Bridesmaids’ jewelry can be a way to thank your girls for being there for you on your big day, and can be a way to add another design element in your wedding. If you have looked at some jewelry, you know that it can be expensive, so why not think outside of the box and make your own?
If you haven’t considered the thought of making your own jewelry because you think it’s too difficult or could be costly, I’m here to tell you that it can be easy and cost effective. Check out your local craft stores jewelry section and you can see there is a plethora of items to choose from at varying difficulty levels. There are even jewelry kits you can purchase if you’re so inclined. If you have never been to the jewelry section of the craft store, it can seem overwhelming with everything available, but it can be better if you go in with an idea of what you want to make.
Go in with a game plan, or you’ll be lost in the craft world jumping from idea to idea. For example, if you know you want to make earrings, it’s better to have an idea of what type of earring you want to make by coming up with a design beforehand, or knowing whether or not you want to make hook dangles, or beaded studs, or if you even want to make earrings at all. You should know if you’re making necklaces and if so, what you envision your necklaces to look like, and same goes for bracelets. Once you’ve got your game plan it’ll be much easier to select your beads, clasps, cuffs, etc.
Step 1: First things first, get your items together for your project. Make sure you get any tools you may need and set up your work space. I chose a very simple and easy jewelry project, using sterling silver wire necklaces and bracelets with beads. You can see I have laid out all of my necessary elements for making the jewelry and set up my work space.
Step 2: Next, I’ll start with my necklaces. I have chosen a simple, yet large turquoise pendant to create a statement on the very simple silver wiring of the necklace. All I need to do is put my pendant on the wiring as seen in the image. I think that these jewelry pieces are great for a casual style and can be worn after the wedding, making it a more versatile gift.
Step 3: Moving onto the bracelets. These require a little more work. I’ll choose which beads I’d like for each bracelet, and then I will use my glue to attach the beads to the bracelet setting (as seen in the images).
And voila! My jewelry project is done! I have created custom jewelry for my bridesmaids and did so without breaking the bank. If you’re like me at all, you appreciate handmade gifts a little more than store bought, which makes these bridesmaids’ gifts all the more special.