I made some jewelry. (plus a guest post)

I use the word “made” in a very loose sense. If I can make jewelry, than anyone can. These consisted of gluing stuff,  opening and closing jump rings, etc. That I can handle. Although I did once take a jewelry class in high school where I actually soldered and stuff, it was quite fun but I made the ugliest stuff.

The two necklaces on either end were made with these awesome frames I bought on Etsy-the red one is just a scrap of fabric and the other one I’ll tell you about below…the other pendants and chains were purchased at Joann’s or Michaels and I simply created a chain with a closure and attached the pendants-easy peasy and pretty inexpensive.

This little baby…I embroidered with a simple little design. I have plans for a few more-mustard yellow is involved!

These rings I made with some adjustable rings purchased on Etsy, and vintage buttons and flower cabochons-glued on with some E-600 glue. Also, feeling the easy and peasy.

These earrings are my favorites! I purchased some beads and pretty danglies on Etsy, then some earring hooks, and slipped them on. Done and done. I made all 7 pairs of danglies in like 5 minutes. The bronze and navy blue posts were made with cabochons and vintage buttons.


Also, in other jewelry making news-I made a fun painted bead necklace for Sweet Rose Studio’s Handmade Holiday series. SO check it out-yo.  
UPdate: below is the tutorial!
This chunky bead necklace is quick, easy, and oh so adorable. 
You’ll need:
large wooden beads (I got mine for about $4 at Joann’s)
spray paint 
foam (I got mine at the dollar store)
bamboo skewers
1/4″ satin ribbon
First, for each bead, insert two bamboo skewers into the hole. One was too skinny, but two worked great! Stick the other end into the foam.

Spray paint them! Make sure to cover all the angles, and paint light, thin coats to avoid drippage and splotchiness. (both are ugly!) I flipped my beads over once they dried and got the bottom side as well.

Let them dry completely.

Cut your ribbon…you can have it be as long as you like, of course. I cut  mine to be about 30″ long.

Heat seal (with a lighter, carefully!) the ends of the ribbon, then push it through each bead til you have as many as you want on the necklace. The stiff edge from the lighter will help this.

Then tie a knot (or double knot to keep beads from slipping off) on either side of the two end beads.

Tie it around your nearest cutie and admire!

This is perfect for big girls, too!

Comments

  1. Gorgious stuff, well done!!
    Esther.

  2. How fun! I need to give jewelry making a go!

  3. I love them!

  4. Love it all. Man maybe I should make myself some jewelry!

  5. Thanks Jess. I had to pick up the slack on my husband’s blog best iphone 4 apps while he was down sick. I am not a gamer and know nothing about apple apps. So needless to say it has been a stressful week. Thanks for keeping me sane with your great post. I always enjoy reading your blog.

  6. You did such a great job! Making jewelry is actually really fun. I love all that you made. Especially that embroidered necklace. Great job!

    justenoughstyle.blogspot.com

  7. Pretty! And I really like that picture of Sadie. :)

  8. Beautiful stuff!! I love that picture of Sadie, too. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love it all!! You did a great job :)

  10. Olá querida, tudo bem?

    Eu adorei tudo. Aquele colar bordado

    é muito lindo. E os brincos menores

    são os meus preferidos. E aquela

    princesinha com o colar de bolas

    é muito linda.

    um beijo

    Regina Célia

  11. I Love Love those dangling mustard yellow earrings. where did those beads come from?! It’s all really cute stuff! Are you using them as gifts or all for you?

  12. You’re right. It is easy to make jewelry. But not everyone has an eye for making beautiful jewelry. That’s where the talent comes in. And you’ve got it. Love it all. :)

  13. Love the earrings! and the model too!

  14. I love all of your jewelry – esp the red and turquoise! {Cute!}

  15. Super cute jewelry, Jess! Makes me wish I could wear earrings again!

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