In the age of Etsy, fashioning your own handmade bling from eclectic materials has never been more fashionable. Calling all wannabe jewelers: This is your golden opportunity to build your own jeweler’s toolkit, fashion your own signature piece of bling, and find out whether diamonds really are forever.
There are plenty of skills to acquire if you’re new to the world of jewelry design, and we’re here to help. We've assembled a critical guide to jewelry design that demystifies the six (yes, six!) kinds of pliers you’ll need, outlines five key techniques that every aspiring jewelry designer should learn, and dispenses handy tips on just where you should dive into the learning process.
You’ll be having daydreams of filigree and soldering in your sleep before you know it.