Beat the End-of-Summer Blues With New Jewelry Making Projects

It’s that time of year: we’re anxiously awaiting my son’s back-to-school letters and supply lists from his teacher, but we still have a few precious weeks of summer vacation left. We’re in that weird in-between time, when the beginning of a new school year looms large, but we’re not quite ready to give up our warm summer sunshine and relaxed morning routines.

And at my house, we’re all about capturing great summer memories to get us through the long, cold winters here in upstate New York. Need a couple of great jewelry making ideas to help you hang on to summer a little bit longer? Try a couple of these!

Summer Memory Jewelry

1. Remember those machines that take a penny and turn it into a little keepsake? Since we live in an area where there are lots of tourists, there are a lot of those machines on Main Street. I’ll make a handful of these flattened pennies, punch holes in the top with my handy hole punch pliers, and wire them up for pendants, earrings, and charm bracelets.

2. If you have a special picture or image from your summer vacation, print it out on high-quality paper. Coat it with a sealant like Mod Podge, and place a blank glass cabochon on top to make a unique focal point for a bead embroidery project. Or, find a ready-made bezel and glue your cabochon down for almost-instant jewelry.

3. At the end of the summer, my son has almost always outgrown at least two or three t-shirts and jeans. Usually, I’ll donate his outgrown clothes to the local thrift shop, but if his jeans or shirts are just totally wrecked (he’s a very active kid!), I’ll make some fabric beads out of them.

4. For trips to the beach, take a tiny glass bottle pendant from Nunn Design and scoop a little bit of sand into it. Cork it, seal it, and hang it as a pendant with other beach-themed charms to help you remember your trip!

Of course, if you know how to use jewelry making supplies like resin and wire, you can do even more to capture your summer memories.

Ready to make some new jewelry to wear back to school? Looking for kid-friendly jewelry making projects to help you enjoy the last few sunshine-filled weeks of summer? Check out these two great video downloads from bead artist and art educator Candie Cooper! Rainy Day Projects with Candie Cooper has 3 easy jewelry making projects for kids of all ages – including their parents. And if you’re already thinking ahead to kid’s parties, you’ll love the tips and projects in Birthday Parties with Candie Cooper: Bead Crafts For Kids. Not only will you love the kid-friendly jewelry making projects in each video download, you’ll also love Candie’s tips and ideas for making your crafting sessions more enjoyable!

Do you have a favorite jewelry making technique that you use to preserve special summer memories? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share it with us!

Bead Happy,

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Jennifer

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