Basic Beginner Jewelry Making and Design: Earrings and Necklaces

Dina S, Owner of Modnitsa Atelier

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4 Lessons (43m)
    • 1. Strung Necklace Design, Part 1: Steps 1-5

      11:28
    • 2. Strung Necklace Design, Part 2: steps 6-9

      9:40
    • 3. Drop Earrings Design, Part 1: steps 1-4

      11:13
    • 4. Drop Earrings Design, Part 2: steps 5-8

      11:02

Project Description

Design and create a pair of earrings and a necklace

Strung Necklace Design: Choosing your tools, stones & materials, measuring your string and attaching the clasp.

  1. Intro

    In this lesson, you will learn how to:

    • create a strung necklace
    • color theory
    • connect the clasp & extender chain
    • choose the right stones to create your design

     

  2. Tools & Materials

    For this design you will need the following tools and materials:

    • Tool Kit:  Flat/Chain Nose Plier, Wire/String Cutter +Design Board/Tray
    • Beading String: Beadalon 19 strand, 0.015 diameter
    • 1.8 mm silver round beads for crimping/flattening
    • A clasp of your choice (lobster, toggle, etc.)
    • A piece of extender chain of your choice (to match your clasp in metal color). Make sure that the clasp works with the chain and fits through its links easily to close the necklace
    • Color Wheel
    • Stones, Crystals or Beads with pre-drilled holes to create your Necklace.

    You can purchase a prepared Necklace Findings Supply Kit at my shop. You can also purchase the tools the Modnitsa Atelier Shop and stones in our Etsy Shop.

    *Note*: The number of stones you need will depend on the length you want to create and the size of the beads. Also, try to pay attention to where the holes are on the stones to make sure that once you string them, they appear how you want them to - this will affect the length of your necklace and your design.

     

  3. Choosing Your Stones

    In this section, you will learn how to use the color wheel tool to choose the stones and colors for your necklace.

    I always recommend picking one color to start with for your design - this gives you the jumping-off point. It often happens that you might center your design around a speficic stone you found - so this can help you get started also. 

    To begin using the color wheel, find your starter color on the wheel and point the tip of the arrow of the triangle to it (the wheel has 3 parts and they all move - so be sure you're twisting the side that has the triangles).

    There are a couple of fun color combos you can play around with, as you twist the wheel, which include: 

    Complementary Colors - opposite each other on the color wheel. This harmony is usually pretty bold - so if it feels to bright, try using the lighter of the shades in the range to soften

    Triad Color Harmony: thicker of the 2 trianges created with your starter color.

    Split-Complementary Color Harmony: thinner of the 2 triangles crated with your starter color.

    There is no right or wrong with color - it's very intuitive. It helps to know what your own personal coloring is (which you can learn through a process called Color Analysis that stylists like myself offer :-) - then you can find shades that complement that. Go with color combinations that you feel comfortable in and trust. But also don't be afraid to mix in something bold every once in a while for some fun! 

    9 times out of 10 you'll be pleasantly surrpised with what the Color Wheel says so do check out the color combos. Also Black and White are easy - you can mix any color with either to make a nice statement. 

     

  4. Measuring Your String

    Getting your string ready is an important step in necklace design. You will learn how to properly measure the string to make sure you have enough for all your stones in this section.

    Things to keep in mind are the size of your stones and the desired length of your necklace. I usually recommend following these 4 steps to get the most accurate string length:

    • Measure your favorite necklace in inches to have a reference point - this way you know how long you want your necklace to be.
    • If you're using small dainty stones, a shorter length will look more delicate (16-18"); if you're using chunky big ones - they will take more room on the string and feel more bulky - so opt for a slightly longer length (20-22"). This way the stones don't choke you and they all have a chance to "show up" in the design.
    • Cut your string about 3-4" longer than your estimated necklace length - this way you'll have room for attaching your clasp and extender chain. Having extra is better than not having enough!
    • Lay all your stones out on the tray in the design that you create before you start stringing. This way you can see how long they come to in inches (as the tray usually has numbers that correspond to inches roughly). Make sure you don't leave any space between the stones since when you string, they will all appear on the string close together.
  5. Attaching The Clasp

    Attaching the clasp before stringing prevents your beads from falling off the other end once you start threading them on. You will learn how to properly attach the clasp with the use of simple round beads and flat nose pliers in this segment.

    You can use any clasp you prefer for your design - I would just recommend you make sure it's strong enough to hold your beads. Lobster and toggle clasps of heavier gauge tend to be bulkier but they provide more strength to your necklace.

     

Strung Necklace Design: Planning your necklace, stringing, attaching the extender chain.

  1. Planning Your Necklace

    Planning out your necklace is important before you string - you should lay out all your beads/stones on the design tray before putting them on the string - it will save you a lot of time and aggravation (and having to re-do things if you make a mistake).

  2. Stringing

    Once you've done your planning, you will need to put all your stones onto the string in the order you have them, starting with the stone you have laying on the highest number on one side of the tray and finishing with the same # stone on the other side. Since your clasp is already attached, you need to string in a circular pattern to get all the stones on. Please note: your first stone that goes on the string is NOT at "0". Your center is at "0" and if you string everything in the order you have it on the tray, the "0" will end up as your center.

  3. Attaching The Chain

    To finish your necklace, you will need to attach an extender chain (or a single jump ring) to the other end of the string once all your beads are on. You will use the same technique as putting the clasp on - but please note you will need to pull out the remainder of the string when the chain is on before you flatten your crimp bead - to make sure you don't have it showing in your design.

  4. Recap

    Watch a recap of what you've learned in this video to make sure you have all the steps down. Please don't hesitate to post a question if you're unsure about any of the information covered in this video. I hope you enjoy making Necklaces! Please be sure to post photos of your designs when they're ready - can't wait to see your creativity at play :-)

Drop Earrings Design: Choosing your tools, materials, stones and colors, creating a headpin.

  1. Intro

    There are a variety of Earrings designs you create with a simple wire-wrapping technique.

     

  2. Tools & Materials

    For this design, we will need the following tools and materials:

    You can purchase a prepared Earrings Findings Supply Kit at my shop. You can also purchase the tools the Modnitsa Atelier Shop and stones in our Etsy Shop

    *Note*: The number of stones you need will depend on the length of the earrings you want to create and the size of the beads. Also, try to pay attention to where the holes are on the stones to make sure that once you put your wires through them, they appear how you want them to - this will affect the length and look of your earrings.

     

  3. Creating a Headpin

    The main element of creating drop earrings is learning how to make a head pin (also referred to as an eye pin). You will use a piece of wire and your round nose pliers to create each one. You will need to make enough head pins for all your stones - each stone will go onto it's individual head pin (e.g. If you're using 2 stones per earrings for a basic drop earring design, you need 4 headpins total for your pair of earrings).

    When you're creating your head pins, you can work off a spool of wire or pre-cut your wire into smaller pieces - it's up to you. If you choose to pre-cut, keep in mind the size of each stone - you need to have enough wire to creat the wrapped loop on both end and fit the stone onto the wire.

     

  4. Choosing Your Stones and Colors

    Choosing your stones and colors will become super easy and fun when you learn to use the color wheel tool. Please be sure to view the segment on that in my video lesson - and for a written list of suggestions, check out the "Choosing Your Stones" Lesson in the Strung Necklace Design Tutorial.

Drop Earrings Design: Wrapping the bottom stone, connecting the stones, attaching the ear wires.

  1. Wrapping The Bottom Stone

    Once you created your headpin and slid your stone onto it, you will learn how to create a loop on the other side of the stone.

     

  2. Connecting The Stones

    After you've wrapped your bottom stone, you will now need to connect it to the 2nd stone in your earring.

     

  3. Connecting The Ear Wires

    After your earrings are finished, you will need to attach your Ear Wires to complete the design.

     

  4. Recap

    Watch a recap of what you've learned in this video to make sure you have all the steps down. Don't hesitate to post a question if you're unsure about any of the information in this video. I hope you enjoy making Drop Earrings. Please be sure to post some photos of your designs to share share your creativity - can't wait to see them!

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