Thursday April 17, 2014
If you have a young woman going to prom this season you might find that she is looking for a corsage or boutonniere that is a little different or unusual. Not only do young women seem to be looking for accessories that look nothing like the corsage that their mothers or grandmothers wore to dressy dances they also may not want to wear what everyone else is wearing. They are looking for ways to express their own personal style.
Creating your own bracelet corsage lets you dictate the styles, colors and textures in the accessory you wear. You can match your dress, shoes and other accessories creating a look that is unique and personalized. The best part of the FLOWER CORSAGE BRACELET
is that it is a fairly easy, though possibly time consuming, DIY jewelry making project. For a few dollars and a little time digging through the (vintage) jewelry, buttons and other notions you may already have at home you can have a unique and personal accessory to wear at prom, a wedding or other occasions.
After you have danced the night away you won't have to worry about your corsage wilting either. This is one corsage that you will be able to wear again and again or keep with your other memorabilia from your very special evening.
Friday April 11, 2014
I love adding fibers to jewelry projects. It's an easy way to add a unique texture and color to my pieces without going to the bead store to buy more beads. Fibers may be incorporated as a compliment to the piece or as a major player in the overall design.
Fibers for jewelry making projects might be found simply by rummaging through your general craft supplies like with this Freshwater Pearl Necklace with Fabric Rose Accents Necklace
I created where the fiber is actually fabric flowers meant to be stitched onto garments.
But there are also fibers that are meant specifically for jewelry making like soutache, felted beads and WoolyWire Etc come to mind.
If you've not heard of WoolyWire Etc you might be wondering what it is. I recently wrote an article Make a Pendant with WoolyWire Etc
reviewing WoolyWire Etc - wool wrapped wire for jewelry making - and showed how it can be used to wrap around a channel type pendant.
I found WoolyWire Etc fun and easy to use and made another WoolyWire Funky Pendant
project because I couldn't stop creating with it.
So grab some colored yarn, fabric, twine, WoolyWire Etc or other fibers and use your imagination. You never know what you'll come up with.
Have you ever used fiber in your jewelry projects? What is your favorite fiber to use?
Saturday April 5, 2014
Memory wire bracelets are easy to make and can be made from a variety of beads - everything from Swarovski crystals to plastic. That also means they are economical as a large group project for groups from Girl Scouts to a bridal shower or Mother's Day (this Super Stylish Super Easy Memory Wire Bracelet
is a great look for the latter two).
They are great for teens who want to express their individuality and can also be made as a fund raiser for cheer, church or other social groups with meaningful symbols or colors worked into the beads.
While memory wire bracelets are a great beginning project for those new to jewelry making they also make great gifts for people who may have limited mobility in their hands as they are easy to get on and off without a clasp.
It is easy to make one continuous length of memory wire look like several bracelets all stacked together with this Easy Memory Wire Bohemian Bracelet
Just be sure to use the right cutting tool for the job when working with memory wire. You can find out more about that in this article - 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
Do you remember the first jewelry making project you made? What was it?
Sunday March 30, 2014
If you've been looking at handmade jewelry and thinking that you might like to start making some of your own you might feel a little overwhelmed by all of the possibilities, especially if you've been wandering the aisles of your local craft or bead store. With all of the tools and equipment you can buy, not to mention all of the beads, it can be hard for a new jewelry maker to know where to start. It is also quite easy to spend quite a bit of money only to arrive home without the items needed to finish a few projects. No one wants that.
To help new jewelry makers get started I've written an article 5 Basic Jewelry Making Tools for Beginners
that will help you narrow down your first purchase a little. I doesn't really matter what type of jewelry making you plan on pursuing you will probably need these tools. In fact, if you are just starting out it is a good idea to begin with some basic stringing projects in order to get a feel for color, balance and other general design concepts. Stringing will also give you a chance to explore an abundance of colors and techniques helping you to refine your aesthetic and style. You will definitely need these five tools for bead stringing projects.
I hope you find the list useful and would love to hear your experience as a beginning jewelry maker.
If you've been making jewelry for a while what items would you add to the list?