Of all the creative arts, jewelry making
is the one that has
always held a special place in my heart. It's not just about making great
handmade jewelry out of beads and other jewelry supplies, it's about creating
something that's unique and expresses your own personal artistic vision.
Jewelry making ideas can be found anywhere, from your own
backyard to exotic locations around the globe. And jewelry making supplies
aren't necessarily limited to things like beads and traditional jewelry
findings - jewelry making can include materials from other crafting mediums
like fibers, fabrics, and found objects. Jewelry making techniques can include
bead-weaving, bead stringing, or even mixed-media jewelry techniques like
resin. It's a great testament to the versatility of this universally-loved
We love jewelry making, too, so we put together a collection
of six of our favorite jewelry making instructions just for you to enjoy!
Whether you love bead-weaving or jewelry stringing, you'll find a combination of
techniques used in these free jewelry patterns for you to make.
Gemstone beads are a favorite jewelry making
supply of bead artists everywhere, and Jean Yates' Helen of Troy Bracelet uses
a handful of ethereal period and citrine briolettes with gold-plated accent
beads to create a stunning bead stringing project.
Some of the best jewelry making projects use a
variety of materials and supplies, like Tina Koyama's Earthy Collage Necklace.
This lightweight jewelry making project uses silk ribbons, brass chain, seed
beads, Lucite beads, and a brass filigree pendant to create a stunning
statement necklace that you'll barely know is there!
Make your own jewelry findings, or use pre-made
jewelry making supplies? You can do both when you make Jean Campbell's TV Star
Earrings. These great beaded earrings use a bead stitched "bead cap" to attach
to a pair of freshwater pearl ear posts. The perfect mix of handmade and
Dustin Wedekind's Klew Drop Necklace is a fusion
of stringing and stitching, two popular jewelry making techniques for seed
beaders. Combining seed beads, freshwater pearls, and accent beads in the
perfect colors to complement a handmade polymer clay focal bead, this jewelry
making project will teach you how to effectively create a color palette from a
favorite focal bead.
Metal chain is a favorite jewelry making supply
of mine, because it can be used in so many different ways! Judi Mullins' Crystal
Fusion Necklace combines a beautiful focal bead with strands of seed beads and
metal chain, accented with just a sprinkling of sparkling crystal beads.
One of the very first jewelry making projects I
ever made was Judi Wood's Bead Links Bracelet. This simple beaded bracelet
project mixes easy wire jewelry techniques with easy peyote stitch panels for
an elegant piece of wrist wear that can go anywhere!
No matter what you love about jewelry making, you're sure to
find some fun in these free jewelry patterns.
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