Whether you started with a pasta necklace for your mom as a child or with Swarovski crystal necklace as a bride-to-be, jewelry is likely what got you started working with beads.
Here is a look at some favourites and lesser known jewelry styles, with tips and ideas to make them your own.
Start at the top, hair jewelry or accessories have become very popular thanks to Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. Combining the needed comb or clip with wire and crystals you can make elegant fascinator or hair comb.
|Feather Fascinator (free instructions)|
|Pinch and twist method (beaded by M. Rypan)|
|As worn by the bride with veil|
|Pink Plumeria Hair pin (beaded by S. Alfano)|
For something more elaboret you might what to try a tiara. There are metal forms to serve as the base for a tiara. You can then use the pinch and twist technique to add crystals, pearls and beads to create your one of a kind headpiece.
|Cream Pearl Swarovski Tiara from Making Jewellry Magazine (project instructions)|
Here is a video from Beads Direct showing how to make your own tiara.
Now let's look at earrings. They range from simple, a bead on a head pin or wire hoop, to an elaborated beadwoven design.
|Lampwork beads and Swarovski crystals, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Lucite Calla lilies and Swarovski crystals, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Crystal drops embellished with no, some or lots of tiny pearls and crystal. (Collaboration by M. Rypan & J. Woolverton)|
|Swarovski Dangle Earrings, beaded by M. Rypan|
|Netted Diamond Earrings, beaded by M. Rypan|
|Obelisk Earrings, mini & maxi using Swarovski crystals, pearls or fire polished beads, beaded by M. Rypan|
|Mini-Radiant Sun Earring, beaded by M. Deeb|
|Class Act Chandleir style earring, beaded by S. Dixon|
Now onto necklaces. A question often asked about making necklaces, other then techniques, is about the lengths for various styles.
|Guidelines for necklace lengths|
|Gothic Cross pendant and choker, beaded by M. Rypan|
|Netted Diamond Collar, beaded by M. Rypan|
|Looped Net Collar, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Polka Dot Heart "Y" style necklace, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Rope length pearl necklace, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Rope length necklace doubled around to be choker, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Electric Circus lariat, beaded by K. Harris|
|interesting idea found on pinterest|
|Tussie Mussie pin, beaded by K. Naray|
|Blue Star pin, beaded by M. Rypan|
|Poppy Pin, beaded by K. Slade|
|Zinna Flower pin, beaded by J. Power|
|Lizzie's Trio, child size bracelets, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Rypan Designs' Crystal Elevation, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|MAD Designs' Queen Anne's Lace Cuff, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Marilyn Gardiner Design's Elf Weave Chain Maille, made by J. Woolverton|
|Bollywod Chic Chicklet Bracelet, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Interchangable cuff, beaded by J. Power|
|Daisy Stitch Ring, beaded by J. Woolverton|
|Quetzal Ring (From Beaded Opulence), beaded by J. Woolverton|