by mary lyons
(Atlanta GA)

hello, my name is Mary and I don’t know how to make jewelry.

I am learning. I went and bought a lot of beads to start.

I’m looking at books and on the internet. I am a little nervous. Where do I start? I have some beautiful jewels without holes in them and I want to make earrings for a friend in the church.

Do you know how to put a hole in jewel?

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by: Stacy

If you don’t have a drill with a fine bit and a vice to hold the jewels in, you can always take them to a jeweler and pay a small fee to have them do it for you.

Just figure out if you are planning to wire wrap and need a side drilled hole, or if you’re going to use a bail with a jump ring and need a front to back drilled hole before you do it.

Not sure I’d want to drill my own holes…
by: Christine

I’m not sure what you mean by “jewel”. do you mean an actual honest to goodness gemstone?

Generally people don’t make their own holes in gemstones (unless you want to risk cracking or chipping it). I’d try to think of another way to attach a loop to it if I were you.

You could wire-wrap it, bezel-set it (a pretty advanced technique) or you could glue a bale onto it. Gluing the bale is the easiest solution.

Add a comment to give me some more info and some feedback on this answer if you’d like 🙂

Christine ~how-to-make-jewelry

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Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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