How To Make Jewellery At Home
Have you got the jewellery making bug?
Whether you've just discovered your love for jewellery making or you've been making on the sofa for a year, it could be time to upgrade and create a little space for yourself.
The beauty of making jewellery is that you can do it in the comforts of your own home as you only need a small work station. We are always inspired by customers who send us their jeweller’s work space photos and it’s amazing to see how easily you can transform your space.
From working in the garage, the garden shed, spare bedroom, the corner of your lounge to a rented studio – every space works, you just need to make it your own.
We talk you through everything you need to get started, including jewellery making tools and jewellers bench options. We also show you our favourite customer workshop photos, revealing the variety of ways you can create your own space within your home or a rented studio.
We hope our advice page gives you everything you need to create your very own jeweller's workshop. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!
Firstly, where will you be making jewellery?
It's all about using your space wisely, although you don't need a huge space, it's important that you have enough room to work safely and be able to store your tools and supplies.
A spare room, garage space or shed could be the perfect solution. Just take a look at our customer photos with their jewellery workshops within this post for inspiration! Once you have decided where your workshop will be, then the fun can begin with your jewellery making journey.
Get yourself a jewellers workbench
Of course, depending on the type of jewellery you create, you may be happy enough to do this on a lap tray or at the kitchen table.
If you are planning on making jewellery at home, on a regular basis and are wishing to improve your jewellery making skills with new techniques, a small workbench is a great place to start.
We would recommend using a Jewellers workbench as they are designed to be higher than a standard table, preventing you from hunching over. It's important that you have the correct posture while working and that you are comfortable, as you'll likely be at your bench for hours at a time.
Get an adjustable chair
An office chair is an ideal seat to use at your bench and will give you more freedom over what height to sit at, depending on the work you’re carrying out.
Get the lighting right
Many jewellers work in the evening so it’s important to have a good light in the room you’re working on.
A bendy desktop lamp is a perfect place to start, as you can move this around your bench and place it over the area you are working on. In the future, you can look at jewellery and craft lamps, with many coming with a built in magnifying glass to see your work up close.
Alternatively, we would recommend our headband magnifier with LED light for those fiddly projects!
Another great tip from Cornish jewellery designer, Victoria Walker is to use a daylight bulb to help spot fire stain and other imperfections that aren’t so obvious in poor lighting. Read Victoria's workbench tips over on our blog here
Stock up on tools
If you are just starting out in jewellery making, our beginner’s metalsmithing tool kit might be the perfect place to start. It’s a fantastic investment if you are really serious about making jewellery and thinking about soldering in the future. Of course, you don’t need to start with all of this. You can always increase the number of tools you have over time and start with the essentials.
I have a lovely workshop/shed in my garden. Always a total mess, organised chaos
Depending on how much room you have, you may need to be cautious of space! With so many tools, projects and supplies hanging around it can be easy to let things spiral out of control and make it harder to work.
There are lots of storage options you can consider such as drawers, shelves and boxes to keep your things organised and safely packed away. When it comes to storing your supplies, our plastic storage boxes come in handy! Especially if you like to keep your beads, gemstones and findings safe.
Keep your jewellery making books close
Jewellery making books are a great way to refresh your knowledge. Whether you need soldering advice or step by step guidance, it’s always great to have the resources nearby and when in need. If you have the space, why not go for a bookshelf?
Make it your own
Wherever you decide to have your jewellers workshop, make sure that you make it your own. It could be that you give the space a new lick of paint, or perhaps you want to decorate it to make it your own with bunting, photos, lots of colours or a cosy spot to have a tea break. It’s all down to you!
Take a look at more customer workshop snaps below and don't forget to tag us in your workbench photos on social media with the hashtag #Kernowcraft!
I'm very lucky! I have converted a static caravan into workshop space, I do jewellery, lampwork bead making and stained glass in here, and have the room to offer classes here too.
- Katrina Good, The Dragon Hole
Also in this section:
- How To Start Jewellery Making
- How To Make Jewellery At Home
- Choosing A Jewellers Workbench
- 12 Basic Tools For Jewellery Making Beginners
- What Is A Cabochon And Faceted Stone?
- Your Guide To Metals For Jewellery Making
- Your Guide To Jewellery Findings
- Types Of Chain For Jewellery Making & Necklet Chain Length Guide
- CM to Inches For Chain Length Conversions
- Jewellery Making Tools For Cutting Metal Wire & Sheet
- A Quick Guide to Jewellery Making Hammers
- The Pliers You Need For Jewellery Making
- The Jewellery Pliers Set For Beginners
- What Are Parallel Pliers For Jewellery Making?
- How To Open And Close Jump Rings For Jewellery Making
- Types Of Earring Findings For Jewellery Making
- How To Make Earrings For Beginners
- Easy Ways To Customise Hoop Earrings
- How To Make Earwires
- 2 Ways To Make Wire Earrings
- How To Make Your Own Balled Head Pins For Earrings
- 7 Ways To Fasten A Necklace or Bracelet
- How To Make An Easy Charm Necklace
- Easy Ways To Make Charm Jewellery
- Sea Glass Jewellery Making Projects For Beginners
- How To Make A Ring: 5 Beginner Projects
- Beginner Jewellery Making Projects Using Glue
- Choosing Glue For Jewellery Making & Top Tips
- How To Use Devcon Epoxy Glue For Jewellery Making
- Time Saving Jewellery Making Tools & Supplies
- How To Make A Ring Smaller With A Ring Size Adjuster
- How To Use A Safety Chain
- How To Tighten & Loosen Earring Backs
- Everything You Need To Repair Broken Jewellery At Home