Ideas for Making Your Own Beaded Jewelry

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Ideas for Making Your Own Beaded Jewelry
Strands of beaded jewellery (women"s necklaces image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

It's easy to create beaded jewellery to release your inner creativity and express your personal style. Of course, you'll also save a bundle by forgoing many jewellery store purchases. There are a many types of beads--natural stone, crystal glass, hand-painted wood or decorative ceramic--to create the look you want. Once you learn how to crimp a bead around wire, tie a knot in elastic cord and make a simple wire loop, you can design and create your own distinctive jewellery using a variety of bead combinations.

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Necklaces

Create a dazzling crystal beaded necklace with 8mm faceted crystal beads in a rainbow of colours, flanked on each side by one colour of 4mm faceted crystals for the length of the necklace strand. Select a crystal prism drop pendant as the centrepiece of the design.

A chunky necklace for a casual outing can be made using large hand-painted wooden beads, separated by metal bead spacers. The metal accent will add dimension to the design.

Make a beaded chain necklace pattern by stringing seed bead circles and then connecting them one to the other as you would the lengths of a chain. You can use a variety of seed bead colours to make an eclectic design, or use all one colour for a monochromatic look. The individual seed bead circles can be all one size, or you can make some circles more elongated than others for a more dramatic effect. Make one continuous chain that will fit over your head so that the pattern is not disturbed by a clasp.

Bracelets

Gemstone chip beads to suit your style make a striking beaded bracelet. Gemstone chips are real polished rocks with holes pre-drilled for making jewellery. Design your own gemstone bracelet from your birthstone or by separating the gemstone chips with small crystal beads. Since gemstone chip beads are made from natural stones, the sizes will vary, giving your design added interest and dimension.

Dangle 4mm crystal bicones, rounds or ovals from a chain link bracelet for a design that dances with colour. Use headpins and jump rings to attach the beads to the chain.

Make a simple pearl bracelet with 6mm glass pearls, separated by knots for the length of the bracelet. Punctuate the design with a random 6mm crystal for impact.

Make a cuff bracelet by stitching an even count peyote pattern that's 4 inches wide. Use different colours of seed beads to create an image, or simply alternate the colours in each row for a striped effect.

Earrings

Make your own dangling earrings with 4mm crystal beads and headpins in varying lengths. Dangle three to seven beaded headpins ranging from 1/2 inch to 2 inches long from the same earwire. The beaded headpins will swing back and forth as you wear them.

If you prefer a simpler design, fill one headpin with 4mm to 6mm beads and hang it from an earwire. A fully beaded headpin does not swing as much as one with only one bead, so the design is more sedate.

Create chandelier beaded earrings by dangling beads from metal earring findings. Findings are available in a variety of designs; most have at least three tiny loops so you can hook beads attached to beading wire or a headpin.

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