‘Tis the season to spread good cheer, and this list makes it easier than ever! Whether you want to wow with holiday gifts of custom jewelry or know someone who’s been on the prowl for pro jewelry techniques, these free guides and top-rated Bluprint classes make the perfect present. And let’s be honest: your handmade jewelry might already be the most in-demand item on your loved ones wishlist, so “gifting” yourself a new class is just another way to make them happy!
Here are our Top 10 gift ideas for jewelry makers for 2015!
1. Foundations in Silversmithing
Learn contemporary silversmithing techniques as you create a striking mixed-metal ring! Expert Mark Nelson reveals best practices for soldering, stone-setting and finishing in this top-rated class.Gift this class »
2. Start Wire Weaving: Cabochon Pendants
Start creating the artisan jewelry you’ve always admired! Learn to weave a stunning wire pendant, bail and embellishments that will showcase any stone in style, with instructor Dawn Horner as your guide.
3. Jewelry Making for Beginners: Top Tips From the Pros
Enjoy instant access to must-have tips and techniques with this FREE guide! Discover pro recommendations for supplies and equipment, tips for finding inspiration and overcoming frustration and useful ideas for storage.
4. Solder Smarter: Strategies for Better Results
Take your skills to the next level with soldering tricks that will improve your pieces and build your confidence. Metalsmith Joanna Gollberg helps you master your torch and conquer challenging jewelry fabrication with ease in this essential class.
5. Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics & Beyond
Create a variety of distinct designs as you learn to weave textural custom bracelets. Wire artist Sarah Thompson reveals essential wire-weaving and embellishment techniques that you can mix and match to create beautiful custom jewelry!
6. Soldering: Basics & Beyond
Advance your jewelry-making skills with need-to-know soldering techniques! Gain a toolkit of essential skills as you solder everything from simple jump rings to striking bezel settings with instructor Gwen Youngblood.
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7. Fabricating Dimensional Metal Jewelry
Bring eye-catching dimension to your designs with expert instruction from jewelry artist Lisa Colby. Elevate your work from simple to stand-out with sophisticated forming and soldering techniques.
8. Beginner’s Guide to Wirework for Beautiful Jewelry
Use this handy guide to start crafting elegant jewelry for the holidays, or share it with a creative friend — either way, it’s free! Explore three fun tutorials and find out how to make chic hoop earrings, a wire-chain bracelet and more.
9. Granulation Techniques Demystified
Create striking, contemporary designs with ancient fusing techniques! Renowned metalsmith and Rio Grande instructor Victoria Lansford shares trade secrets from 25 years at the bench, as she guides you through the process of creating gorgeous, granulated jewelry.
10. Metalsmithing at Home
Solder rings, bracelets and earrings with step-by-step guidance from accomplished metalsmith Kate Richbourg. This Bluprint- favorite helps you solidify your jewelry making skills as you solder copper, brass and silver into industrial-chic accessories.
Jumpstart your jewelry making with Bluprint’s one-of-a-kind online video classes!