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Check it Out! I love jewelry and I love making my own jewelry. I have found that I can make my jewelry for a fraction of the cost of buying it already made. From very simple earrings to necklaces and bracelets, the freedom of doing it myself allows for creativity and customization.
I wanted to share some of the easy jewelry pieces that I have created lately thanks to House of Gems. I received an awesome shipment of supplies from them a little while back.
As you can see in the above picture I received pretty much everything I needed to get started. Beads, cording, glue and all sorts of goodies, even a beading tray!
I got these great Ships Wheel charms that I just love and I knew I wanted to make not only some earrings but also a necklace with them.
The first thing I did was gather all my supplies.
- Suede cording
- Charms & Beads
- Ribbon & Cord Clasps
- Fishhook Ear Wires
- Jump Rings
- Eye Pin
The actual making of the jewelry is super easy. For the necklace, I cut a length of suede cording allowing enough to add my ring charm to the center and have about a 22" length. I then attached my ribbon and cord clasps to each end of the cording as shown in the picture above.
I added a ships wheel charm to the ring at the end of my cording by attaching a jump ring to it and then to the ring. I also added a clear bead charm by placing the bead on an eye wire then cutting it and bending the end into an eye.
To create the matching earrings, I simply attached jump rings to my charms and then to my fishhook ear wires.
Using some of the other supplies I received I created some more earrings. The ones above are beads on eye wires with a hope charm added to the bottom. I used blue beads to represent Colon cancer awareness.
These cross earrings are very simple but beautiful. I used base metal findings to match the charms.
And for my daughter I made the earrings above. I know, they may seem strange, but she is a huge The Walking Dead fan and these are charms that represent different characters on the show. I am planning a bracelet that includes all of these charms to match for her as well.
If you are not sure how to use jump rings, there is a great video HERE on the House of Gems site that will show you the right way to open and close them. They also have a host of other how to videos if you are interested in other aspects of jewelry making.