The ABC’S of Jewelry Making Every Jewelry Diva Needs To Know

The ABC'S of Jewelry Making

Jewelry making is one of THE most popular forms of self-expression.  It’s fun, therapeutic, bold, exciting and helps express who we are. I mean seriously…you get to show off your style here people.  Most beginners are excited yet intimidated at the same time when first starting out, so I compiled this list of ideas from A-Z that will help make it more fun. Let’s go!

Artistic Expression– Each one of us has a unique gift that only we can express.  It doesn’t matter if the seed of that gift starts with an idea someone else has expressed.  The expression is in the delivery, in other words…put your own funk on it and watch the artist in you blossom.

Bead Soup– What is bead soup?  Definitely not something you eat, lol.  Bead soup consists of those odds and end pieces that may be left over from a project or/and random beads that sit in a container getting to know each other but don’t know what to do with each other.  Your job is to think outside the box and get them working together to make something create. So how does one actually make bead soup? Simple. It makes itself. Example: Your organized box of beads suddenly tumbles to the floor, getting all mixed up.  Instead of organizing them again by color and size you throw them into a box…annnnnnndddd there’s your bead soup, lol. Make use of it and cook up something great!

Creative Links– Tired of making the same pieces over and over?  Yeah me too. A simple link changes the design immensely.  Try this easy to make S-Knot link, actually make a few and let your imagination soar!

Doodling– Honey you gotta get those ideas out of your head and onto the paper.  This is a great way to create without wasting materials. And it’s a great way to see your process over time as a designer.  I keep all my doodles in my Jewelry Artist’s Creative Planner.

Experiment– It’s no secret that we can sometimes get into a creative slump or artist’s block. Are you always creating in silver?  Try copper, gold, bronze or mix the metals. Getting out of your comfort zone unlocks more creative ideas that you didn’t know was there.  Need inspiration? Join the free 3 Day Jewelry Diva Challenge, you’ll be creating outside of your comfort zone in no time.

Flat Nosed Pliers– Of course you need this tool because it’s part of The Squad! I nicknamed it the Cleaner because it makes our messes into masterpieces AND it makes awesome bends in your wire, especially when making shapes.

Great Photos– Remember Madonna’s song Vogue?  She would always say, “strike a pose.”  Well give your jewelry a photo shoot. Set the background, photograph with great lighting and get a pic from all angles, closeups included. Your pieces are the star and you want to capture them in their essence.

Have Fun– Whether you’re creating for yourself or for your business, remember to have fun.  We all make mistakes or get frustrated when we don’t master a new technique easily BUT don’t let that suck the fun out of what you’re doing.  Let go of all thoughts of perfection, because perfection doesn’t exist. Stay in the flow of creativity and enjoy the moment.

Instagram– Show off your talents Diva!  Share your gifts with the world.  If you don’t have an Instagram account, create one.  This is a great place to network with other artists, get new ideas and simply connect with others. Expand your territory Chica, you never know where it may take you.

Jotting Down Ideas– Like doodling, it’s a great idea to jot down ideas.  When I don’t have my Jewelry Artist’s Creative Planner with me, I carry a notebook or Post It notes with me at all times.  You never know when a new idea may hit so always be ready to jot it down so you don’t forget it.

Knowing Your Stuff– There’s nothing more embarrassing than a customer asking you, “What material is this? Or “What is this made of” and you stand there looking like a deer in headlights. Be knowledgeable and confident about what you do.  After all, you ARE a Jewelry Diva.

Learning– As an artist the best thing you can do is continue learning.  Learn new techniques, explore new materials and how to use them, learn what drives you as an artist.  The more you learn, the more you grow and growth, my dear, is a good thing.

Marketing– Marketing can be fun or intimidating, it really depends on which side of the coin you decide to focus on.  I think we can all agree that either way it’s necessary. Getting your name out there in creative ways doesn’t have to be intimidating and we show you how to make it fun here. 

New Ideas– New ideas are EVERYWHERE!  I’m so not kidding. A simple walk in nature can spark inspiration for a new color scheme, a new piece, anything.  Did you know even a lyric to your favorite song can spark a new idea? Don’t believe me? Check out this post on how a quote from Lisa Nichols inspired a new piece that also turned into a tutorial in our leather jewelry class. 

Open Mindedness– If given a challenge don’t write it off with a shrug of the shoulders and say you can’t do it.  How do you know if you haven’t attempted it yet? Stay open minded and let your inner child play. It may be more rewarding than you thought. 

Patience– Training your wire to do exactly what you want is like training a new puppy. The puppy is new to you and wants to do things its way because it doesn’t know what you want it to do so it does what it wants.  I’m totally not joking, like seriously the wire has a mind. The last thing you want to do is choke the heck out of the wire or squeeze and tug at it so bad that you strip it. Be gentle. Be patient. It will do exactly what you want when you love on it.

Quiet Moments– Sometimes you just need a break from the noise.  Find a quiet spot that you can relax and create in.  You may find that your creativity level is higher and your imagination is free to run wild.  Creating in this environment, free from distraction, is a great stress reliever and helps you stay focused and in the moment.

Round Nosed Pliers– Another important member of The Squad.  His nickname is the Alligator because he helps us make incredible loops, emergency jump rings and badass projects.  You can see him in action here.

Start- The BEST advice I could give, and have been given, is to just start.  Start where you are. Want to take a jewelry class but your money is funny and you’re not laughing?  Check out some tutorials on YouTube, hey you can even visit our channel. Or you can sign up for the free Basic Jewelry mini course here.  Just start.

Tape Measure– Why do I need a tape measure?  Diva trust me you need one. If you’re making bracelets, you’ll want to measure your wrist AND your fist (or customer’s) to get accurate sizing especially if you’re making things like bangles. Here’s a quick tip:  The average size for a woman’s wrist is 7 ½ inches, a man’s is 8-9 inches. So yeah…you’ll need a tape measure for those of us who aren’t your average bear.

Uniqueness–  Do you Boo.  Rule of thumb:  Don’t copy of compare.  Hey I made a whole video about it so you can check it out here.

Vintage Pieces– OMG am I the only one in love with Downton Abbey? This show inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and create a few vintage pieces.  I loved the evolution of their fashion so much that I included it the 3 Day Jewelry Diva Challenge. My students LOVED creating and exploring this time period.

Wire Cutters– This is the last member of The Squad. No nickname for this one because his job is easy, he cuts the wire. Simple yet important.

X Out Negativity– Whoa whoa WHOA!  Hey…I heard you. Stop saying I can’t do it.  Honey you CAN! Take can’t out of your vocabulary, it’s the lamest excuse ever not to do something that gets you outside of your comfort zone.  Yes getting out of your comfort zone is well…uncomfortable BUT that’s where your breakthrough happens to get you to the next level. Be patient with yourself and embrace it.  You’ll thank yourself later.

Yes To New Opportunities– Has a friend loved your jewelry so much that they suggested you sell your pieces at a craft fair?  This is a new opportunity that just landed in your lap! Go for it and see where this opportunity takes you. If you need help or guidance in this new endeavor, you can start here.

Zip Your Lips– Stay positive about everything you do. Project didn’t turn out the way you wanted? Don’t speak negative about it.  Someone wasn’t feeling your jewelry for one reason or another? Let it go and don’t harbor a negative grudge. In fact, you may want to download this free ebook about how to handle buyer’s rejection, just in case.  The important thing is to speak only positive things about your work because you want to attract more positivity to you AND the more excited you are about your work, the more excited others are about your work too.

How to Make a Simple Loop Dangle

In this video you will learn how to make a simple loop bead dangle. This simple technique can launch you into many other creative projects.

To Make This Dangle You’ll Need:

20 gauge wire

Bead of your choice

Round nose pliers

Flat nosed pliers

Wire cutters


Share your photos in the comments of your dangle. I’d love to see any project that you made using this simple loop technique.

Nothing To Defend Lisa Nichols

Nothing To Prove: The Quote That Inspired a Woman and Her Bracelet

Nothing to Prove Lisa Nichols

I’ll never forget the day I was introduced to Lisa Nichols.

My mother was actually the one who instructed me to watch her YouTube videos and I instantly became attracted to her words.  Later I learned of Lisa’s association with The Secret, and began digging through the vaults to learn more about this powerful woman with whom I now had a connection with, even though she didn’t know it.

One day while at work I ran across this quote:

Nothing To Defend Lisa Nichols



Nothing To Prove

It became my screensaver, my mantra, my affirmation of the day, my life.  Every time I was faced with a situation, I whispered to myself…..I have nothing to defend.

When approached by opposition, I would boldly say…..I have nothing to prove, and stand on those words.  It was more than liberating, it was freeing.  Finally I found the freedom in the strength of my voice that I had been searching for, the strength that during a time I thought I had lost.

It was THAT day that I realized the power of my words.  Lisa Nichols had shown me how to use my words to move the mountains that were confining me.

This ONE quote inspired me to create a piece that would remind me EVERY DAY how powerful I am.  How I can move through obstacles and liberate the voice that I had once quieted in order to make others around me feel comfortable, all the while, compromising my own comfort.

Never again.

Nothing to Prove Lisa Nichols quote

Diva With Nothing To Prove Bracelet


This bracelet was created for all Divas who need that subtle reminder that your voice is important.  It’s a reminder that it is your right to proceed with boldness, class, intent.

The Diva With Nothing To Prove Bracelet is a representation of me expressing my voice through my art.  I invite you to join me in this revolution!  You too can be bold and make your version of this bracelet here.

What quote has inspired you to become a better version of you?  Share and enlighten us.  I’d love to high five and celebrate you.  We ALL deserve that.


Jewelry Making Blog

A Jewelry Diva’s Must Have Starter Kit

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If you’re like me you were in a department store shopping with your friends, headed to the jewelry section, perused the selections and realized that nothing they offered was your flavor.

Yeah, it happens.  Sometimes the style we’re looking for just hasn’t been created yet and doesn’t really express our uniqueness. I mean why wear jewelry if it doesn’t represent a part of who you are?

It may be in this instance that you are inspired to create your own jewelry, something that represents you, gives you self-expression, and makes a bold statement.

That’s it.  Your mind is made up and you’re going to create your own jewelry.

Good for you Diva, welcome to our world.  Many jewelry artists start by reading books, taking a class, joining a jewelry club, watching videos or simply diving into experimentation.

No matter how or where you start every Jewelry Diva must have these essential tools:

1. Round nose pliers- These pliers are definitely needed to make simple loops, and later, eccentric designs. Nickname:  Alligator*.  

2. Flat nose pliers- These help make angles, create awesome geometric shapes and “clean the wire” to make it look more professional.  Nickname:  The Cleaner*.  

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3. Wire cutters- These are pretty self- explanatory, they pretty much just cut the wire. Nickname: Cutter.

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Seriously Divas, these are the three main tools you’ll need in order to create fabulous pieces of jewelry.  I know what you’re saying…But Angela there are SO many other tools on the market, don’t I need them?  Nope.

Technically you don’t “need” them, you may want them.  I mean do we really “need” a garlic press?  People create gadgets to make our lives simpler but sometimes the exact opposite happens we become overwhelmed because we don’t know how to use them. Later we find out the three main tools we started with in the first place does the same job.  In the beginning, let’s keep it simple.

Now that we have the jewelry tools, we need the jewelry materials.

The first time I took a basic jewelry class we were given a supply list of materials we needed for the class which was cool but it had no pictures.  The list may as well have been written in Spanish because I didn’t know what these items were or what they looked like.

Walking into a craft store trying to find these things by yourself is a nightmare, especially when there are no associates to help you. (True story.)   Oh and here’s your first jewelry term:  Findings- jewelry components or pieces.  So here’s the breakdown:

1. Head pin-  In my humble opinion, the head pin looks like a very thin nail.  The flat end of a head pin is equated to a stop sign or a period- you can go no further in the design.  It stops the bead and almost camouflages itself into the bead.  In other words, it takes backstage in the design and allows the beads to be the star of the show.  These are available in many gauges, more about this later.

jewerly findings

2. Eye Pin- These look like thin sticks/wire with a loop at the end.  These loop gives you the option to continue or add to the design, if you were a writer this would be your comma or period.  You could simply open the loop to add more:  another bead, chain, etc.  It’s all up to you and the possibilities are endless.

jewelry findings

3.  Jump rings- These are available in various sizes, shapes, texture and colors.  What is their job in creative design?  Jump rings connect pieces together, make things dangle, create length, and in some cases, add texture.  Opening a jump ring is easy and did you know there was a kiss involved?!  Honey, it’s the most romantic supply ever.  We’ll talk about that part at a later date.

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4. Ear Wires-  Ear wires come in different varieties such as post, kidney, fish hooks, and leverbacks. Although these represent different styles, they all serve the same purpose- to make earrings.  

jewelry findings

5. Clasps- Just like with ear wires, there are also creative ways to add elegance and finesse to your bracelets and necklaces.  You can choose from toggles, spring, and lobster clasps (not the kind you eat, lol). These findings allow you to finish your design.

jewelry findings

6. Stretch Magic- I know, I know.  Weird name, great resource.  This is the elastic used to make those stretchy bracelets you often see in the store, more like a one size fits all type piece.  I guess that’s the magic. When purchasing this you want to make sure the elastic isn’t too thick for the hole of our bead.  I made this mistake the first time I bought it.  Ahhh but I’ve learned my lesson.

7. Beading wire- This is not the wire used in wire wrap projects, this is the wire used in stringing projects. Let me explain this a little better.  Beading wire is thin, doesn’t bend into shapes to create funky circles or butterflies.  It is used to thread beads on to in order to create multi-strand necklaces, bracelets, decorative earrings….things like that.  Get it? Still confused?  No worries, there’s a class for that.

8. Crimp beads- These are so freakin’ tiny but so important when creating strung jewelry pieces.  So basically these are used in the beginning and the end of a piece.  Its purpose is to stop the beads from falling off and to allow room for a closure. (Clasp)

9.  Crimp covers-  Crimp covers go over the crimp beads to give it a professional look. You’ll definitely want to invest in these and they’re super easy to use.

10. Beads- Of course we need beads and there are many styles, types, colors, shapes, and textures out there. Explore and buy what you like because that’s the whole reason you wanted to create in the first place, right?

Here’s one last tip from one Jewelry Diva to another…….Have fun and let the creativity flow.  Oh did I forget to mention that I actually teach jewelry making in our new Member’s Club? I do.  You can even treat yourself to a free download of the syllabus by clicking on the photo.

jewelry club

Hey leave us a comment and tell us your flavor or why you decided to get creative!  We love meeting new people.