For anyone who is just starting out, to begin making jewelry there
are three necessities: tools, materials, and instruction.
It is possible to proceed without instruction, but, take it from
someone who was self taught for the first 12 years of a 30+ year
tenure, the long circuitous route is much longer and more arduous
than learning from someone who already knows the route. The time and
aggravation one will save by starting off with quality instruction,
whether from books or in workshops and classes, is well worth the
cost and investment. It will pay for itself many times over compared
to the alternatives.
My suggestion is to begin with simple tools and basic techniques.
Using simple tools does not require a huge investment of resources
and will allow you to purchase more materials. Being able to purchase
more materials will allow working more and producing more jewelry.
Using simple tools and basic techniques will increase hand skills,
which will develop fluency with tool and materials, which in turn
will enhance creativity. Tools and materials are just like language,
the person who is fluent, and articulate, can communicate effectively
Michael David Sturlin