DIY Necklace Design Idea

And speaking of necklaces, and like that: I love it when combining simple, “ordinary” elements can create such a lovely piece of jewelry. Like this one:

The necklace is made of simple, well-made black beads (in this instance they’re black hematite, but they could easily be onyx, or black glass, or ceramic). The idea is that the beads are strong, and simple, and don’t compete with the pendant. And the pendant is a fabulous bright red rhinestone oval that measures a bit over 1″ high. Not huge, but look at the impact!

That’s the beauty of designing your own jewelry – for yourself for gifts. You can customize colors, materials, and sizes – how bold you want to be, or how delicate. Do it yourself, save money, and make exactly what you want!

Glass teardrop pendants – on sale!

“On Sale” are pretty interesting words, right? Now this is a sale not everybody knows about – I figured you guys would like to hear. I have some gorgeous teardrop-shaped glass (rhinestone) pendants available in my shop – the pic here just shows a few examples (I love the colors though!)

For the rest of this week, through midnight on January 20, 2019, when you buy two of these gorgeous pendants – any two, your choice – you get the third one free. You just have to tell me which one.

Birthday presents? A gift for your mom? For your bestie? For you (equally valid!) – This is the time. Buy two, get one free. Love it!

Amethyst glass gems – the February birthstone

As long as we’re talking about birthstones and birthstone colors, you might want to be thinking a bit ahead – and making jewelry for your February birthday ladies 🙂 So I thought I’d show you some amethyst glass gems that would be fabulous for February gifts!p>

I’ll be putting up a few examples of do it yourself jewelry featuring amethyst rhinestones – just to add to the ideas I bet you’re already envisioning. So come back and check soon – there’ll be a sale or two as well!

Our goal for 2019: Do it yourself – and save – and give your loved ones gifts they’ll love!

Garnet glass gems for January birthday gifts

Just an FYI – garnet is the traditional birthstone for January. Garnets are not rare, but finding clean cut, non included garnets can be a challenge – and expensive. But the garnet rhinestones I have in my shop are beautifully faceted, versatile, and they’re super affordable too 🙂

These glass gems are wonderful for necklaces and earrings – and I’m almost always able to ship next day after you order, so there’s still time to get your January birthday present ready. Add your own creative touch, save money, and make a gift she’ll love. This is the way we like it!

P.S. I have a few more garnet rhinestones on the way – if there’s a style or shape you need and don’t see, drop me a note – I might have it already!

Do it yourself necklace design idea – welcome to 2019!

Happy new year! I hope you all had a fun New Year’s Eve, a peaceful New Year’s Day, and are all set for a fun 2019!

Hey, it’s a terrific goal. And of course I think that 2019 should include making your own jewelry – for yourself, for gifts, and for customers too. It’s so easy to get started, and it doesn’t have to cost a lot! Just for example, think how easy it will be to customize this do-it-yourself necklace design idea.p>

The pendant can be your customer’s favorite color – and the golden brass round tags, stamped with her initial. Add more than one, for her kids’ names! (Yes she’d love it!) Start with this basic design, and add your own creative ideas – make it your own!

Do it yourself – and save – and make people happy with their gifts and purchases! That’s a good goal for 2019, too 🙂

DIY earring design idea, with flowers!

This is another example of how useful jewelry components or ornaments can be – and how easy it is to use these brass flower links (the ornaments) to make pretty earrings!

You see what I mean 🙂 Sometimes we want to take the time and effort to make intricate, time-consuming jewelry. But sometimes we just don’t have the time or energy! And we still want to be able to give pretty gifts. So – personalize these earrings with custom colors. Make a gift for your mom, or your best buds, or for customers.

Easy to make jewelry with these pretty, affordable jewelry components – rhinestone (glass) teardrops paired with patina brass or golden brass flower links. Add earwires and you’re good to go!

DIY earring design idea – easy and pretty!

I deliberately chose “non Christmas” colors for this earring design idea, though of course earrings made with these rhinestone jewel clusters would be a wonderful Christmas present. I just wanted to illustrate the idea that pretty colors are good all year round! The main color here is peridot green, which is the August birthstone color – and terrific for springtime. But it’s a good color for fall, winter, and summer, too. I know you guys know this – gorgeous color is always in style!

I added an extra bit of color with the tiny (4mm) round stones – shown here in aqua and sapphire blue. I think this is a great way to personalize your earrings. If they’re a gift for a girlfriend (or your Mom!) – you could personalize with the birthstone colors of her kids. Or just use her favorite colors. A little detail like that makes these DIY earrings just an extra bit of special.

They’re already great – affordable and pretty and you made them. So a little bit extra special? Is just the icing on the cake!

Amethyst glass octagon jewels – vintage pendants and earrings

I am so happy I was able to get another supply of these fabulous amethyst purple vintage glass beads – this size and shape is hard to come by anymore. These are in great shape for their age (from the 1950s, if the packaging is accurate and I think it is – the paper they’re wrapped in pre-dated telephone area codes!)

The 16x11mm octagons are a terrific faceted shape – not too small, not too large, with wonderful faceting. And the color is wonderful – true amethyst, not too dark but still rich. I wish I could get every stne shape in this color!

Your bestie would love a Christmas gift made with these jewels. Or make a gift for your mom.  Or, hey, for yourself! 

Do it yourself necklace design idea

You know I’ve talked about how useful “ornaments” can be. In this context, ornaments are links or charms – components that you use in your jewelry design to add texture, shine, and a bit more complexity to boost your design up another level.

Case in point, this lovely do it yourself necklace design idea! 

I show a sheer sapphire blue rhinestone pendant here – you’ll use your favorite shape and color (or your customer’s favorite!) The textured brass flower is new in my shop and is a wonderful component used as an earring or pendant link (stay tuned, I’ll be showing some more cool ways to use these charms!)

Easy to use, customizeable, and affordable – this is the way it’s supposed to be!

Vintage glass teardrops – DIY pendants and earring beads

I totally lucked out, I’ve been able to resupply these adorable vintage black glass teardrops! I was almost out and thought I wouldn’t be able to get them again. But my Secret Stash Supply Guys were able to find some more, woo hoo!

These are petite, 14x10mm (that’s approx. 5/8″ x 3/8″) – perfect when you want a strong neutral that has presence but not a lot of weight (so, comfy earrings!)

black vintage glass 14x10 rhinestone teardrop pendants or earring jewels

These are great used “as is” for earrings or pendants, but they’re also fab when paired with strong color. Turquoise beads handwired to dangle from your pendant? Great. Red rounds? Check.

You get the idea. Neutral, or colorful – these are so useful! And they’re in great shape for their age (from the packaging, I think 1950s). Practically instant Christmas gifts? Super wear-them-tonight earrings? You got it!