Jewelry Ideas for Valentine's Day

Feb 7, 2008



Isn't It Romantic?

I'm not an especially romantic person, particularly when it comes to jewelry design. As I mentioned in an earlier post ("Playing with Color") I have no pink beads in my bead collection and certainly no heart beads--or so I thought.

Imagine my surprise when I found these cute silver hearts at the bottom of my jewelry box! I'd forgotten about these heart charms that I created in my first metal clay class a couple of years ago. So apparently, even though I don't buy heart beads, somewhere deep inside I have the compulsion to make them. How weird is that?

Of course, now that I've found these beads, all I can think about is creating a sweet, sentimental design (dangly earrings? Y-necklace?) that features them. C'est la vie!

New Free Project



Love Me Tendril
by Christi Friesen

This new polymer clay project comes to us from Step by Step Beads. Learn how to make polymer clay and semiprecious stone leaf beads with these step-by-step instructions and photographs. Even if you are not a polymer clay fan, you might want to look at the close-up photo of this project for some springtime color inspiration. In the instructions, the designer also gives tips for an alternate autumn color palette.(Instructions are for the beads only; instructions for stringing the necklace are in the March/April 2008 issue of Step by Step Beads.)

More Lovely Free Projects

You might also enjoy these love-inspired projects:



Keys to My Heart 
by Jean Yates
Techniques: Stringing, Wireworking

Create a matching earring and bracelet set using crystals and silver components with colorful shibuichi patina.


 Lovey Dovey Ring 
by Jamie Hogsett
Technique: Wireworking

Practice your wireworking skills as you create this dramatic crystal ring.


Lilac Love
by Debbie Blair
Techniques: Stringing (necklace), polymer clay and wireworking (pendant)

Craft your own unique polymer clay heart pendant to jazz up a simple necklace.


Love Birds Necklace
by Michelle Mach
Techniques: Daisy chain, wireworking, sewing and gluing (pendant)

Seed bead daisies decorate pearls and turquoise nuggets in this brass chain necklace. The pendant was fashioned from separate brass elements. (Yes, this is a romantic piece, but it was a Beadwork challenge--I never would have come up with a love themed necklace on my own!)



Inspired by . . . YOU

This Valentine's Day necklace is by Beading Daily reader Susan Cuss. Susan is a self-taught beader who has been beading for about three years. In addition to beading, she also paints in watercolors and oils. The spiral rope uses four shades of pink beads, plus a shade of gray inspired by the hematite heart. The fringe uses glass hearts, as well as crystal bicones and fire-polished crystals. The clasp was created with two metal love charms that Susan adhered together to create a two-sided piece.




Share the Love

The Beading for a Cure projects are now online. All the beaders used the same kit of beads and it's truly fascinating to see all the different pieces that they came up with! All the pieces will be auctioned off to raise money for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Association. The auction will begin March 2, 2008--mark your calendars!



Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She'll be working on her Beadwork challenge piece this weekend and it's starting to look like it may be another love-inspired design!

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Timaree wrote
on Feb 8, 2008 1:15 PM
I think your charms would look great embroidered on a doll or other piece of bead embroidery as an alternative to jewelry. Who wouldn't love a doll with a heart like those.
Capitolagirl wrote
on Feb 8, 2008 1:37 PM
Great blog post today Michelle, I love great finds like that at the bottom of my jewelry box. I was blogging about Valentine's Jewelry today too, come check it out:
Goddessjoy wrote
on Feb 8, 2008 3:59 PM
Such an inspirational holiday for jewelry artists! Personally, I've never been one for hearts, but I've had a blast making copper wire work hearts this season!
SandraJ@20 wrote
on Feb 12, 2008 11:12 AM

I've just started using clay even though that's how I got the jewelry-making bug 4 years ago. Thanks sooooo much for sharing the Love Me Tendril project. Can't wait to make it!

Blessing from one addicted beader to another,

LindaB@225 wrote
on Feb 14, 2008 6:10 PM
I wish I could copy the projects instead of down loading them. I have tried to down load and they won't so I can;t get my projects. HELP
LindaB@225 wrote
on Feb 14, 2008 6:10 PM
I wish I could copy the projects instead of down loading them. I have tried to down load and they won't so I can;t get my projects. HELP
LindaB@225 wrote
on Feb 14, 2008 6:10 PM
I wish I could copy the projects instead of down loading them. I have tried to down load and they won't so I can;t get my projects. HELP
AnnetteS@34 wrote
on Feb 18, 2008 3:00 PM
despite having two lessons at $30 each i still cannot manage to make a crystal puffy heart at home...any patterns for the slower learner?
NormaH@13 wrote
on Feb 20, 2008 7:00 AM
Oh dear! so much to learn! I caught the beading bug about four weeks ago and I haven't been to bed before 2am since! Now I've seen this beautiful bead and I've got to learn how to make it but the shops are closed because it's 11.51pm so I won't be able to go until tomorrow! Wait a minute, I have to go to work tomorrow - and I won't get home until late, then it's embroidery group on Friday, then I work Saturday and Sunday. I'm supposed to be retired with time on my hands and I can't even get to the shop to get some clay and start fashioning a beautiful bead like the one in your project! Oh well, back to the wirework, I've got plenty of that ... now if I just had that clay I could make that bead I had the design for in my head then add that to the wire........ Hooked, that's what I am ... hooked!