How to make earrings – basics!

I thought, maybe once in a while we should show the absolute basics on how to make earrings. Like so many things, it’s easy once you know. But you might never have looked closely at the little connectors, etc, so it’s still a mystery. Well – now it won’t be. You can create some fabulous jewelry with this simple technique. (Or go as fancy and complicated as you want, that’s the beauty of it!)

DIY earrings how to tutorial picture

Add whatever extras and variations you like – you’ll love the customization – this is just the start 🙂

DIY earrings – save money – make gifts – or sell your jewelry!

Black diamond and crystal earrings design idea

And then you can go neutral – with style 🙂 This is not a “black and white” photo – this is a pic of neutral glass gems that have great presence!

black diamond glass gems with crystal rivoli stones for a great earring design idea

The ovals and rivoli round glass gems are black diamond (neutral gray) – and the smaller crystal rounds add sparkle. This is just a reminder that when you make your own earrings, you can create style and pizzazz – with subtlety!

DIY earrings that are easy to make, don’t cost a lot, and look great. Customize them for your friends or your customers – take this idea and make it your own!

Earring design idea for Fall

Do it yourself jewelry – yes you can do it! One of the best things about making your own jewelry for yourself, for gifts, and for customers is that you can create customized, personalized jewelry, for your giftee or your customer. Start with rich fall colors like these.

earring design idea featuring fuschia pink and blue zircon glass gems from weekendjewelry1 on etsy

And adapt this idea with your own favorite colors – or your customer’s. I just wanted to point out how powerful color is! These are statement earrings – a big hit for Fall.

Color is your friend – and your collaborator. Take this idea, run with it, and make it your own!

Halloween decor – a fun Halloween wreath!

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of summer, but the planet does keep moving whether we’re paying attention or not – and Fall isn’t far away. And that means Halloween is coming! I love Halloween – it’s kind of indulgent, it’s fun, you get to play dress-up – and it’s super cool when you can add a bit of Halloween decor to your house!

Now I’m not really a fan of orange and black at home. Just a personal thing. So when I found this fun Halloween wreath, in non-traditional colors, I was a happy camper! It’s got a skull: practically a requirement for Halloween. It’s also made with wonderful colors and a great artistic eye. Tres cool!

Halloween wreath available from WreathDesignsStudio on Etsy

The shop is WreathDesignsStudio on Etsy. I haven’t asked (yet) but it’s possible that Pam, the artist, could make a terrific wreath in your customizable colors. And either way, she’s got many different styles and combos already, go peek! I think you’ll fall in love just like I did.

You can check out her Whimsical Wreaths by Pam facebook page too – you’ll find some fabulous wreaths, and I have to add, some animal and pet pictures and stories that will totally melt your heart 🙂

P.S. And of course, Christmas is coming too… and wreaths are so appropriate (and a thoughtful gift too!) Might help to remember that – just saying!

Earring design idea – hearts and flowers!

This jewelry design idea features a classic combination: hearts and flowers. The hearts shown here are rose pink, sheer vintage rhinestones that measure 12mmx12mm (about 1/2″ long). The brass filigree flower links have a light, antiqued patina – you could choose golden brass if you prefer. Other colors, other metal finishes would work – whatever suits your design aesthetic best.

ruby red glass gems available at weekendjewelry1 on etsy

These earrings would make a wonderful gift for a sweetheart or your mom – or just a fun pair of earrings to sell in your online shop! They’re a favorite with my customers – and they’re made with affordable, easy to use jewelry components.

Classic earring design idea

This is one that I love – a classic earring design featuring opaque white rhinestones in a “multi stone” prong setting, for earrings that are lovely and easy to wear!

white vintage glass teardrops paired with pink rhinestones for DIY earrings

The slender white glass pears are vintage (from the 1950s I believe) – and in these earring drops I’ve added pink rhinestones. Of course you can customize them with your favorite color – maybe add other elements – for your own earring design.

Easy to use, lightweight and comfortable, and vintage glass – this is the best kind of jewelry design!

Ruby red glass gems – and a BOGO sale!

Ruby is the classic birthstone for the month of July – and I’ve got some fabulous ruby red glass rhinestones, beautifully faceted, available right now 🙂

ruby red glass gems available at weekendjewelry1 on etsy

And the thing you want to know is that from today, June 28, 2019 until July 3, 2019 at midnight, I’m offering a BOGO sale – Buy One Get One Free!

Buy any pair of red glass gems (or a red pendant) and you can get a second pair or pendant free. When you order, just send me a note and say, “send me my extra pair free… I’d like these.” (then tell me which ones!) Equal or lesser value and all that, but that’s the only restriction. This is limited to quanitites I have on hand, so don’t wait too long 🙂

And enjoy your free gift!

DIY necklace design idea – pearls and crystals!

This do-it-yourself necklace design features “real” gems (freshwater pearl buttons) with faceted Swarovski crystal elements, and a gorgeous rhinestone oval pendant. I think the combination really works!

DIY necklace  design idea featuring white freshwater button pearls, Swarovski crystal elements and an aqua oval rhinestone pendant

The cluster of crystals at the top of the oval pendant adds a bit of complexity to the design – and offers a great way to personalize your design, using your customer’s favorite colors – or hey, the birthstone colors of you and your kids! This is YOUR necklace and your design. You make it the way you like it best!

If I can spark an idea or three, that’s super 🙂 Take this idea and run with it – creating your own special *and* affordable jewelry – that’s the goal!

Earring design idea using glass jewels and brass flowers :-)

This pretty earring design idea is another example of how you can combine two simple components into a great jewelry design 🙂

earring design idea featuring brass filigree flower connectors and 10x8mm rhinestone octagons... shown here in black diamond

earring design idea featuring brass filigree flower connectors and 10x8mm rhinestone octagons... shown here in ruby red


Add earwires or posts, a sturdy jump ring, and your earrings will be ready to wear! I show two different color jewels here – using custom colors is a simple way to personalize your design.

Easy, economical and pretty – this is the way it’s supposed to be 🙂

More clearance sale items!

Yes, i’ve added more clearance sale items to my shop! I love to share these. You guys great a great deal – and I sell a few items that I have in limited supply, or I can’t get more so I want to sell them now – or I just feel like having a sale. Or all of the above 🙂

clearance sale items available in my weekendjewelry1.etsy.com shop

Quantities on some of these really are limited (especially the coral pears) so don’t wait too long – but do remember to check back often, because I’ll be adding more goodies to the sale.

Happy hunting!