Montana sapphire framed vintage glass beads

These pretty beads are a great example of easy – affordable – pretty DIY jewelry suppoies:

montana sapphire glass beads - navy blue pointed back cabochon gems

Easy? Just add earwires or jump ring and chain: your earrings or necklace will be ready to wear.

Affordable? $3.49 for a pair in silver or brass settings.

Pretty?

Like I said 🙂

Fuschia pink glass beads – eye candy!

I’m just showoing off these pretty glass beads 🙂

hot pink or fuschia pink glass beads

I recently got in the smallest size shown here, the 8mm round beads. They’re darling used alone if you want tiny bright earrings. And any of these glass gems can be used alone, as is, of course. But the combo is fun, isn’t it? They’d make dangly, vivid, sparkly earrings.

Sometimes you want to be noticed. Hot pink? Yeah, that works 🙂

DIY jewelry supplies – black enamel filigree charms

If you don’t feel like being all Valentine-y or just don’t like to wear red, why not go in a totally other direction? For example, these black enamel filigree charms are great with jewels, pearls, or beads added as a dangle – but they’re also terrific used As Is.

black enamel filigree charms for earring dangles or necklace focal pendant

Slip on an earwire, and these are ready to wear. Or fit a jump ring into one of those little openings around the edge of the charm, put the jump ring on a chain, and: black enamel necklace. Wear it anytime, anywhere.

Fine jewelry can be exquisitely detailed, intricately crafted, and expensive. “Fashion” jewelry – and hey, what’s wrong with fashion? – can be fun and affordable. Life is complicated enough already, you know? This is not rocket science. These black filigrees are $1.00 a pair. Make it easy on yourself – DO it yourself. These look good, they’re cheap, they’re fun.

Sometimes it really is that simple 🙂

How to save money – DIY!

This is not a revolutionary idea – but this year I’m going to point out occasionally, how making your own jewelry for gifts, for yourself, or to sell, can save – or make – you money. First idea: “buy the set and save”.

red framed glass pendant and round earring jewels - buy the glass bead set and save

These particular glass beads would cost $4.79 if purchased separately from my shop – the set here costs $3.99. Already you’re saving a bit of money. Of course there are many talented jewelry artists who can provide you with beautiful necklace and earring sets – but if you’re looking to save money, it can be such a smart move to do it yourself.

These earring jewels come in one-ring, two-ring, or No-ring styles, so you can make dangle earrings or stud earrings with only the addition of post earring backs, or earwires. The teardrop jewel can be turned into a classicly simple, lovely necklace by adding a jump ring and chain.

Easy, low-cost, and pretty! This is a good way to start the new year 🙂

Hyacinth orange framed vintage glass beads

I love this bright orange color, these smooth gorgeous glass jewels. They’re fun, they’re flirty, they’re just a great way to greet the new year. They’re vintage, from the late 1950s I believe (the company that made them has been out of business for quite a while…)

hyacinth orange framed glass beads

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to be Serious. Orange? These smooth, buff cabochon jewels are just made for fun 🙂

Deal of the Day – December 18, 2016

Hearts and flowers – okay, just hearts. Vintage glass red heart jewels – as shown here, paired with red oval earring jewels – or worn as a pretty, romantic pendant. Mention “red heart” when you place an order at my online jewelry supply shop and you get a free pair of red glass jewels. You get to choose the style 😉

red vintage glass heart beads

Of course they’re wonderful for Christmas. And, you know, Valentine’s Day is coming. Just saying 🙂

Deal of the Day for December 18, 2016 – good till tomorrow night!

Deal of the Day – December 16, 2016

And the word is “purple”. Mention PURPLE in the notes to seller (or just send me a note) when you place an order in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop and you get a free pair of framed glass jewels – in purple 🙂

amethyst purple framed glass beads in my jewelry supplies shop

Like the pair above, for example. But if you prefer a different pair, you can dicker!

Pretty in purple. Glass jewels, easy to use, easy to wear, and affordable. Talk about a deal!

Deal of the Day – December 13, 2016

Sparkling jonquil yellow glass beads – these aren’t traditional Christmas colors. So what? They’re lovely, they’re flattering, they’re affordable. And if you mention YELLOW after making a purchase in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop, you get a free pair of 18mm x 13mm pear jewels. **

jonquil yellow glass teardrops in my jewelry supplies shop

** oh – did I mention? Your “Deal of the Day” teardrop jewels I mentioned above? You get to choose the color 🙂

Good only till midnight, December 14, 2016 (don’t wait!)

Deal of the Day – December 10, 2016

You know that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 is Greenery, right? Now honestly, I have to say I kind of get a laugh out of the Color of the Year thing. So far I’ve heard “Greenery” also called avocado green (remember the appliances of the 70s?), and a few other color names that I won’t repeat here. My point is, “olive green”, “olivine”, “avocado”, and some other color names I can’t remember right now, all refer to a slightly tangy, plant-like green. Pantone just has a Marketing Name for it.

But hey, I’ll go with it. “Greenery” is my Deal of the Day” code word today. Mention “Greenery” after you order – in the Notes to Seller – and you’ll receive a FREE pair of green OVAL glass jewels, you choose the exact pair, sent with your order.

green oval glass beads in my Etsy shop.... these are vintage glass, vivid emerald green

Such a deal 🙂

Deal of the Day – December 8, 2016

Think pink – and that’s your Deal of the Day special code: pink. I know, it’s not a “Christmas color”, but think about it. It’s feminine, it’s pretty, it looks good all year round, and it’s flattering to every skin tone. Pink. It works 🙂

pink glass rhinestone beads

So – the Deal of the Day – if you mention Pink in the “notes to seller” after you order from my online jewelry supplies shop, you get a free pink pair of 10mm rivoli jewels!

And you can dicker if you really do prefer a different color.

Win!