So I’ve been on a little bit of a jewelry kick lately. I love the concept that you can double the options of your wardrobe without purchasing any new clothing (changing the look of your outfits with jewelry).
First I made this necklace. I saw the idea for it on an picture up on the wall at Michael’s. I basically used the beads shown as well as a antique nickel looking chain and some jump rings to connect the beads to the chain. I liked the dis symmetry of it, and the fact that there is only one of the shiny oblong looking bead at the bottom of the necklace.
I went to a local specialty bead store that we have in town. I was amazed that I could spend a small amount on two beads and use existing wire I have to get a pair of earrings!
To make the earring hooks, I used a Thing-a-ma-jig. Here is the pattern for earring hooks. There are TONS of ideas on that website how to make jewelry objects with the wire jig. I bought one a long time ago and I wanted an excuse to actually use it. I’m trying to get better at using what I already have. For the earrings shown below I used 18 gauge wire. The wire is plated, not solid sterling silver. I really liked the flower beads, they go with everything.
The next earrings were also made with beads I got at the specialty bead store. I used solid sterling silver 26 gauge wire for this pair. I liked how the beads look like rough cut glass.
And finally another necklace. I bought the chain at Hobby Lobby and the beads and flower closure at the specialty bead store. To connect the beads to the necklace, I used straight stainless steel wire with a tiny ball on the end.
Last but not least I made a bird’s nest ring. I made this earlier in the spring this year, I was craving something to make that was spring-like. I used 16 gauge wire for the ring. To make the ring, I went to Hobby Lobby and fit one of my existing rings onto a dowel rod. I found a dowel rod that was an exact fit to my ring and now use it to wrap wire or other material around to make a ring that fits my finger. I wrapped the beads on top of the ring and then wrapped 28 gauge wire around many, many times until I thought it looked enough like a bird’s nest.
I bought some beads 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby so I hope to make some more jewelry in the near future to share with you. If you’ve found any good tips on making jewelry, please share!