Mixed media jewelry
is one of my favorite ways to play with
new ideas for making handcrafted jewelry. It brings me right back to high
school, when I would spend hours experimenting with different materials like
fibers and paper for creating found object jewelry. Sure, beading and beaded
jewelry will always be my great passion, but it's fun to try new techniques for
making mixed media jewelry from leftover fabric, fibers, and found objects that
make their way into my jewelry-making stash!
If you're interested in ways that you can use more mixed
media jewelry techniques in your beadwork, take a look at two of our blogs from
Beading Daily about some of my
favorite materials for mixed media beadwork, and a few easy ideas for
incorporating more mixed media techniques into your jewelry-making projects.
Once you're ready to get started with some easy mixed media
jewelry projects, you can try any of these four free projects!
If you think mixed media jewelry means that you
need to have a lot of fancy tools and supplies, think again. Linda Larsen's Cool
No Tool Bracelet used a pre-made leather bracelet, accented with fibers and
wire and charms, oh, my! This mixed media bracelet project can be customized
any way you want with your favorite charms, fibers, and scraps of wire. It's
perfect for using up the leftover bits and pieces in your bead stash, too.
Look at those epoxy clay ring bezels in a brand
new way with Mary Lynn Maloney's Easy Chic Ring Trio. Who knew that mixed media
ring projects could be so easy and so much fun?
Lindsay Burke's Buttercup Pin re-creates the
look of fabric jewelry by using vintage-inspired paper and resin in this unique
pendant! It's a great way to learn the basics of using two-part epoxy resin,
and the perfect gift for your favorite scrapbook enthusiast.
For a unique twist on recycled jewelry, try the
Recycled-bag Necklace by Aksoy Derya. I never would have guessed that recycled
plastic and pearls could look so chic together!
Find out why mixed media jewelry makes me feel like a kid
again, and give your inner jewelry-making child a chance to play with some of
these fun techniques for making handcrafted jewelry!
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