Blue zircon rhinestone octagons for DIY jewelry designs

I recently got in some new blue zircon rhinestone octagons in petite 10mm x 8mm size. These are perfect for glass connectors in two-ring prong settings – they’re also adorable small pendants and earring drops. And this gives you a size comparison for the three sizes I have in stock.

blue zircon rhinestone octagons in three sizes.... available at weekendjewelry1.etsy.com

Partly the pic just helps to show scale. How big IS the 18x13mm size compared to the 10x8mm? Well you can see that here. You can also play with ideas, of combining the small stones with one larger centerpiece, for example…. or use all three sizes in a fantastic pendant or pair of earrings… or, well, you get the idea. Play with jewelry design ideas! Your imagination is free – and the stones are pretty inexpensive too 🙂

Sheer rhinestone beads and jewels for DIY jewelry

Here are some new (and some restocked!) vintage and new glass jewels in my shop – yes, they’re just in time for summer. But also? Pretty Fall 2018 jewelry designs!

sheer glass beads and jewels for DIY jewelry designs

Don’t you love the colors? I swear, more and more I am leaning toward pure tints, unfoiled stones – so I can really see the colors. Of course that can vary with each design, and every woman that wears these might see them differently – but I think we can all agree, we love beautifully faceted stones for earrings and necklace designs. Pure color is pretty terrific. Affordable stones is even better 🙂

(PS And there are more on the way – stay tuned or better yet, ask to see the colors YOU want to use in your designs!)

DIY earring design idea with amethyst teardrops

Amethyst rhinestone teardrops combined with sparkling crystal rounds – in clear crystal, or colors – are a classic earring design. They’re also easy to create – and change to suit your own taste. These are just a few examples 🙂

amethyst rhinestone teardrops with crystal rounds for a DIY earring design idea

DIY earring design idea featuring amethyst purple teardrops and aqua round jewels

DIY earring design featuring rhinestone teardrops and crystal rounds in fuschia pink

You see what I mean? Different color combos – and each looks great – so you know you can match your prom dress, bridesmaid colors, or just choose your favorite!

That’s what DIY jewelry is all about – make what you want, the way you want it, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money!

Black diamond and black glass beads – BOGO!

And I just wanted to show you how terrific black – and black diamond – can look when paired together. Simple, neutral, fabulous!

black glass beads paired with black diamond glass  ...available at etsy.com/shop/weekendjewelry1

You see what I’m saying? It doesn’t have to be fussy or expensive. Do it yourself – save money – look great.

Love it!

PS And just because – my BOGO sale, buy one pair get one free, is extended through May 10, 2018 (midnight). Don’t wait – it’s only good for current supplies – but hey, saving money is good, right?

Earring design idea and a BOGO sale

Yes, another one (these are fun!) I’m posting a pic showing a glass jewel combo that I think of as “summer jewels”. The white teardrops are vintage glass made in post-war Japan – I just found a packet I had stashed and lost! I know that never happens to you guys, right? You put something somewhere so it’ll be safe and findable, and then forget where you put it? Yeah. So anyway: white teardrops, clean lined and beautiful. Pair the white jewels with these aqua (light turquoise) rivoli faceted glass connectors and voila, white and turquoise – a classic summer color combination. And you’ve got a great pair of summer earrings 🙂

DIY earring design idea using white vintage glass teardrops and aqua rivoli faceted glass connector jewels

So here’s the deal. Buy either of these jewel styles, and you get a second pair of jewels free – equal or lesser value and all that. In practice, it means that if you buy the white teardrops, you can get the aqua glass connectors for free! Or choose another color – take a look around my shop and I bet you’ll find some that’ll be perfect for you.

The BOGO offer is just till the end of this week (from today, April 3, 2018, until midnight on Saturday, April 7, 2018) so don’t wait too long. And have fun!

PS Come to think of it – these white teardrops, paired with crystal clear sparkly glass beads instead of the aqua, would be gorgeous for bridal earrings. Just thought I’d mention it 🙂

New DIY earring design idea – sapphire glass teardrops with amethyst and aqua

Recently we’ve been talking about delicate spring colors and bridal jewels, which all are wonderful. But I did want to point out that rich color, deep sapphire blue for example, looks just fabulous all year round. Including in springtime. Sapphire blue (and aqua, as shown here) is for bridesmaids, too. And hey, for brides, if you’re not a clear-crystal-diamond traditionalist.

DIY earring design idea featuring sapphire rhinestone teardrops paired with amethyst and aqua glass jewels

In other words, when you make your own jewelry, you can make just what you want! Including glass teardrops, rhinestone jewels, and stunning combos of colors in your favorite style and shades. That’s what DIY is all about.

Well, that and getting what you want, when you want it, and not even having to spend a lot of money. How cool is that?

DIY necklace design – classic and simple

Here’s a great example of how a classic design can make a beautiful piece of jewelry. Yes, it’s fun and often gorgeous to use intricate, complex designs. But clean-lined simplicity works beautifully too!

DIY necklace design with vitrail teardrop pendant

See what I mean? When the centerpiece – your focal jewel – is as pretty as this one, you don’t need to fuss. This doesn’t take a lot of work, and you don’t have to spend tons of money. Pick the color(s) you like best, use a simple chain, and voila: a beautiful necklace. That’s one of the joys of do it yourself jewelry!

DIY Earring Design Idea (and an extra gift!)

I’m just loving the combo of delicate colors with crystal rhinestone jewels – they look like Spring to me, and they’re so easy to wear – flattering and girly. See what you think of this DIY earring design idea!

DIY earring design idea with crystal rivoli rhinestones and sheer light amethyst teardrops

The jewels are small(ish), so this combo is lightweight and comfortable. I sketched it with golden settings but of course silver (silver plated brass settings, made in the USA, and they’re real quality) would work too. I’m just liking the golden brass color for Springtime….

Light amethyst purple, sparkling crystal, and a touch of golden brass. Doesn’t that sound like a pretty combo? Take the idea and run with it – make it your own – that’s what DIY is all about 🙂

(And mention this blog post if you go to buy these components – you’ll get an extra gift!)

DIY necklace design – classic octagon necklace

This really is a classic design – adapted for the gorgeous colors and strong shapes of these rhinestone octagon jewels. You don’t need a lot of fuss – you do need components that will carry your design beautifully.

vivid sapphire blue and emerald green octagons necklace design idea

Like these! The style is simple – strong faceted glass gems, in a repeated design. But the color and size of these jewels make it much more than “minimalist”. And of course you can take this idea and run with it.

That’s what DIY jewelry is all about – your own creative design, affordable components, personalized colors and style. And making exactly what you want!

DIY earring design – brass filigree with colorful beads

This is one of my favorite ideas when I make jewelry for myself (or for customers): use a lot of color. Play with new combinations, shapes, and materials. Don’t spend a fortune. Have FUN with these DIY jewelry designs!

DIY earring design with colorful glass beads

The link is to the rhinestone beads and jewels in my shop, because these affordable faceted glass gems are the cornerstone of a lot of beautiful jewelry designs. I’ve got a lot of colors and shapes – and if there’s something you’re looking for and can’t find, please drop me a note. I might have some stashed (or know where you can find some)!

I’m going to be trying a lot of fun new designs – and I’ll show them here, to maybe spark an idea or three among you all. If you think of a fun new combo, maybe you could send a pic and share?

That’s half the fun right there! Saving money, fun new designs and colors – and sharing 🙂