Sunday, January 11, 2009
Build your Basic Jewelry Starter Kit for P100
I always get this question from my friends: how much do you need to spend to begin your homemade jewelry hobby?
Giving it much thought and stripping down the kit to the bare and very basic essentials. You can get your jewelry hobby going for as low as P100 (around $2). I would recommend P100 for any beginner, you can begin making bracelets and may discover if this hobby really suits you.
It wouldn't hurt to throw in P100 more so you can buy more beads and get more variety with your designs.
Now if you have P500, you can get other extras.
By extras, I mean other handy tools in the "Plier" family - chain nose pliers, crimping pliers, wire cutters.
Extra essentials would cost another P15-P50 per packet such as head pins, earring wires and hooks, split rings, crimp tubes, connectors.
You may also get other design luxuries such as spacers, chandelier components, pinch bails, charms, lockets, etc.
But that doesn't mean you can't have much fun with your P100 starter kit, learn the basics first. Get the hang of making loops and experimenting. I would suggest putting your old, unused or broken pieces of jewelry on the chopping board, learn to recycle these into new designs. I'm sure you will have enough beads to work on to create another knotted elastic bracelet or necklace.
So What's inside your Basic Jewelry Starter Kit?