Six Free Jewelry Making Projects from Beading Daily
Of all the creative arts, jewelry making is the one that has always held a special place in my heart. It's not just about making great handmade jewelry out of beads and other jewelry supplies, it's about creating something that's unique and expresses your own personal artistic vision.
Jewelry making ideas can be found anywhere, from your own backyard to exotic locations around the globe. And jewelry making supplies aren't necessarily limited to things like beads and traditional jewelry findings – jewelry making can include materials from other crafting mediums like fibers, fabrics, and found objects. Jewelry making techniques can include bead-weaving, bead stringing, or even mixed-media jewelry techniques like resin. It's a great testament to the versatility of this universally-loved creative art!
We love jewelry making, too, so we put together a collection of six of our favorite jewelry making instructions just for you to enjoy! Whether you love bead-weaving or jewelry stringing, you'll find a combination of techniques used in these free jewelry patterns for you to make.
- Gemstone beads are a favorite jewelry making supply of bead artists everywhere, and Jean Yates' Helen of Troy Bracelet uses a handful of ethereal period and citrine briolettes with gold-plated accent beads to create a stunning bead stringing project.
- Some of the best jewelry making projects use a variety of materials and supplies, like Tina Koyama's Earthy Collage Necklace. This lightweight jewelry making project uses silk ribbons, brass chain, seed beads, Lucite beads, and a brass filigree pendant to create a stunning statement necklace that you'll barely know is there!
- Make your own jewelry findings, or use pre-made jewelry making supplies? You can do both when you make Jean Campbell's TV Star Earrings. These great beaded earrings use a bead stitched "bead cap" to attach to a pair of freshwater pearl ear posts. The perfect mix of handmade and pre-made!
- Dustin Wedekind's Klew Drop Necklace is a fusion of stringing and stitching, two popular jewelry making techniques for seed beaders. Combining seed beads, freshwater pearls, and accent beads in the perfect colors to complement a handmade polymer clay focal bead, this jewelry making project will teach you how to effectively create a color palette from a favorite focal bead.
- Metal chain is a favorite jewelry making supply of mine, because it can be used in so many different ways! Judi Mullins' Crystal Fusion Necklace combines a beautiful focal bead with strands of seed beads and metal chain, accented with just a sprinkling of sparkling crystal beads.
- One of the very first jewelry making projects I ever made was Judi Wood's Bead Links Bracelet. This simple beaded bracelet project mixes easy wire jewelry techniques with easy peyote stitch panels for an elegant piece of wrist wear that can go anywhere!
No matter what you love about jewelry making, you're sure to find some fun in these free jewelry patterns.