One of the many techniques I have tried, is the traditional japanese braiding one called Kumihimo. I ended up with a finished piece just a bit short as a necklace, so I added some hammered s-links made of 20 ga wire. It turned out quite nicely, and I like the combination of the braid and the wire-work. Think I will have to try out something else with those two, when my skills are on a higher level.
I started making jewelry for myself, after I bough a couple of necklaces on the norwegian equivalent of Etsy. I was so dissapointed when I received the items. They were not at all how I had envisioned them to be from the photos I had seen. And I was struck how easy they were to make. Neither necklace was expensive, but it was no more work then to apply a small focal to a premade chain with clasp. I can do this I thought to myself. So I did.
I like to see where the real craft is visible in any piece I make now, which is why I am constantly learning new techniques and trying to hone them. Not only in applying beads on a string, but that it involves at least a tiny bit of skill. Often struggling, seldom satisfied – but in this hobby the journey is truly the most important part of it.