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 🙂

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 3, 2016

And today’s super special, fun Deal of the Day is: rivoli. Mention “rivoli” in the Notes to Seller when you order from my Etsy shop (yes, you have to place an order first) – and get a free pair of 10mm, round, rivoli faceted jewels in the color you choose!

Rivoli-style faceting is when the faceted angles come to a gentle point on top of the jewel, rather than a flat “table” (as in ‘table tin cut’). Rivolis like these:

red rivoli faceted 10mm round beads

Choose any color onsite. Use the stones as earring drops, connector linnks, or pretty little pendants.

Deal of the Day. Pretty glass stones. This is a win!

Black glass pendant and earring jewels set

Make it easy on yourself. You have to make some Christmas gifts quickly, and you don’t have a lot of money? A pretty necklace and earrings will make your girls happy.

black glass pendant and vintage glass earring jewels

Add earwires to the vintage glass earring jewels. Grab a brass chain, slip a jump ring onto this pendant, slide it on the chain – and you’re set. Pretty jewelry, quick to make and easy to give.

This is a win 🙂

P.S. I have quite a few glass jewels that can be made into a cool pendant and earrings set. If there’s a color you want and don’t see? Just ask!

Peridot green glass octagon pendant

You remember when I said (okay, more than once) that simple is sometimes best? Take a look at this pretty octagon jewel, just as an example 🙂

peridot green glass octagon pendant jewel

These are vintage pendants and I only have a few – but even new ones are good, I’m not biased toward vintage (much).
This is what “I need it now” DIY jewelry is about, you know? You have a simple silver or golden chain. Find a jewel like this, attach a jump ring, and slip it on the chain. Presto: gorgeous pendant in a wonderful color. It doesn’t get much easier.

And it will look great. Seriously 🙂

Vivid red glass beads

I don’t even have to explain why I’m featuring these. Just look. Faceted red glass jewels. Sheer and vivid. Gorgeous.

red glass oval beads...red pointed back cabochon gems

Slip on a jump ring, add a chain. Instant fabulous necklace. Or add earwires: you’re done. They’ll be smashing with your new dress, for Christmas, or with your jeans. That’s the kind of jewelry you want (or want to sell!) Classy, vivid, easy, affordable.

DIY? Oh yeah.

Simple Glass Cabochons

And sometimes, simple will do. Sometimes simple is BEST. For example, an opaque, round glass stud earring. Classic and easy to wear.

opaque glass cabochons in many colors

You know there are times when you want something a little…quieter. Work, church, visiting the in-laws… and these glass cabs are available in so many colors, you can get just what you want. If you don’t see your color, just ask!

Red teardrop and silver filigree earrings

Here’s a pretty example of how you can combine a sparkling glass bead or jewel with a silver plated “ornament” (filigree, stamping, or charm) and make a fabulous pair of earrings – with very little effort!

red glass teardrop and silver filigree earrings

The silver filigrees are actually silver plated over brass – it’s good quality plating but much more affordable than solid sterling silver – and the style is modern and chic. The earring jewels are about 5/8″ high (the earrings are a bit under 2″ long, in total) – they’ve got a lot of presence but are still very lightweight and comfy (I’m very fond of comfy).

The components are available in my jewelry supplies shop but if you don’t see them, just send me a note and ask!

Affordable, pretty, sparkling – and did I mention easy to use? This is the way it’s supposed to be. Do it yourself – save money – and look great 🙂

Emerald glass gems – and color :-)

I was talking about clear glass gems earlier – as a counterpoint now, go for rich color – and you can still experiment with different shapes and tones 🙂

emerald green oval glass gems with pink glass octagons and colorado topaz glass rivolis

See? Really I’m just encouraging you to experiment. Try different shapes and colors. Don’t spend a lot of money. Do it yourself really IS a good idea 🙂

(and if you’re looking for something – but can’t find it – drop me a note, I might be able to help!)