Many have a fascination with all things Egyptian, from the pyramids to the mummies and even still others love the jewelry. Therefore, creating Egyptian jewelry is a passion and expressive art form that has very few limits other than the jewelry maker's imagination.
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Things you need
- Wire cutters
- Jewelry elastic
Decide on the type of jewelry you wish to make. Bracelets, necklaces, bangles and rings were popular forms of jewelry. Hair adornments were also popular. Then select the materials like the stones or gems you want to include. Egyptians use stones based on their color; for instance, a green mineral such as malachite symbolizes new life, crops and fertility.
Gather your materials and tools you need to create the jewelry. Wire cutters, scissors, stones, gems and Egyptian symbols are few basic things you need. Make a bracelet with copper or silver wiring and two green stones and an ankh. An ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol of life. Put the stones and ankh onto the wiring and close wiring or elastic banding by twisting or knotting it closed.
Alter traditional jewelry making ides or instructions by including traditional Egyptian symbols such as cartouche, ankh and scarab. Look for these symbols in traditional Egyptian materials such as alabaster, amethyst, beryl, breccia, feldspar, garnet, lapis, quartz, turquoise, silver, copper and, of course, gold.
Search for inexpensive materials or pre-made jewelry you can cannibalize for its components or technique. Artbeads sells a variety of beads and jewelry making materials as well as instructions. Ebay sells a variety of Egyptian reproduction jewelry at wholesale prices (see Resources).
Tips and warnings
- Visit museums or local libraries to view ancient Egyptian jewelry that both the common people and pharaohs wore.
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