Make Flower Jewelry Designs for a Studio Full of Blooms
Cheerful colors, delicate petals, and beautiful scents—what’s not to love about flowers? I grew up playing in my grandmother’s garden and know the names of flowers as well as my own name. Peonies, roses, lilacs, hydrangeas, hyacinths, camellias, irises, daffodils . . . I can list dozens that I love but couldn’t possibly pick a favorite. (Though if I had to, it would probably be a peony like the unusual pink one, above, I enjoyed smelling at my Dad’s house this weekend.) It’s no wonder that flower jewelry is a common theme in my work.
If you love flowers, too, and are enjoying a bloom-filled Spring wherever you are, join me in being inspired by some fresh flower jewelry projects.
Wire Flower Projects
The Vining Pendant Project by Deborah Gray-Wurz debuted in the Step by Step Wire Jewelry June/July 2011 issue. The wire vine and branch are easy to make and provide a base for showing off a few special or leftover beads or crystals.
Alternately, Janice Peck’s Vining Necklace Project (from Step by Step Wire Jewelry, December 2014/January 2015) uses wire in big, bold flower shapes just accented with beads at the flower centers.
Keeping with the big wire flower theme, the Rustic Flower by Katarzyna Gwardiak-Jones is a simple, whimsical version that even the newest wireworkers can achieve. It was first published in the August/September 2012 issue of Step by Step Wire Jewelry.
Alice Garfield also got the memo that wire flower jewelry is a perfect spring and summer accessory. Alice’s Abstract Sakura Necklace project was first published in the Step by Step Wire Jewelry April/May 2011 issue and makes beautiful use of the same dogwood-style flower in two shapes.
All of these wire flower projects are open, light, and airy—which makes them ideal for wearing in warmer weather.
Colorful Flower Jewelry Projects
If you prefer a little color—or a lot of color—these two flower designs are for you:
Kirsten Denbow’s Torch-Fired Enamel Floral Necklace is beginner friendly and a perfect way to capture the endless colors of real flowers in flower jewelry. It was first featured in the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist April 2016 issue.
There’s no end to the flower components and kind-of-resembles-a-flower pieces you can stack into Kate Richbourg’s colorful Riveted Flower Rings. You can even cut shapes from recycled drink cans to serve as flower shapes in this project from Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Feb/Mar 2011.
How to Make Versatile Silk Flowers
For adding to a necklace cord or leather bracelet, for pinning in your hair or on your dress, for accenting your purse, belt, or shoes. . . . I could go on and on about all the pretty ways to use Heidi Boyd’s handmade silk flowers in jewelry and accessories. You can make them using silk in any color you can find–or dye yourself, to match wedding colors and other fashions.