What's Your Necklace Making Style?

Oct 8, 2012

Necklace making is such a personal expression of your style, and it's one of the reasons why I love making my own beaded jewelry. I definitely have my own sense of style when it comes to fashion, and so do you! You may not realize it, but your choices in bead types and colors are the perfect way to express you own individuality when it comes to your necklace making projects.

One of the things I love about Beadwork magazine's Designers of the Year is that each project is a distinct reflection of the artistic sensibilities of the bead artist who designed it. Which of these Designer of the Year necklace making projects best fits your necklace making style?

necklace-making Colorful and cheerful! How can you not love the colors in the Palm Coast Necklace by Sue Jackson and Wendy Hubick? This is the kind of necklace that makes you smile when you catch a glance of it in the mirror, and is sure to brighten the day of anyone who sees you wearing it. Brilliant metallic colors of knitted-wire-covered-ball chain add another fun flair to this joyful necklace making project.
necklace-making Geometric and bold. There's something about the Cosmic Diamonds necklace by Jean Power that makes me think it wouldn't look out of place at an art gallery opening. Jean's use of complex geometric forms with those uniformly-sized cylinder beads makes this necklace making project both architectural in its structure and artistic through her use of color.
necklace-making Ethnic and tribal. The Bedouin Amulet necklace by Diane Fitzgerald is an elegant re-creation of a traditional prayer box using peyote stitch. Ethnic and tribal-inspired jewelry is my personal favorite necklace making style. To me, it's a way to learn about and honor global cultures through their traditions of self-adornment.
necklace-making Minimalist and modern. How can you not love the way that Leslie Frazier used this unusual metal chain in her Adorned Chain Necklace? Simple, yet elegant and classy. Who says that beaded necklace projects have to be big and over-the-top to be beautiful? There's an added dimension to this piece of beadwork through Leslie's use of those fun peanut beads.

Now, even if you don't like the particular colors of beads used in these necklace making projects, you can change them up to suit your style! Imagine if the colorful Palm Coast necklace was made in just two sleek colors of metallic bronze and silver? Or if you made the Bedouin Amulet necklace in intense, silver-lined jewel tones, reminiscent of ancient Tibetan Buddhist paintings and weavings? There's an entire world of options for you with these necklace making projects!

In addition to the fabulous Designer of the Year projects in each issue of Beadwork magazine, you'll also find great beaded bracelet making and earring making projects that let you express yourself with style. Refine your bead-weaving skills, learn about the latest and greatest beads, beading supplies, and jewelry findings, and be inspired by the work of gifted bead artists. Subscribe to Beadwork magazine and find out how much fun it can be to develop your own personal style with handmade beaded jewelry!

So, now it's your turn! What's your favorite necklace making style? Do you prefer the big and the bold? Do you lean towards delicate, yet intricate, beaded chains? Or maybe you're somewhere in the middle? Tell us all about your favorite necklace making style and leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog!

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on Oct 8, 2012 8:51 AM

I like making very intricate delicate beading projects. I like to use crystals with size 15 beads.  Its relaxing and to me its beautiful. makes me feel very good. I will be naming my bead projects if I sell, (I don't know yet).

margarita wise

padali30 wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 1:28 PM

Elegant necklaces are what I turn to for bead weaving. I've been really into beaded beads on thin chains lately, too.

Larry.Linson wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 3:53 PM

I like to see actually-wearable designs... there's 'way too much paper wasted printing pictures of elaborate, overdone designs that clearly originated to be "contest entries". They might be worn for a club's "show and tell" but unlikely to any "real-word event"


cindy@1950 wrote
on Oct 8, 2012 5:26 PM

Boy, do I relate to Larry's comment.  I don't work any more and don't dress-up much.  I tend to try to design less elaborate pieces that can be worn with t-shirts to run errands.  I guess that's why I don't get into bead weaving or embroidery, stringing is my thing.

on Oct 8, 2012 8:47 PM

I agree with Larry; too many necklaces I see in magazines are obviously not really meant to be worn during normal life. I like stringing, using glass and stones, but am beginning to add chain to some of my designs, like this one www.etsy.com/.../upcycled-vintage-owl-pendant-necklace

I like big bold necklaces, since I'm a big woman and tiny delicate designs get lost. I tend to prefer tribal, ethnic styles over modern ones.

benben wrote
on Oct 9, 2012 2:21 AM

I like chainmaill best

on Oct 9, 2012 11:12 PM

i too agreee with Larry and also Bead Soup Chef. am a large woman and prefer large bold designs,  i frequently use pendants as earrings and they look great , 'cause they are in proportion with my body size. i use the largest beads i can find, but theres not a lot available above a 16mm. i really love the 50mm swarovski pendants !

RosemaryH@8 wrote
on Oct 12, 2012 2:06 AM

I disagree with Larry. Beading is a creative craft. It's good to push the boundaries and see where the journey takes you!

AnnaYoakum wrote
on Oct 13, 2012 8:51 AM

Bravo Larry, for being the first to say what so many of us have thought.  Yes some designs are over-the-top, intricate and so gigantic only a 6 ft. tall, super-thin model could pull off wearing them.  :)

I too prefer simple, classic jewelry and that is what I tend to design such as this beaded  piece of mine:  www.etsy.com/.../handmade-jewelry-garnet-and-bronze

Anna Maria

stone3159 wrote
on Oct 15, 2012 6:44 AM

I have just started doing the jewelry i find it very relaxing.  The trouble i have is following the directions for the different projects so i just make my own.  I would really love to get into the wire bending and things but i have trouble with it.