(Closed) Jewelry making bees! Advice?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve seen necklaces like that in stores that are basically just beads or crystals sewn or glued onto cut felt. That’s what keeps it lying flat. Is should be pretty easy to make.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Do you have any bead shops in town? They usually have introductory classes on basic jewelry making skills and on average cost about $30 or so.

I’ve also seen kits at Michael’s to make bib necklaces similar to Britney’s, though slightly less blingy. Perhaps you could get one of those kits and figure out how they’re made, then venture out with your own fabric and jewels and make your own. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Joann also has classes.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Silk can be pretty sturdy. I would know, my dress was made of it and it weighed a ton! There are plenty of iron-on nettings and backings on the market that you can use to reinforce the wrong side of the material for structural support and to provide a good base for sewing the crystals on.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Silk… or if it works use a thick leather and not felt.  (felt might not stand up for this large of an object and might not hold it’s own if you are moving around a lot) How about using a b-dazzler?  I don’t have any experience with this but it doesn’t hurt to look into it.  Most Craft stores have some sort of jewels (either beads or stick on types).  If I were making it I would find the stick on type and us a clear durable glue (gorrila glue, super glue, ect)

Good luck!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

what this looks like diy would be a good bead store in your area, reinforcing the delicate material you want to use with felt or something sturdier and then sewing the jewels on or bedazzling them.

I haven’t made anything in quite a while,but that is what I would have done, with cheap materials first as a practice run. I’ve been thinking about making my bm’s jewelry, actually since I want onyx and am just as decent as half the sellers on Etsy.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh! Another suggestion is if you find a bead shop, take a bead embroidery class. It will teach you how to sew beads to fabric.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

That’s such a great find! I put that in my favorites to think about for engagement photos. I wish I had a longer neck for necklaces like this on a norm :/

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@natbug21: If you go with Swarovski, look at the bead shops online for the best prices. Avoid eBay because half of them are fakes.

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