Fun Ideas For Fun Fall Bead Stringing Projects

Am I creating even more autumn jewelry-making projects this week? Oh, yes! You better believe it! I've always been drawn to gemstones with earthy colors, and I allow myself a little indulgence during the months of September, October, and November to make some elegant gemstone jewelry with them. What's on my bead mat this week? A few very cool gemstone jewelry stringing projects, that's what!

I decided to go through my (extensive) stash of beads and findings and use up some of these beads that I've been hoarding for what feels like a really long time. I also gave one old necklace a remake, and I even allowed myself a little splurge and bought a new strand of gemstones to celebrate autumn's return. Take a look at what I strung up on a rainy, chilly autumn afternoon last weekend.

First up was this copper and jasper necklace. Technically, it's not bead stringing, unless you count the puffy jasper coins that I strung on short lengths of copper wire and connected with simple loops. I've had those copper leaves in my bead stash for years — probably since just after my son was born almost 7 years ago — and I thought it was time they came out to play!

Because I was completely out of cool copper clasps (beading emergency!), I pilfered a couple of end loops and an S-hook from a piece of copper chain that had also been languishing in my stash. I have to admit, I was pretty pleased with the way it looked to finish the whole necklace.

While combing through my drawer of gemstones, I found this strand of beads. I've had these for so long, I can't remember if they're gemstones or glass, but it didn't really matter. A few gold-filled 3mm round beads and some fancy Bali-style antique gold spacers, and I strung a rich autumn-colored bracelet. The pretty Claddagh clasp from TierraCast was the perfect finishing touch.
Because I loved the texture provided by the round gold beads and the Bali-style spacers in the bracelet so much, I decided to add that same texture to a strand of carnelian leaves I scored from A Grain of Sand. Instead of sticking with the usual autumn red-gold-brown colorway, I threw in some 4mm unakite beads and finished this one with an elegant filigree box clasp.

And because the grey, dreary, silvery sky inspired me to think ahead a bit to the holidays, I decided to use a strand of round druzy quartz to make a special party-worthy necklace. I used a handful of 10mm crystal bicones and a few sterling silver round beads for accents, and finished the whole thing with a brushed sterling silver tab clasp. I love the way the frosted (etched) surface of the round druzy beads looks with the subtle sparkle of the crystal bicones.

Last but not least, I gave this rutilated quartz necklace a nice makeover. I made the original over ten years ago, but decided that I wanted to freshen it up a little for autumn. I added some new sterling silver spacers, changed the pattern of the beads, and even had a few beads left over to make a pair of earrings! Rutilated quartz has been a favorite gemstone of mine for a long time, for its natural beauty and for the belief that it can help move energy that feels "stuck" or stagnant.

Ready for more great bead stringing projects to carry you through autumn and into winter looking stylish and feeling beautiful? Look through the pages of Jewelry Stringing magazine for dozens of great bead stringing ideas! You'll find all the resources you need to find the perfect beads and findings, get business advice from a successful jewelry artist, see illustrated bead stringing tutorials, and more. Make sure you subscribe to Jewelry Stringing magazine today and get year-round ideas and inspiration to keep your fingers busy at your bead board.

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

P.S. That awesome Mookaite Sunset necklace pictured at right here was designed by our very own Ashley Lauwereins, from the Interweave marketing department! Gorgeous work, Ashley!

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