Gold plated chain – affordable chain for DIY jewelry

I just got in some gold plated chain – it’s inexpensive, lightweight, and totally fun for DIY jewelry!

gold plated cable chain with 3x2mm links...lightweight and inexpensive

DIY earring design featuring round glass jewels and gold plated chain

The second pic shows an earring design that’s one of my favorites – using the round glass jewels paired with golden chain ‘tassels’ makes lightweight earrings that have sparkle, and movement, and they are super fun to wear. Also flattering.

Also inexpensive, especially with this gold plated chain. It’s not precious, just pretty. But you know, sometimes that’s just what we want!

DIY earring design idea – crystal and black rhinestones

This is a really classic combination of faceted stones – sparkling crystal and faceted jet black stones. You could wear these earrings any time of year – and any time of day. But specially for evening chic!

DIY earring design idea featuring crystal oval rhinestones paired with faceted black teardrops

Wear them to show off a summer tan – wear them for Christmas. And did I mention New Year’s? Absolutely!

Black is always in style. Crystal sparkle, even more, and when the crystal is near your face, everything is just a bit brighter. This is of the good 🙂

You really can’t go wrong! Easy, affordable DIY earrings – great for you – great for gifts!

Halloween jewelry – Black and orange glass jewels :-)

No, this isn’t the “monsters on a chain” type Halloween jewelry. It’s actually pretty jewelry – that you can wear anywhere – only in black and orange, because it’s getting close to that time of year and hey, who doesn’t wear orange and black, just for fun, around Halloween time?

Halloween jewelry design idea featuring black glass jewels and vintage orange teardrops

The orange teardrops are vintage glass cabochons – the black 10mm round rivoli jewels are new glass gems. I show them in different settings colors (silver plated brass, and golden brass) – because that’s when I had when I went to take a pic. Of course you can match the settings colors…

…or not, as you like. That’s the fun part of making your own jewelry. You can make exactly what you want (and you don’t have to spend a lot of money!)

DIY chandlier earrings design idea

And as always, it’s the details that make the difference. Tiny, pretty aqua rhinestones are set in patina brass or golden (raw) brass prong settings. The brass filigrees are a restock in my shop – my customers have been loving them and I totally agree – the flower filigree is so pretty!

DIY earring design idea featuring aqua rhinestone gems and brass filigree flowers

Link the filigree flower connectors and gems with sturdy little jump rings, add earwires, and your fantastic chandelier earrings are ready to wear. And of course you can customize them with your own details – colors, gem shapes, and extra details you’ll think of and I didn’t. Still – the basic idea totally works – and they’re doable and affordable and you will love wearing them! Or gifting them.

And the earrings are gorgeous!

DIY earring design idea – fuschia and crystal glass jewels

So there are a couple reasons I think this DIY earring design idea is special. For one thing, deep fuschia pink and crystal? Fuschia doesn’t always work – but when it does, it really does. And what color isn’t even better paired with sparkle?

DIY earring design idea featuring fuschia vintage glass pears paired with crystal ovals

And the combination of textures here – the smooth teardrops paired with the faceted ovals – adds a touch of complexity (while still being quick and easy to do).

A (super) added plus – the fuschia pears are vintage. They’re from the 1950s I think – the original packaging has the importer’s telephone number – and there is no area code, it predates that. So we’re going back a ways 🙂

And these are great. Used “as is” or with the faceted crystal ovals, or with your own special combo, you’re going to have a terrific pair of DIY earrings!

Clearance sale! Leaf spray links or charms

Yes, you read that right. These cute leaf spray links with two loops are on clearance sale! They’re antiqued-bronze finish over base metal – not precious, just pretty! And now they’re on super clearance sale in my shop 🙂

bronze finish leaf spray nature links or charms

DIY earring design idea featuring leaf spray links and crystal diamond glass jewels

The second pic is just one suggestion of how these leaf links could be used – you can see it’s an easy DIY earring design idea. I know you’ll come up with your own special design – and now you can do it when the links are on sale!

Just while supplies last – you might not to wait too long. Besides, the clearance sale section is always fun to check out!

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?