Did you know that paper, fiber, resin, and found objects can all be used to create fabulous, unique handcrafted ornaments without a lot of fuss? Check out these four free, easy projects to make necklaces, bracelets, pins, and rings, all made with materials you probably already have around the house! These four free mixed media jewelry projects are easy enough for beginners, and will help you discover a love for playing with different jewelry making techniques! And if you already love off-loom bead-weaving and bead embroidery, you’ll find creative ideas for ways to include mixed media jewelry-making supplies in your favorite beading projects. This kind of beading is something that anyone can do, no matter what kind of crafts you like to make.
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If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at crafting, but wasn’t quite sure where to start, these four free handcrafted jewelry projects will be the perfect way to learn some new, creative jewelry-making techniques. Discover new ways to use your favorite jewelry-making supplies like resin, paper, and even recycled materials to create unique handcrafted pieces. Get inspired with ideas for incorporating unusual materials in your bead embroidery and off-loom bead-weaving projects, too – these craft projects can be done with any medium.
Make a Leather Bracelet in 30 Minutes
Cool No Tool Bracelet by Linda Larsen
Crafting doesn’t require a lot of expensive jewelry-making tools and supplies to make fabulous jewelry. Linda Larsen’s Cool No Tool Bracelet uses a pre-made leather bracelet that you embellish with fibers, wire, and charms to your liking! Get creative and use up leftover beads and fibers from your crafting stash, and make a whole armful of these great bracelets to have on hand for last-minute gifts. Especially if you like to knit, crochet, or make wire jewelry, this handcrafted jewelry project comes together in a snap and looks like a million bucks.
DIY Epoxy Clay Rings
Easy Chic Ring Trio by Mary Lynn Maloney
If you’ve already succumbed to the lure of epoxy clay, you can use those bezels to make a trio of easy mixed media rings with the Easy Chic Ring Trio by Mary Lynn Maloney. Have fun playing with using all kinds of mixed media jewelry-making materials, and let your inner child enjoy this easy mixed media jewelry-making project. It’s the next best thing to almost-instant jewelry-making! Anything goes when you try your hand at this unique take on found object jewelry, and just imagine the compliments you’ll receive when you wear these unique rings.
Make a Brooch from Fabric and Paper
Buttercup Pin by Lindsay Burke
Textile jewelry has been popular for years, and you can re-create the look of this timeless technique by using your favorite scrapbook paper and resin with Lindsay Burke’s classic Buttercup Pin. This is the perfect way to experiment with your favorite techniques and jewelry-making materials to find out what they can do. This paper flower pin is a whole new way to look at two-part epoxy resin for your craft projects!
Make a Pendant from an Upcycled Plastic Bag
Recycled-bag Necklace by Aksoy Derya
Who knew what plastic grocery bags could look so chic? Aksoy Derya’s Recycled-bag necklace combines recycled plastic grocery bags with delicate freshwater pearls and chain to create a piece of found object jewelry that looks like it belongs in a high-end boutique. By mixing traditional jewelry-making supplies like freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstone beads with some innovative mixed media jewelry materials, you can create trendy upcycled necklaces.
You can use paper, fabric, beads, and found objects to make your own upcycled jewelry.
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