Looking for new ways to express your unique personality? Nothing says it better than bead jewelry. Expressions of uniqueness is said even better if you can make your own jewelry. The fabulous world of beads is one of the most creative hobbies anyone can learn. There are many ways to express yourself and communicate with others using beads such as the process of creating, then wearing your creations, gifting your creations, and selling your creations.
Different people can wear the same bead necklace and express a completely different style or statement while wearing that same bead necklace. The memorable moments you make when gift giving your handmade bead jewelry is like the icing on a cake which provides a finishing touch that just pulls the entire process of communicating with bead jewelry together.
There actually is no end to the different looks a person can create with beads. Bead jewelry is classic and will be a staple in our environment for many years to come. Bead jewelry is not a fad that is here today and gone tomorrow. It will remain fashionable and stylish always. Bead jewelry will also always be one of the more subtle forms of communicating with others.
There is certainly no “shortage” on ideas for beaded jewelry. As you look at photos sharing what others have created and as you notice the bead jewelry others are wearing you will form mental pictures and brain files that will later be incorporated into your own designs.
Inspiration for bead jewelry creativity is all around us even in ordinary things we come across in our daily life. There are no rules for designing jewelry. There are specific techniques to aid you in your designs, but definitely not a single rule book about design. Design is just whatever your mind can imagine.
A mind set for enjoyable creative bead jewelry making to follow might be some of what follows:
Create what you like, there is sure to be someone else who will like it too.
Experiment with different types, textures, sizes of beads and jewelry components in one piece.
Use color combinations that create harmony, sort of like creating music with sounds that when put together all go together in some way or another.
Spacer beads, bead caps, connectors are pieces of little nothings until you use them creatively. When used creatively they jump to attention and all dance together in perfect form.
Find the beads “you” like the most and work with those. If you are always trying to figure out what “other people like” before you begin the creation processes, you most likely will miss part of the fun in a creative journey for yourself. Chances are more that there will be just as many other people who like what you like so then there you have discovered from others what they like as well. For those pieces you create that seem to not be liked as well by others, perhaps they are just for you instead. Hold these pieces closes to your heart as being “uniquely you.”
You can make a pretty bead necklace with one focus bead in the center and by varying the number of strands, length, color and shape of beads create totally different necklace designs. Necklaces can be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Asymmetrical necklaces are created by mixing up the beads or by ensuring that no two beads on the necklace are the same. Try something different on an asymmetrical necklace and use the same type of beads in different colors on each side.
One of my favorite kind of beads are the Czech glass pearl beads. MIx Pretty pink Czech glass beads with sparkling Swarovski faceted crystals to create a lovely opera length necklace. For another color and bead style variation of this same necklace, mix in some lavendar and mint glass crystal beads in cube, round and rondelle shapes.
Bead jewelry is not limited to necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Beautiful bead rings can be as simple as one row of beads strung on wire or thread and secured in a finishing triple knot to form a circle. Think of making a casual evening wear bracelet from pearls and rainbow glass crystals.
Simple watch bands are just not for the bead hobbyist. Watches come alive with bead bands. A bead watch band can be as simple as a couple rows of beads strung on wire or elastic stretch wire to multiple rows of mixtures of beads, connectors and jewelry components exactly the same as bracelets yet having your watch as the focal point instead of a bead centerpiece. The trick here is to choose colors, other jewelry components and a watch face that all harmonize together with each other.
Generally speaking if you wear a bead bracelet, your earrings and necklace should match and harmonize exactly with each other. You can wear a bead bracelet and earrings to match and skip the necklace or wear a necklace and earrings to match and skip the bracelet.
Few women are without pierced ears. At the very minimum in jewelry a woman will wear earrings. If you wear anything more than this, you should strive to have matching bead pieces.
I have a beautiful 3 piece set now in my shop at Etsy. This 3 piece set is made of antique copper buddy braids, and all jewelry components are in antique copper. The beads are Turquoise Czech Fire Polished and Gold Crystal Rondelles. This a gorgeous 3 piece bead set you can see at this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/203539076/carmilitas-three-piece-bead-sets?ref=shop_home_active_7
In this article I have shared with you some bead jewelry making ideas as well as a completed 3 piece set of beaded necklace, bracelet and earrings. The possibilities for designing bead jewelry is endless. The individual expression of personality as well as subtle communication with others while gift giving, creating, or wearing bead jewelry is priceless!
Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
Carmilita’s Earrings: https://carmilitaearrings.etsy.com
This is a 3 piece handmade bead set consisting of a Necklace, Earrings and Bracelet I added to Carmilita’s 3 Piece Bead Sets I am calling “Rosemary.”This a lovely set to wear for fall especially but can worn anytime throughout the year. Rosemary would make a wonderful Christmas gift.
The necklace is 22 inches long.
The bracelet is approximately 8 inches long
The earrings hang about one inch from the hook
26 inches of Antique Copper-Colored 0.35 mm Buddy Braids
1 Antique Copper 17mm Toggle Clasp
2 Antique Copper 2x1mm Crimp Beads
2 Antique Copper 4mm Crimp Covers
22 Antique Copper 6x13mm3-Branch Bead Caps
24 Antique Copper 3x4mm Thick Rondelle Metal Beads
22 Antique Copper 2x6mm Beaded Rondelle Metal Beads
24 Antique Copper 4mm Ridge3d Round Metal Beads
11 Turquoise 12 mm Czech Fire Polished Bead
36 Gold 8x5mm Glass Crystal Rondelles
Rosemary’s Price: $60 (includes shipping and one free surprise gift)
Purchase Rosemary here: Carmilita’s Earrings