Get Great Accessories Without Breaking the Bank

28 Oct

If you love accessorizing each new outfit with beautiful and stylish jewelry but your budget won't allow it, consider making new pieces. It's easier than you think and is a great creative outlet. Designing and assembling new accessories allows you to wear things you love without breaking the bank. So before you go out and get a few payday loans to subsidize your passion, try your hand at making your own beautiful pieces.

Getting Started

Take a trip to your local craft store and you will be surprised at that quality and diversity of the products available to you. Next, check out internet sources. Now that you know what is available, collect pictures of pieces you would like to try your hand at. Examine catalogs and make a list of the pieces you love. Many craft stores, libraries, and community centers offer beading and jewelry making classes. Have an art museum nearby? Museums often offer classes in fine metal crafting, cloisonné, and ceramics.

Assemble Your Tools and Materials

The old saying, "A craftsman is no better than his tools" is true for jewelry making as well as any other craft. Having the correct pliers, tweezers, and bead sorting tools will make the assembly process easier, guaranteeing a beautifully rendered piece you can be proud of. For your first piece, you may want make a piece from an instruction booklet. These books are an excellent way to learn, guiding you through each step and offering tips that will greatly simplify the process.

Be Patient as You Acquire New Skills

Don't expect perfection in the beginning. Be careful to choose projects that are within your skill set. Nothing is more discouraging than trying a project that is just beyond your ability. Start small and build up to more complex projects. Soon your friends will begin asking you to make them jewelry like yours.

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