Colorful Ideas, Multiple Techniques: 7 Tutorials for Making Flower Jewelry
Spring is almost here! And along with Easter and Mother’s Day, it’s bringing blooming trees and flowers with it. That means one thing for my studio. Spring cleaning? Nope! Flower jewelry!
I come by my flower passion honestly. Both of my grandmothers loved flowers and had them all over their houses, clothes, and yards. I grew up knowing the names of flowers as well as (maybe better than) the names of cartoon characters. So when I sit down at the bench to make jewelry, it usually results in flower jewelry designs.
My passion for flower jewelry isn’t limited to one technique or material, though. I cut flowers and petals from metal, and form flowers in wire. I layer leather flowers and enamel flower shapes. Sometimes I even find ways to incorporate metal, paper, and other flowers from the scrapbook section in my mixed-media flower jewelry. And I still wear my silver flower ring every day; it has developed a gorgeous patina since I made it and become the cornerstone design for a jewelry collection.
Want to join me in making flower jewelry to celebrate spring and all the lovely occasions it brings with it? Here are some flower jewelry designs to inspire you.
Metal Stamped Flower Jewelry
The metal stamped designs in Lisa Niven Kelly and Taryn McCabe’s book, New Stamped Metal Jewelry, amaze me. The precision! The detail! And they make it so easy with detailed instructions and tips.
I love the stamped mandalas and other designs, but I’ve got flower jewelry on my mind right now! Several designs from this book have floral or natural motifs (and others can, with your choice of metal stamps), but two really give me my flower fix. The stamped flowering vines on the Garden Cuff (above) are easy to modify with your favorite flower stamps. I can never pass up a stacked-petal ring, including this Flower Ring, which features mixed metals and rivets.
New Directions in Punched Metal Jewelry by Aisha Formanski is loaded with flower jewelry projects–and ones that can be made floral by choosing flowery stamps. This Harriet Bouquet flower necklace makes a statement that’s both bold and pretty.
Colorful Enameled Flower Jewelry
What mom wouldn’t love to receive a brightly colored enameled piece of flower jewelry for Mother’s Day? The Forest Nymph necklace from Mastering Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry can be as elaborate or toned-down as you like. Make all the enameled flowers you want; add beads per the instructions until it’s right for you–or your Mama!
Mixed-Media Flower Jewelry
Paper is probably my favorite medium for all crafts. From years of card making, scrapbooking, and jewelry making, I’ve amassed an impressive (or insane!) paper collection. Origami Jewelry by Julián Laboy Rodríguez allows me to combine two favorites–paper and jewelry making–into one fun technique. Bonus: These origami paper designs feature a few accent beads, perfect for showing off special or leftover low-quantity beads. That’s the case with this Double Necklace, featuring multiple Fractal Rose origami designs.
But honestly, by using flowered papers, any origami designs or “models” can become flower jewelry. Just hang the models on a chain, charm bracelet, or ear wires, and voila!
In Laura Beth Love’s Soldered Alchemy, we learn the popular technique of making broken china jewelry, among other soft-soldered designs. With this technique, you can revive bits of broken china into pretty flower jewelry, like this Pendant with a Past.
The Rose Ring, also from Soldered Alchemy, reminds me of my beloved silver flower ring mentioned above. I guess some motifs are just classic! I’ve never met a flower ring I didn’t like.
Get these flower jewelry tutorials and more in some of my favorite jewelry-making books!