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Making your own jewellery is the perfect way to express your style through creativity and craft. You can tailor projects to your own tastes by switching up colours and materials, meaning you’ll have an accessory for every occasion. And with the holiday season coming up, why not try crafting a few pieces as gifts for loved ones?
Sometimes, simple designs are the most effective. This stunning ring is a great introduction into the world of jewellery making, and ideal for beginners, as you can simply experiment with bending the wire to get the perfect look. Check out the tutorial for this wire bead ring from Angela Finch for a full step by step guide. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you could switch up the colour of the bead in the centre - birthstone themed rings are a great gift idea!
Any avid crafter is sure to have an abundance of scrap material lying around. If you’re wondering how to give your offcuts a new lease of life, why not try making a fun fabric brooch? Simply cut a set of circles, decreasing in size, and layer them up. To give the brooch some rigidity, sew the largest circle onto a piece of felt of the same size. For added charm, fasten the layers together with a cute button, like these Tilda Old Rose Eliza Buttons - 0.6 Inches (482191). The possibilities are endless with this make - create a coordinated look using matching colours, or mix it up with a different vibrant shade for each layer!
It’s easy to forget about your hair when thinking about accessories, but hair clips can add the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. The wire writing technique means you can create personalised designs, such as a sweet love heart or a word that represents you. Sarah Millsop’s Wire Writing for Beginners tutorial gives you a step by step introduction on how to create words and shapes from wire. Her guide focuses on paperclips, but simply fixing the wire design to a hair pin will allow you to wear your creations with pride.
Certain gemstones and crystals are said to hold healing properties, such as reducing stress and promoting positive energy. Whether you choose to believe this or not, it can’t hurt to incorporate the colourful beauty of gemstones into your jewellery collection. These amethyst earrings are totally unique thanks to the individuality of each amethyst chip, which creates a stunning handcrafted feel. Follow the tutorial from Angela Finch to create a pair of elegant amethyst star earrings, which are a simple yet totally effective make to add a hint of glamour to your look.
Bobby pins, hair pins, grips, slides - whatever you call them, no doubt you find them all over your house. Alongside being a hair essential, they can also be used to create a unique pair of earrings that will be sure to attract compliments. The basis of this craft is simple, just twist some wire into a loop through an earring hook, and slide on the pins. Get creative with colour by using paints, such as the Cadence by Sue Baker Metallic Paint Set (480086). Use washi tape to section off the pins to get a clean stripe effect!