Post # 1
I like to think of myself as a pretty crafty person, but jewelry is one thing that scares me! I really want to learn how to make some though because bridal jewelry is so expensive. Can any give me any tips, advice, how-tos?
I’ve attached pictures of things I’m wanting to make. The first three I’m wanting to make for bridesmaid bracelets and the last one would be my bridal earrings. 🙂 Let me know what you think! Also, what pieces do I need? Since I have no idea what I’m doing, I literally need a break down of each piece.
Post # 3
I recently made my own necklace for my wedding using pearls and a $5 brooch from ebay. I don’t know much about the other pieces, but for the pearl items you will need beading wire of a fairly high gauge. I believe I used 28 guage. You will also need crimping beads and jewelry pliers. I can’t help you with the other items unfortunately. This is the necklace I made:
Post # 4
That multi-strand pearl bracelet will be the easiest! You can find basic beading tutorials on youtube, firemountaingems.com also has some tutorials and is a great supplier. Buy different size glass pearls and string them on nylon or tigertail, make a few different strands of these, then attach each strand to the same clasp. The basic things you’ll need to string beads are the beads, something strong but flexible to string them on (not thread; tigertail or nylon are good flexible choices), crimps and something to squeeze the crimps with (you loop the end of the string through the crimp and smash the crimp so the beads can’t fall off), jump rings (what you use to the clasp to the loop of the string that formed when you crimped it), and a clasp.
As for the top bracelet, you can buy metal pieces at any craft store like JoAnn or Michael’s that look like the triangle piece, then buy a resin flower and use a very strong glue to attach it. Then either solder or glue that to a bracelet. They have a ton of resin flowers and other supplies you might need here http://www.sunandmooncraftkits.com/resin-flowers.html
You may be able to find things pre-strung like the bracelets in the Pemberley Collection photo; otherwise you’d have to put each glass pearl on a piece of wire or head pin and curl the ends then attach those wires, very labor intensive. The earrings at the bottom would be the most difficult to make I think; you’d have to buy the metal components then find gems to set in the cabochon, very hard to do at an amateur level and have come out looking very nice. You’re probably better off purchasing a piece of costume jewelry like that from somewhere like Kohl’s or JC Penney; it would probably be less expensive than making it yourself!
If you have a local bead store, they might be able to help you out as well. Here’s a tutorial that might give you an idea of how to get started stringing beads: http://www.sunandmooncraftkits.com/resin-flowers.html Good luck!
Post # 5
@hlayers: That is beautiful! Thanks for the tips! 🙂
@MadameX: Thanks for all those resources!! I’ll have to look into them when I get home. Very helpful! 🙂
Post # 6
A few more ideas about the first one –
You should be able to find filigree cuffs on Ebay or Etsy (or jewelery making supply sites) –
Then you just need resin flowers (the sun and moon link above is a good source, I have used their supplies. Just make sure you measure your bracelet to get the right size flower).
Finally, an adhesive like E-6000 or the like and you should be good to go on that one.
The bracelets are lovely, I am sure they will come out great!