DIY earring design idea, with flowers!

This is another example of how useful jewelry components or ornaments can be – and how easy it is to use these brass flower links (the ornaments) to make pretty earrings!

You see what I mean 🙂 Sometimes we want to take the time and effort to make intricate, time-consuming jewelry. But sometimes we just don’t have the time or energy! And we still want to be able to give pretty gifts. So – personalize these earrings with custom colors. Make a gift for your mom, or your best buds, or for customers.

Easy to make jewelry with these pretty, affordable jewelry components – rhinestone (glass) teardrops paired with patina brass or golden brass flower links. Add earwires and you’re good to go!

Amethyst glass octagon jewels – vintage pendants and earrings

I am so happy I was able to get another supply of these fabulous amethyst purple vintage glass beads – this size and shape is hard to come by anymore. These are in great shape for their age (from the 1950s, if the packaging is accurate and I think it is – the paper they’re wrapped in pre-dated telephone area codes!)

The 16x11mm octagons are a terrific faceted shape – not too small, not too large, with wonderful faceting. And the color is wonderful – true amethyst, not too dark but still rich. I wish I could get every stne shape in this color!

Your bestie would love a Christmas gift made with these jewels. Or make a gift for your mom.  Or, hey, for yourself! 

Design your own ring

Just for fun – with this easy ring base and cabochon combo:

antiqued brass adjustable ring base and clear glass cabochon

You can see how easily it works. The ring base is lightweight and flexible – and adjustable, so it fits most fingers easily. You just find a graphic you like (the example was from an old magazine ad) – cut it into the oval shape inside the ring base (it should be approx. 25mm x 18mm, or 1″ x 3/4″). Slip it into the base. Add the clear glass cabochon, then gently squeeze the prongs closed. It’s that easy.

And you can make one to match every outfit. Or day of the week. Or, maybe, make a typeset graphic saying something you’re just dying to tell the world. “I’m getting married” or “Bite me” or whatever mood strikes you.

Easy, cute, inexpensive. We’re not talking the crown jewels here. We’re talking fun 🙂

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013 – Emerald

Drum roll! Feature stories today are talking about Pantone’s “Color of the Year” for 2013. I’m not even sure how they got the job but by now, Pantone’s predictions heavily influence the colors that will be Hot for the next season – in housewares, fashion, and of course, jewelry. I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all that they want us to believe but still, it’s interesting.

So it was serendipity that I had just made a graphic of some of the lovely emerald jewels in my my Etsy jewelry supplies shop:


some of the emerald jewels at weekendjewelry1 jewelry supplies shop at Etsy

I have to say, I love emerald. It’s not just because I’m (sometimes, with a little help) a redhead. It’s just such a rich, flattering, luxurious color. And it looks good on just about everybody. And it’s gorgeous. And did I say rich?

Color of the year: emerald. They could do worse 🙂