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Unique Homemade Jewelry Ideas

Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Homemade jewelry is a great idea if you are a budget-minded person or simply want to personalize your gift items. Here are some ideas for you.
Jewelry makes for one of the finest gift items you could give to your loved ones. Women, especially, are very crazy about it. The piece of jewelry need not be an expensive one, however, it certainly has to be special.
If you have an eye for detail and an artistic mind, then you should consider designing jewelry yourself. One advantage of designing your own jewelry is that there is an ample scope for experimentation in terms of materials and designs.

Homemade Jewelry Ideas

Choose Your Style

Jewelry is classified as traditional and trendy. Traditional style includes jewelry pieces like choker necklace. Trendy jewelry is more contemporary and makes use of a range of materials like pearls, precious stones and metals, glass beads or even leather.
If you are planning to gift your creation to someone, then you ought to consider his/her personal taste. Choose your style and jewelry piece as per the recipient's taste.
Pearl necklaces are usually best suited for older women, whereas colorful and funky beaded necklaces look great on younger women. Earrings or studs make for a cool gift item for men.

Collect Your Tools and Materials

Once you have finalized your style, it is time to buy your requirements. Apart from the main components like beads, pearls, precious stones, etc.
You will also need an array of supporting components like clasps, strings, hooks, etc. and tools like scissors, pliers, etc. You may find your supplies at any jewelry shop that deals in repair work of jewelry items.

Choose Your Designs

Homemade jewelry designs are often unique and reflect the creator's individual taste. Hence, you can always come up with your own ideas for making jewelry. You may also refer to magazines or websites for inspiration.

How to Make Homemade Jewelry

Angel Charm

Tools and Materials
  • 1½" long head pin, 1
  • 4mm round bead, 1
  • 6mm round bead, 1
  • 4mm Bali style flat flower bead, 1
  • Angel wings bead, 1
  • Round nose pliers, 1 pair
  • Flat or needle nose pliers, 1 pair

Slide the 6mm round bead through the head pin so as to make the body of the angel charm. Next, slide the angel wings bead, followed by a 4mm round bead to make the head. Then goes the 4mm Bali style flat flower bead which makes the halo. Using a round nose plier, secure the head pin right above the halo.
Encircle the pin around the pliers to make a loop. Repeat this process three more times to ensure the beads stay tightly together. Trim the excess pin length with the needle nose pliers. Your charming angel charm is ready!
Pearl/Bead Princess Necklace
Tools and Materials
  • One 20'' long nylon string.
  • Pearls or beads in colors of your choice. 
  • Necklace clasps. 
  • Scissors.

This is a basic necklace with a prominent bead at center and symmetrical formation on either side. Hence, you may only use one brightly-colored pearl/bead at center and thread other beads on each side.
Firstly begin with the center of the necklace by threading the prominent bead. Then go on threading the colored beads on each side of the center bead. Leave some space at the end and make a loop. Fix the necklace clasp through the loop at the end. Your princess necklace is ready to wear.
You can also make a homemade jewelry holder to store your jewelry. Jewelry holders themselves make for a great gift. You may consider commercializing your work if your creation has a hint of finesse.