to buy a kit.
I have purchased both ways now in bulk and the jewelry kits. When I purchase in bulk and sell a specific pair of earrings, I always have enough supplies to make several more pairs of the same kind to put back in the place of the ones I just sold. There is an advantage still of buying the kits in that you can go back back to the same bead store and buy exactly what you need in bulk to make more of the same style you made from the kit in the same colors or different colors.
Learning how to make bead jewelry from jewelry kits is a win-win situation for you the jewelry artist any way you look at it.
Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
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Sandy is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Simplicity Collection of Dangle Earrings.She dangles about 1 1/2 inch from the hook. She is made from semiprecious nuggets and sunburst glass crystals. The nuggets look like different shapes of little gravel rocks. Some are round in shape, others are a bit off round, a bit off square, just like you would see a pebble rock. Beautiful pair of earrings for the fall time of year.
2 Antique Copper Dangle Earrings
12 Antique Copper Ball Pins
12 Antique Copper 5 mm 22 Gauge Jump Rings
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6 Picture Jasper 7 x 10 mm Semiprecious Nuggets
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