Welcome! I’m Rena Klingenberg – jewelry artist, author, online jewelry teacher – and the founder and publisher of Jewelry Making Journal.
And I love handmade jewelry!
Although I often make complex pieces of jewelry like this:
. . . one of my specialties is designing and teaching jewelry projects that look impressive – but are easy to make, like this:
My natural way of doing things is to simplify everything.
I cut out the clutter and distill things down to simple steps and tools.
And I teach you how to get professional results – with simple techniques.
I believe that making creative jewelry should be fun, do-able, and affordable for everyone.
Selling Handmade Jewelry
In addition to teaching jewelry making, my other area of expertise is jewelry business.
Over the years I’ve sold my work in nearly every way imaginable – shows, parties, consignment, private showings, my website, wholesale, sales reps, distributors, eBay, trunk shows, fundraiser shows, etc.
(That’s why this website has one of the internet’s biggest collections of posts about jewelry business and jewelry displays!)
My favorite way to sell my jewelry has been private showings (the strategies I teach in my Easy Ways to Sell Your Jewelry Every Day book).
Why I Started This
Friendly Jewelry Community
After years of making and selling my handmade jewelry, I decided to create a website for jewelry artists.
I wanted it to be a place for information, inspiration, encouragement, and sharing.
So back in 2003 I launched the website that I would have loved to find when I first started making and selling jewelry!
Over the years it evolved into Jewelry Making Journal – this inspiring magazine-style website and creative jewelry community where you are right now.
I’m thrilled to have thousands of lovely jewelry artists from all over the world, sharing and connecting here at JMJ.
Your Jewelry Journey
Wherever you are on your creative jewelry journey, I’m here to help you.
Sign up for my popular free email newsletter so you won’t miss out on any of the new tutorials, tips, and inspiration here.
Then you might want to . . .
- Dive into my free jewelry tutorials, with projects in all kinds of techniques.
- Take a wire jewelry video class with me, to learn my wireworking secrets.
- Share a piece of your jewelry in our Jewelry Making Journal gallery.
- Or join me for a cup of coffee or tea, in my Jewelry and Coffee with Rena video series that’s mostly about jewelry business.
I wish you every joy and success in all your jewelry activities!
– Rena Klingenberg
founder and publisher,
Jewelry Making Journal