Tutorials are a great way to learn a new technique. It is vital that we continue to learn for how else would our creativity and skills improve?

Many artisans are now putting out tutorials. Here are two virtual places where you can browse for and get growing numbers of member submitted tutorials. Both sites are newish so expect site upgrades and features yet to come.

1. Jewelrygeeks.com (formerly metalchasers.com), a social media site for jewelry artisans is one of my favourite places to hang out - their gallery section is a veritable parade of jewelry pieces to gawk at. They recently added a tutorial hub (under sections) where members can submit tutorials - text, photos or even videos. They are to be complete and free but of course if you produce tutorials for sale, your link will be there! One of the early submissions is from SilverRiverJewelry (link no longer available) - a basic tutorial on how to make your own headpins (above left). Tutorials can also be rated. Jewelrygeeks uses Ruby Points for site participation which will soon go towards the purchase of "quality, tangible items" when their Club Feature launches.

2. Eni Oken (link no longer available) is a well known wire artisan who offers fantastic tutorials

Below is Eni's fabulous woven bead cuff tutorial for $7. The site takes a cut after you make your first sale. Your students i.e. people who made jewelry using your tutorials are also encouraged to post pictures of their work. Members can also share informative articles on all aspects of jewelry making - writing articles earns points which then goes towards purchasing free tutorials, featured space and more gallery space.