How to make your own jewelry at home

Making your own jewelry is a fun and creative hobby that allows you to actually make a fashion statement that expresses your personality. People like to wear jewelry that complements a certain outfit because it’s the cherry on top that adds flavor.

Even though you might be tempted to think that this type of activity requires a special talent, in reality, it’s all about you being willing to learn about all this crafty art.

The first thing on your list is to determine what type of jewelry are you into and go from there. Since it can be a tad overwhelming because you have almost zero experience in this field, it’s quite unrealistic to have many expectations from yourself. Instead, you should choose one type and learn everything about it.

Some people like to make beaded jewelry, others enjoy metal stamped pieces. It’s all a matter of what you like to wear and what would suit your taste best.

You can opt to work with materials such as leather, glass or clay, depending on your ability to handle them. It’s better to focus on small items at first and after your skills build up, you’ll discover newer techniques and maybe try new styles and fabrics.

 

No matter what you’re planning to work with, you need to learn the basics. Either it’s beads or clay, they all need some simple knowledge at first, otherwise, you risk damaging the piece and even discouraging yourself from improving your craftsy skills. For example, you should look for information about how to open or close a jump ring and how a simple wire loop is made. Once you start mastering these beginner lessons, you’ll have no problems in getting to advanced jewelry making methods.

 

Because you can’t make high-quality jewelries without having the proper tools, you need to invest in decent ones from the very beginning. Indeed, you might be just fine in the first couple of weeks with some borrowed wire cutters or pliers that you can find in any toolbox. But the fact is that, if you work with suitable instruments, the job is easier and requires less hassle. You should be prepared to spend a certain budget that will prove a good investment in the long run. This way, you have more freedom to get creative and make more jewelry that you can offer as a gift your friends and family. Maybe even start a new business that turns out to be successful.

The majority of people that want to learn how to make their own jewelry at home have a problem with the terminology. There are several online tutorials that explain the procedures step by step. The only drawback is that it’s hard to understand the difference between an eye pin and a head pin or what is a 12-gauge wire tick feature and so on. If you can, sign up for a special jewelry making class or read various beginner’s guides.

 

Mortising on the drill press – the basics

 

Drill presses are one of the cool tools to use in your Do It Yourself projects around the house because they can easily help you make different sizes of holes and they can drill on almost all types of materials, including the toughest ones. So, no matter if we’re talking about wood, metal, plastic, or any other kind of harsh material, a drill press will undoubtedly help you a lot.

What I like most about drill presses is their versatility. They can be used for a variety of purposes and, attaching the right accessories, they can really help you around the house with everything you can. So, next time you’re thinking about a DIY project, try to purchase a drill press first.

When it comes to useful accessories, mortisers can genuinely help you get the work done, as long as you know how.

Now, to be honest, I’ve been holding on to my bench top drill press for quite some years now and, even though I’ve had the mortising attachment as well, I was never confident enough to give it a try. However, as I started spending more time on my hobbies, I finally decided to use the mortiser myself, and I was actually amazed by how useful it is.

When it comes to precision woodcraft, drill presses are one of the most useful inventions of the current times. And, while regular drill presses help you get precise holes on any type of wood, mortiser attachments will help you create a square or a rectangular hole. For years, these type of holes have been cut by hand using a chisel, but, as the modern times appeared, so did a special machine called a mortiser.

So, if you’re looking to use an affordable drill press with a mortise, here is what I suggest you keep in mind:

 

The size of the drill press

Believe it or not, the actual size of your drill press will determine its accuracy and the number of additional accessories you can use with it. So, if you’re looking for a compact drill press that will only help you in small personal projects, chances are that you won’t be able to attach other accessories, such as a mortiser because the power of a drill press and its size won’t allow you to.

Create your own mortise

You don’t have to pay for an additional attachment, as you can make your own mortise and tenon joint by simply using your regular power drill and the help of a sharp chisel. If your project is more complex and requires constant mortisers and tenon joints, we do suggest opting for a professional accessory for increased precision and easiness of use. Moreover, professional mortisers will also help you get the job done faster.