How To Make Your Own Jewellery

make your jewellery

Jewellery is an accessory loved by both men and women but mostly worn by women to enhance their beauty, attire and just to make them stand out. There are so many types of jewellery worn on different parts of the body.

We have necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and so many more worn in different parts of the body including around the waist. Apart from being worn in different places, jewellery also vary in terms of the material from which they are made of.

Such materials range from bones, wood, sticks, metals, beads, shells, enamel, not to mention precious stones and the materials determine the price of the jewellery and also weather the jewellery will be considered traditional or modern.

Making jewellery can be a complicated process that needs specially trained individuals and sophisticated machines or it can be a do it yourself task all depending on what you as the wearer want.

I will focus on how to make simple African jewellery, one that anyone can make and it doesn’t need any special knowledge to make. All you have to do is have the required materials and follow the simple process and you will end with a beautiful ready to wear jewellery.

You need to decide what type of jewellery you are making. Is it earrings, bracelet or necklace? The required materials include thread, and beads. The beads range from shells, wood, glass and even stones. There are many crafts shop in most African countries that sell all types of beads so you can visit and buy the beads that pleases you. These shops also sell online for those who cannot visit physically.

Once you have your materials ready, then take measurement of the part that you are making the jewellery for. If it is a necklace, get the correct measurement of your neck, and your wrist if it is a bracelet and so forth.

The beads come in a variety of colours, so if you want one with many colours make sure you create a pattern before you start so the beading will be easier and faster. The beads should also have holes that are big enough for the thread to go through, so make sure you have all those details in mind when purchasing the materials.

Once ready now cut your thread to the desired measurement and start beading. You can put small and big beads alternatively or start with big ones and then follow with the small ones; the design is all yours to decide.

The best way though to make African jewellery is to start with one bead, then the following beads should be put simultaneously on each side so that you have an end product that is well balanced.

For instance if you are making a necklace, start with one bead, then add the rest of the beads on each side of the string, with the first one bead acting as a dividing piece of the thread. So that at the end the necklace will have a right side that is a mirror image of the left side.

The beauty about making your own jewellery is that you can make a matching set which will include earrings, bracelets necklace and you match them with any attire of your liking. So get the beads, make your jewellery and be Africanised in an instant.

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