Christmas Jewels

Yes, it seems a little early to be thinking about Christmas! But you know, if you’re going to make Christmas presents – or even more, if you’re going to make jewelry you hope to sell for Christmas gifts – it’s definitely time!

emerald green and vivid red oval glass jewels for Christmas earrings

Of course this is just one example of how you could combine “Christmas colors” into a pretty and fun pair of earrings. And I’ll be showing more in the next few days. But even more – this is just to get your creative juices ticking. Combine unusual colors – or go classic with red and green.

Think of combos, sizes and shapes that your best friend would love – that your sister would love – or your mom. (And hey – that YOU would love!)

Don’t spend a lot of money – but rather, spend a little time inventing and creating. Creativity + low cost. This is a great idea for Christmas!

Heart Stamping Tags – Make Personalized Jewelry!

Stamping tags are a wonderful way to add a personalized touch to your jewelry. I just got in these cute heart shaped tags and I’m going to make some gifts!

golden brass heart shaped stamping tags for personalized jewelry

Add them to small jewels or beads to make personalized earrings, or perhaps to a pendant. Or use several to spell out the name of your bestie. Or make presents with the initials of her kids.

You get the idea – there are lots of fun, easy ways to make personalized jewelry!

(I’m going to add a few pics in the days coming up – just showing examples of some of my favorite designs!)

Clear Glass Bracelet Design Idea – and a Special Offer

I made this bracelet to see how these totally clear glass cabochons would work as a bracelet. Their only color comes from the settings, and they’re not faceted – so how would they look? Would they have any sparkle?

clear glass octagon bracelet

And the answer is yes!

Now about that special I mentioned above! When you click on the pic you’ll find the clear octagons. The bracelet as shown is made with ten octagons. If you want to make this bracelet, you’d need 5 pairs. But if you order 4 pairs, just mention to me when you order that you’d like a free pair! It’s that simple.

Offer good through August 31, 2021 at midnight. Have fun making your bracelet! I think you’ll love it.

New DIY Earring Design Idea

Last night I tried this combination of amethyst and emerald glass jewels – and discovered it was fabulous!

this isn’t a color combination you necessarily expect to see – which I think is one great reason to try it. Also – if I had a fabulous purple sweater, I’d definitely try it with dark green skirt or pants. They aren’t “matching” but they would complement each other. And it’s just fun to try new colors!

Like these. Really, aside from being a fun combo, it reminds us to TRY stuff. Can’t hurt. Might be great!

Peridot Glass Gems – great August gift ideas!

The birthstone gem for August is peridot. And it’s already August, so this idea is for those of us (yeah, I never do this) who need a nice birthday gift NOW. So – make a pretty pair of earrings or pendant. Peridot green, the August color. And they’re on sale in my shop!

For the next week – through Saturday, August 14, 2021 – when you buy peridot glass gems from my Etsy shop, you can get a free pair or pendant! Equal or lesser value is the only catch – and you have to mention this blog post (which is how you know about the sale!)

There are lots more peridot glass gems in my shop than are shown in this pic – just click on the pic to see more. And don’t wait, it’s only while my supplies last – and you’ve got that birthday girl to gift!

(Tell her I said happy birthday too. Just because!)

Peridot and Aqua DIY Earrings

This is just a quick note that, drum roll, color is wonderful! Use it. Try it. Play with it!

The earrings shown here combine three (slightly) different colors from peridot to light blue to aqua. Of course you could use any combination of colors – the point is, to try ideas. Some of them won’t work, but some of them will be wonderful!

Peridot Green Pendant – Necklace Design Idea

This is one of my favorite necklace designs. Use whatever pendant you like best – in this case, it’s a sparkling peridot green pear.

So aside from the fact that it looks great, if you look closely you can see that the peridot teardrop hangs from a loop of silvery chain that matches the multiple strands of necklace chain (stainless steel chain in this case). And – the pendant is removeable! You could make several pendants of your choice, slip one off the necklace chain and replace it with the color you want to wear, today.

Oh, and the peridot shown here is the birthstone color for August. Just in case you need an August birthday gift!

Bronze Open Work Large Leaf Charms

These are big, lightweight leaf charms – great to use “as is”, or to combine with other elements to make stunning earrings or pendants. These are not Serious. These are fun!

bronze leaf charms for earrings or pendants

Click on the pic to see the listing – and to see a few variations in ideas for using these charms. Just remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated – “as is” is good too!

Red White and Blue Earrings – DIY Version 2

Just a quick example of another design featuring red, white, and blue glass jewels and beads. These beads might be in your stash right now – add the navy blue (sapphire) glass teardrops, hand-wire them to the beads (or create your own style) – and here you go, another terrific pair of July Fourth earrings !

You see what I mean? Grab a few glass elements, play with design and style, and make these earrings your own!

DIY red white and blue earrings for the Fourth of July!

Okay, I’ll say right up front that of course these earrings would look great year-round. But I was playing with faceted stones on my worktable, just trying new ideas, and these really would be perfect for the Fourth of July!

This easy DIY earring design is the result – find the right stones, add jump rings, and you’re good to go!

Make the design your own! Change sizes and shapes, and even colors – really the thing to remember is that it’s always a great time to try new ideas…