Post # 1
I was inspired to ask this because I saw another bride posting that she is doing her own jewelry and was looking for brooches. Who else out there is doing their own?
I took some classes on jewelry making at the beginning of the year and have been making jewelry as a hobby to prepare for my wedding. I’ve done a lot of wire wrapping so far but I’m going to be doing strings of Swarovski crystal pearls for the big day. I love the vintage look!
I’ll be saving anywhere from $25 to $100 compared to buying necklaces and earrings off of etsy. I think it makes a difference anyway! Funny enough its the shipping for the materials that costs the most since I usually have to visit two to three sellers to get everything at the best price- one from eBay, one from etsy, and maybe one from firemountaingems.com.
I’m also doing the jewelry for my BM and probably a bracelet for my stepmom, FMIL, and godmother.
Who else is doing their own? How long have you been making jewelry? What techniques and materials do you use? Does anyone want to post any pictures or share any resources for materials? I don’t have anything to post yet, sadly!
The only tidbit I can think to share- don’t buy beads from China if you are at all impatient! It took almost two months for me to receive some pearls from one eBay seller. It was a good bargain but I am just too impatient, lol!
Post # 3
i just posted the stuff i made for my girls. I bought all my supplies locally though, they are freshwater pearls and swarovski crystal beads and gold foil beads on the necklaces.
Post # 4
I was a jewelry desgner for 4 years (retired now). But I can chime in on this issue in terms of where to get supplies.
If you live near a major metro, find out where the jewelry district is and seek out wholesale outlets. Most of them will sell to you even without a wholesale license but you will have to pay tax and you *may* lose out on some discounts.
There are tons of great suppliers online as well. One of the biggest is FireMountainBeads.com. They deliver super fast and I never had any trouble with anything I ordered from them. They have a huge selection of gemstone, crystal, pearl, glass, plastic, metal beads and findings, even tools – a one-stop shop. Auntie’s Beads and Lima Beads are also great resources.
If you don’t want to buy online and there is no jewelry district near where you live, but there is a Michael’s and you don’t care about using "real" gemstone or crystal beads, they have an excellent selection of beads, many of which would be great for bridal jewelry.
Jewelrymaking is FUN (and addictive!). Even though I am out of business I would absolutely do all of my own and my bridal party’s jewelry if I were planning my wedding.
Hope this helps!
Everyone be sure to post photos of your creations, too, I would love to see them!
Post # 5
I made my own jewelry for prom, but you could do something similiar for a wedding. I used clear fishing line, pearl beads (mine were cheap plastic ones, but you could use something nicer for a wedding), and crimps (little metal bead things — I don’t know what else to call them — that you press closed with pliers), and a clasp. I put a crimp on the fishing line, pressed it closed, put on a bead, then put on another crimp. It made it look like the pearls were kind of floating around my neck (I made three strands). I also made matching earrings.
This picture isn’t very close, but you can kind of see it.
Post # 6
These are the first and only… so far… peices that I’ve made. So, quality isn’t that great yet, but I try!
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Post # 7
I’m going to be making jewelry for myself, my girls and possibly the moms… I’ve been making jewelry for 8 or so years now and love doing it! I buy most of my supplies wholesale, so that won’t help much – but a great place for higher end sterling and swarovski is artbeads.com – great selection and you can buy only what you need.
We still have to finalize dresses for everyone but me, so I haven’t started designing yet… but these are earrings I made to wear to a wedding last spring, and loved them. I will probably do something quite similar again for myself!
Post # 8
@mandalee0624 love that last pair of earrings! and the necklaces look totally professional too.
Post # 9
I went to a local bead store, and they actually put these earring together. The total cost was $30, which I thought was very reasonable.
Post # 10
I actually went to a local bead store and had these made. The total cost was $30, which I thought was very reasonable. I am wearing a floating pearl necklace that my daughters gave me for Mother’s Day. Sorry the picture isn’t too great.
Post # 11
I use Fire Mountain very frequently ($5 shipping is great and the more you buy the more of a discount you get), Art Beads regularly and go to my local bead shop if I want to buy smaller amounts (a single charm, 7 1/2" of a particular type of chain, ect.).
I’m definately still a novice but one of my best friends has been making jewelry for years and is always game to help me figure out how to put something together. She’s actually going to be helping me turn a necklace of my grandmother’s into my headpiece for the wedding!
Post # 12
I was thinking of making this but have now decided to go for earrings and no necklace. Still, maybe ill make it for my 2 bridesmaids as a gift.
Post # 13
I’m actually considering doing my own now. Not with crystals and all though. Ours is a rustic wedding… and I need a long necklace to break up the white of my dress – so I am thinking about crocheting a string of leather strap and fastening a piece of wood to the bottom as a charm. It’s a rustic wedding, to say the least. I’d love to make them for my MOHs too, but neither have similar taste as me… so I doubt they’d be all that into them. Now that I am thinking about it though, I’m sure my moms would both love them… I don’t know two months to go, I’ll figure it out!
Post # 14
Has anhyone ever made a necklace like this or have any idea of how to do so? Is this soldered? I’ve searched all over the internet for instructions on how to make necklaces like this and other rhinestone jewelry and there is not a lot of information on how to do so. Thank you, in advance!