How to Make One-of-a-Kind Jewelry Gifts

One of the big advantages of learning how to make jewelry is that you can whip up unique gifts. It's always touching to receive a piece of jewelry that was made specifically for you. Jewelry making is also an easy way to guarantee a gift is always one-of-a-kind.

The easiest way to make a personalized jewelry gift is to use a person's name, initials or birthstone. You can place the initials on each side of the birthstone, create fancy script for your recipient's name or just make a fancy setting for the stone. Some other great stand-bys for a gift of homemade jewelry include the recipient's favorite color, animal, sport or hobby.

If you're making jewelry as a gift for someone, remember to take time to consider what your recipient wears. Examine her overall style and consider what kind of jewelry she already wears. A beautiful necklace does little good for someone who never wears necklaces.

When making jewelry as a gift, look for jewelry that the recipient likes, but doesn't own much of. A woman may wear earrings everyday, but if she owns 500 pairs of earrings, it's probably not the best idea for a gift.  However, if the same woman frequently wears bracelets, but only owns two, you know you've found the right item to create.

Regardless of the exact type of jewelry you want to make as a gift, fit is going to be your biggest worry. It's terribly disappointing to get all excited about the perfect accessory you've created, only to discover that it doesn't fit the recipient. If possible, you want to take a similar piece of jewelry the person already owns and measure it. This will give you an idea of the correct size.

If you're still not sure if your creation will fit the recipient, remember that making it bigger than your estimated size always works better than making it smaller. A piece of jewelry that is too big can often be adjusted or reworked to the proper size. A piece of jewelry that is too small is almost impossible to adjust to a bigger size.

To truly create the perfect piece of personalized jewelry, try to keep the recipient's general age range in mind. For example, children and senior citizens will have a hard time with small or intricate clasps. Jewelry that slips on and off will work best for them.

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