Member since 6/25/10
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 8/1/12 1:12 PM
Does anyone make their own jewelry to match the outfits that they sew? My latest crazy idea is that I want to be able to make a necklace or a bracelet to match the things that I sew. I don't want to make anything too complicated, just basic costume jewelry beaded necklaces and bracelets. However, I have never made a piece of jewelry in my life. I don't know what I need, or how much the basic supplies and tools cost.
Here is an example, on Etsy, of the type of thing I want to make.
Is this type of necklace something a beginner could make? Does anyone know of any good websites or blogs that would help get me started? I have told myself that if I learn to do this, there will be no bead stash though! I already have more fabric stash than I can handle!
Member since 8/18/02
Date: 8/1/12 2:08 PM
Couldn't see the photo.
I make bracelets and necklaces -- simple ones. Take a class or go to a bead show if you can.
You need crimp tubes, rings, clasps and beads. For tools: a crimper and smooth rounded needle nose pliers. I have a board with grooves to lay out the design and so all the beads don't roll away. I use.
I use Beadalon stringing wire.
Joann's Fabrics or Michaels will have these tools.
Will look up some websites for you and add later.
You will probably have a bead stash but it won't take up much space.
Member since 5/10/10
Date: 8/1/12 2:36 PM
This web site has tutorials and information (as well as beautiful products) for jewelry making.
Member since 11/29/11
Date: 8/1/12 3:15 PM
Also look at fusionbeads.com and artbeads.com--fusionbeads has absolutely free shipping--you can order one bead or item and no shipping charge. Also I believe fusionbeads has free shipping with a $10m order--also lots of new ideas and tutorials on both sites--good dealing with both of these has been my experience.
|Char in KS
Member since 7/9/10
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 8/1/12 4:04 PM
Making your own jewelry is fairly easy even the seed bead stitched items (those just require more patience).
I recommend getting a bead magazine like Bead and Button Bead and Button or Stringing (based on what you had the link for). Also try checking out Beading Daily. That one may tend more towards the seed bead stitching (which is what I am more interested in). Fusion Bead website has several different inspiration projects and has instructions in different beading techniques. You may want to look at the Royal Velvet necklace on there. Those instructions should work for the what you had in the link. I haven't had any problems with Fusion beads. Royal Velvet
An easy way to make a bracelet is using stretch magic elastic cord and knotting the two ends together and gluing afterwards with hypo-cement. That is easy to get a Michael’s or Joann’s. You may want to look at instructions for knotting pearls. That would be another technique that could achieve the same look.
My bead stash takes up a lot less room than my fabric stash. I don't feel as guilty about the beads as I do about the fabric.
I also like taking my beading projects to work for activities over break.
Let me know if you want any more help. If you want, I do have a couple of my bead stitched projects up on my blog sewbeading
District of Columbia USA
Member since 5/10/06
Date: 8/1/12 4:19 PM
Stringing beads is very easy and doesn't require much by way of supplies. You can string beads with just a pair of scissors or nail clippers and a pair of needlenose pliers, which you might already have in a tool kit.
For supplies you'll need beads, crimp beads, a clasp, and beadalon or tiger tail stringing material (don't try regular string or thread because it is not strong enough). All of this is available at Joann or Michael's or even Wal Mart (I haven't been in one in several years, but they had bead supplies at one time).
Cut your stringing material at least 4 inches longer than you want the finished product.
String a crimp bead on, using your fingers to keep it a few inches from the end. Put your clasp on the string, then thread the end back through the crimp bead, thus catching the clasp in a loop.
Use the pliers to squeeze and flatten the crimp bead. This keeps the necklace from coming unstrung. Tug on it to make sure it's secure.
Trim the end of the string close to the crimp bead using scissors or nail clippers (nail clippers can be easier because the blunt end can get closer to the crimp bead.
String your beads.
When you've reached your desired length, string a crimp bead on the end.
If you're using a two piece clasp, such as a toggle, thread the other half of the clasp on to the string and then loop the end through the crimp bead.
If you're using a lobster claw type clasp, thread the other end through the crimp bead, leaving a large enough loop the clasp onto.*
Squeeze the crimp bead and trim the extra string.
Wear. If you decide you like it, you can learn more techniques, get nicer beads, and invest in beading-specific tools. But you don't need to get all kitted out just to try it, unlike with sewing.
*If you want to be fancy, you can use a jump ring here, but frankly, I find that jump rings aren't very strong so the added attractiveness/finishedness of the jump ring isn't worth the hit in sturdiness.
2007: purchased 115+, sewed 105+
So close to parity, yet so far
Trying again in 2008
Yards purchased: 133
Yards sewn: Somewhere around 95
2009? I give up
Member since 6/25/10
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Date: 8/1/12 4:43 PM
Thank you all so much! I had no idea what kind of supplies I'd need, so I'm quite glad to hear that it won't cost a fortune to get them all or take up too much space.
I am allergic to nickle, and my wrists are extremely sensitive to it, so it would be nice to make some bracelets with the elastic thread/cord.
Member since 8/14/05
In reply to talesofawannabe
Date: 8/1/12 5:00 PM
Good luck with your beginning beading. Nice Girl has it absolutely correct - you do not need to spend a lot to start.
If you find you just don't like it or something, here is a fine source of hypoallergenic jewelry (all nickle-free!) - I have ordered from Simple Whispers for decades now as have friends:
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
I have sewing machines
Member since 12/17/06
Date: 8/1/12 5:01 PM
I make my own jewellery and I tend to make tops that will show it off.
I second what others have said re supplies, you don't need a lot. And the actual stringing and crimping is easy. But what I love most about making jewellery is that you can change your mind at any time. With sewing, once you commit to a pattern and have cut it out and sewn up, if you don't like the result you can't change to another pattern. With beading, you can just cut the string and do something different. Or if you get sick of a design, you can reuse the beads for something else. It's the ideal hobby for the commitment phobe.
Edited to change commitment phone to commitment phobe, like intended. Crikey, I hate that auto correct sometimes!
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Taking in is happier than letting out.
Member since 2/24/10
Date: 8/1/12 9:57 PM
I used to make jewelries for few years before I got into sewing.
When I was pregnant I got sick every time I tried to make something, so I stopped...
And recently I sold my ENTIRE jewelry making supplies on Ebay.
I still have about 10 jewelry making books I was thinking of selling for cheap...
If you're interested please private email me.
(I'm not friends of PR so I can't email you)
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