Brass filigree and enamel charms for DIY jewelry

I just restocked a couple of these pretty filigree charms – and wanted to point out how useful they are for your DIY jewelry – and of course, for your Christmas gifts too! Add pretty jewels or charms, and turn them into pendants or earrings with your own special creative touch.

brass filigree and alloy charms available in my shop

Of course there are more charms in my shop – and if there’s one you are searching for and don’t see, just drop me a note!

DIY earring design featuring black diamond rhinestones

Here’s just one recent example of how you can combine these gorgeous deep gray neutral (black diamond) glass jewels. Imagine this style for your new earrings!

black diamond rhinestone teardrops paired with small faceted octagons for DIY earrings

And for that matter – use just one of these combined jewels for a great necklace. Or add more shapes – hmm, I’ll have to revisit that idea and show pics, won’t I? Stay tuned!

Earring design idea – classic brass filigree and rhinestones

I couldn’t resist showing another example of how great earrings can be when they’re made with brass filigree and faceted rhinestones. It’s so useful when you find an “ornament” (charm, filigree, or other element) to pair with your glass jewels – it opens a whole new design dimension.

DIY earring design idea featuring sapphire blue cushion cut rhinestones paired with brass filigree ornaments

The filigrees in this example have a light patina – but deep bronze, or light golden brass, would also be beautiful. And of course you can customize the jewel colors to make your customer – or your mom – or you! – happy 🙂

Inexpensive, easy to create, and customizable – this is a terrific DIY earring design idea!

Olivine glass rounds and teardrops for DIY earrings

Yes this is another DIY earring design idea! Simple, classy, and very pretty 🙂

DIY earring design featuring olivine rivoli faceted round glass jewels paired with olivine vintage teardrops

This is a closeup, so these jewels look sizeable – actually, they are small(ish). The round rivoli faceted gems are 8mm in diameter (which is between 1/4″ and 3/8″). The teardrops are a bit over 1/2″ long – they’re petite. Paired together, the earrings would be maybe 1-1/4″ long – yet as you can see, they have great presence.

So – easy to make, in a very interesting and wearable color that’s a bit unusual. The round jewels are new, the teardrops are vintage. A super combo – and affordable too.

I bet you have someone on your Christmas list who would love these. Or, what can I say, they’d be fabulous on…you!

DIY earring design idea

I wanted to share a simple, classic earring design – maybe just as a reminder that a pair of earrings don’t have to be fussy or complex (or super expensive) to be beautiful.

DIY earring design idea featuring amethyst ovals and light amethyst tiny rhinestones

I’ve just gotten in the light amethyst tiny rhinestones, and paired them with the aqua rhinestone ovals in a “duo” setting – and I love the way they turned out. This is a simple idea – a duo setting, pretty faceted stones, and you add earwires – and the earrings are terrific.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. Do you need some earrings to match your bridesmaid colors? Or you just want an unusual color combo because they’re your faves?

Just let me know your colors – I bet we can do that!

P.S. You’re thinking of your mom’s favorite colors now, aren’t you? Thinking ahead to Christmas. Well we can do that too (and she’ll love them!)

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!

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!

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 🙂

Prom Jewels – DIY earrings

This pair of rhinestone jewels is one of my absolute favorite choices for prom jewelry. They’re not just clear crystal (which is just a little too bridal). But they’re still light-color, girly, and sparkly. They’re large enough to have great presence but not so big that they’re uncomfortable. And the “light colorado topaz” teardrops are often called “champagne” color 🙂

golden tan or champagne or light colorado topaz rhinestone teardrops paired with tiny crystal rhinestones for great prom jewelry

And champagne strikes me as very prom-ish. Just saying!

(Do it yourself prom jewelry? Why not? You’ll look great, and you’ll save money, which means you’ll have more money for That. Gorgeous. Dress!)

Let’s have a wonderful 2018!

Let’s face it, we need it. There is so much to worry about, and most of us are just trying to do the best we can, love our families, pay our bills, and have a little fun along the way. Simple, human goals, and sometimes it seems like the Powers That Be are conspiring to make all that impossible.

So I figure we should do our best to make it possible. Love each other as best we can, appreciate our friends and our neighbors, get involved in our communities, and try to be kind. All things to aspire to, yes?

And have a few little pretties along the way, to share with friends, loved ones, and treat ourselves. That’s where I’m at this year.

And hey, here’s a glimpse few of the DIY glass pretties I hope you can enjoy 🙂

glass and rhinestone jewels available in my onine jewelry supplies shop

Happy new year!