My Favorite Resources for Creating Outstanding Beaded Wedding Jewelry

Even though I still see a good foot or more of snow on the ground outside my window, the calender is telling me that it's almost spring — and that means it's almost time for wedding season! Up here in the Adirondacks, many couples choose to celebrate their wedding during the summer months when the trees are green and the mountain breezes are warm.

And just like picking a special place for a wedding, many brides these days are choosing to break from traditional wedding jewelry in favor of handmade beaded wedding jewelry using bead-weaving and mixed media jewelry making techniques. If you're planning a spring or summer wedding, now is the time to think about getting started on the handmade beaded wedding jewelry! Take a look at my top 5 picks for creating outstanding and unusual beaded wedding jewelry:

For the mixed media jewelry crowd, Cynthia Thornton's Enchanted Adornments provides a wealth of ideas and techniques for creating stunning handmade beaded wedding jewelry. Learn how to use resin, metal clay, wire, and found objects or special family photos to create keepsake wedding jewelry that can be handed down through the generations.
For those who prefer a more traditional yet fashion-forward look to their beaded wedding jewelry, the bead stringing projects in Stringing Style 2 will provide plenty of inspiration and instruction for creating the perfect finishing touch to any wedding ensemble.
So, you love bead-weaving, and want to create special wedding jewelry that includes precious found objects or tiny family heirlooms? The Art of Forgotten Things by Melanie Doerman is an exquisite beading book, full of ideas and techniques that will help you bridge the gap between seed bead patterns and mixed media jewelry. A personal favorite of mine, this is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to make personal beaded wedding jewelry.
If crystals and pearls are what you envision for your big day, the beading projects in Lisa Kan's Bead Romantique are timeless, classic designs that are perfect for any bride who wants to make her own bead stitched wedding jewelry.
For a more modern look to your beaded wedding jewelry, Kelly Wiese's A Beaded Romance serves up over two dozen beading projects that include crystals and pearls. Crafted with your favorite bead-weaving stitches, these seed bead patterns work just as well for bridal jewelry as they do for everyday wear.
And of course, what would a wedding be without beaded flowers? My own wedding bouquet was made from antique French beaded flowers, but if I had had a copy of Diane Fitzgerald's The Beaded Garden, I probably would have stitched up a wreath of beadwoven flowers to encircle my neck as well!

The way I look at it, any beading project can be turned into bridal jewelry. Here are a few tips for customizing your own beautiful beaded wedding jewelry:

  1. Think outside the box when it comes to color. Who says that beaded wedding jewelry always has to be white or cream or pink? Add a bold splash of your favorite colors to your handmade beaded wedding jewelry!
  2. Substitute freely. Not a fan of crystals? Use Czech glass beads. Add a more organic feel to your beaded wedding jewelry by using freshwater pearls instead of glass or crystal pearls, or use colored gemstones instead of round glass beads.
  3. Don't skimp on quality. When you're making your beaded wedding jewelry, use the best quality beads and findings that you can afford! You don't want your jewelry falling apart as you walk down the aisle! 

Making your own beaded wedding jewelry is a great way to end National Craft Month! And make sure you take advantage of our special discount code CRAFT30 at checkout to save 30% for a limited time on these and more great resources in the Beading Daily Shop!

Bead Happy,


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