I’ve never taken a jewelry making class, although I would love to. I’d like to think of myself as self taught but am I really? I’ve accumulated many books, DVDs and magazines throughout the decades that taught me numerous techniques and inspired many designs.
I learned about doing craft shows, displays and marketing, photography (still learning), pricing, and most importantly, online marketing (still working on that one too). So can I really claim to be self taught?
Because I’ve received several requests from aspiring jewelry artists for advice regarding jewelry making resources (as if I were an expert which flatters me tremendously), I’d like to share my favorite jewelry making books and DVDS in this post. There are many books, magazines and online jewelry networks I have not mentioned. Perhaps in a future post I will cover some online resources. There are just so many.
This the best book I’ve read about social networking and selling jewelry online. It is very comprehensive and indispensable to anyone even thinking of selling jewelry (and other things) online. There is also an eBook available for immediate access. Without this book I probably wouldn’t have started this blog or ventured into online selling.
A great book for instruction on wire weaving and more with easy, clear illustrations and inspiring designs. Jodi Bomardier taught me how to weave!
I love this book by Melody MacDuffee! If you like lacy wire frames around your stones and the beautiful delicate look it gives your jewelry designs, this book is perfect. The instructions are clear and thorough. I often use the techniques I learned from this book.
These books and DVDS are excellent resources for instruction and inspiration for both beginners and more advanced jewelry artists. Some of them were my earliest resources for jewelry making.