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Monday, May 20, 2013

ABC's of Creativity - J is Jewelry

Whether you started with a pasta necklace for your mom as a child or with Swarovski crystal necklace as a bride-to-be, jewelry is likely what got you started working with beads.

Here is a look at some favourites and lesser known jewelry styles, with tips and ideas to make them your own.

Start at the top, hair jewelry or accessories have become very popular thanks to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Combining the needed comb or clip with wire and crystals you can make elegant fascinator or hair comb.

Feather Fascinator (free instructions)
Pinch and twist method (beaded by M. Rypan)
As worn by the bride with veil
Pink Plumeria Hair pin (beaded by S. Alfano)
For something more elaboret you might what to try a tiara. There are metal forms to serve as the base for a tiara. You can then use the pinch and twist technique to add crystals, pearls and beads to create your one of a kind headpiece.

Cream Pearl Swarovski Tiara from Making Jewellry Magazine (project instructions)
Here is a video from Beads Direct showing how to make your own tiara.

Now let's look at earrings. They range from simple, a bead on a head pin or wire hoop, to an elaborated beadwoven design.
Lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals, beaded by J. Woolverton
Lucite Calla lilies and Swarovski crystals, beaded by J. Woolverton
Crystal drops embellished with no, some or lots of tiny pearls and crystal.  (Collaboration by M. Rypan & J. Woolverton)
Swarovski Dangle Earrings, beaded by M. Rypan
Netted Diamond Earrings, beaded by M. Rypan

Obelisk Earrings, mini & maxi using Swarovski crystals, pearls or fire polished beads, beaded by M. Rypan
Mini-Radiant Sun Earring, beaded by M. Deeb
Class Act Chandleir style earring, beaded by S. Dixon
Now onto necklaces. A question often asked about making necklaces, other then techniques, is about the lengths for various styles. 
Guidelines for necklace lengths
These are of course a good starting point that may need to be adjusted for the wearer.

Gothic Cross pendant and choker, beaded by M. Rypan
Netted Diamond Collar, beaded by M. Rypan
Using an extender chain will allow the necklace to be worn at just the right length.

Looped Net Collar, beaded by J. Woolverton
Polka Dot Heart "Y" style necklace, beaded by J. Woolverton

Rope length pearl necklace, beaded by J. Woolverton

Rope length necklace doubled around to be choker, beaded by J. Woolverton
Electric Circus lariat, beaded by K. Harris
interesting idea found on pinterest
 Brooches and pins are another style of jewelry that can be fun to make as well.
Tussie Mussie pin, beaded by K. Naray
Blue Star pin, beaded by M. Rypan

Poppy Pin, beaded by K. Slade
Zinna Flower pin, beaded by J. Power
Bracelets range from simply strung beads to detailed bead embroidered or beadwoven cuff. Here are some great tips for ensure that it will fit the intended wrist.
Lizzie's Trio, child size bracelets, beaded by J. Woolverton
Rypan Designs' Crystal Elevation, beaded by J. Woolverton

MAD Designs' Queen Anne's Lace Cuff, beaded by J. Woolverton
Marilyn Gardiner Design's Elf Weave Chain Maille, made by J. Woolverton

Bollywod Chic Chicklet Bracelet, beaded by J. Woolverton
Interchangable cuff, beaded by J. Power
Rings can be quick and simple or detailed and statement pieces.

Daisy Stitch Ring, beaded by J. Woolverton
Quetzal Ring (From Beaded Opulence), beaded by J. Woolverton
Why not make a special piece of jewelry for someone!!

Happy Beading!


  1. Great job picking out examples for the different styles of jewelry from top down. Fabulous ideas!

  2. crystal based jewellery sets like Crystal pendants, Shopping Online, earrings, bracelets and swarovski crystal brooches are best for any occasion either anniversary or gifts.

  3. Great survey, I'm sure you're getting a great response.
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