How To Make Jewelry With Odds And Ends

Some people feel that every single bead and pendant in a crafting project must look perfect, but I am not one of those people. A few months ago I bought a crystal pendant with several beads at JoAnn Fabrics on the bargain aisle. The bargain aisle is a great find in crafting stores, and this pendant was on sale simply because it was broken into two pieces. The pendant was way too pretty to throw away, so I used some jewelry glue to put in back together. Once dried you can see a slight crack on the pendant, but I think it adds to the appeal of this beautiful piece. I decided to use the crystal beads that came along with the pendant and a few crystal acrylic beads to create a beautiful piece of jewelry. Read this how to see the pattern I created for this Victorian inspired piece of jewelry.

How To Make A Victorian Style Necklace

Here is the pretty necklace I made with a few odds and ends.  I love the way these crystal acrylic beads catch the light.
Here is the pretty necklace I made with a few odds and ends. I love the way these crystal acrylic beads catch the light.

Step One: Add The Pendant And Two Fake Pearls

Add the pendant and two fake pearls to the beading wire.
Add the pendant and two fake pearls to the beading wire.

Cut off approximately eighteen inches of beading wire for the necklace. Add the glass pendant to the center of the beading wire and put two fake pearls on each side. Before placing the pendant on the beading wire I glued it back together with jewelry glue because it was too beautiful of a piece to throw away. I believe the small crack in the pendant adds to the beauty of this necklace, which shows not everything has to look perfect.

Step Two: Add Two Large Black Beads

Add two large black beads to each side.
Add two large black beads to each side.

The package with broken purple glass pendant came with several very pretty beads. These beads have a slightly Victorian look, so I decided to use these beads and other beads to create an era inspired necklace. For this step, I added to large black beads to each side of the necklace.

Step Three: Add Two Clear Glass Crystal Beads

Add a clear glass crystal bead to each side of the necklace.
Add a clear glass crystal bead to each side of the necklace.

In this step, I added a clear glass crystal bead to each side of the necklace. I especially love how these clear beads reflect the purple color of the pendant.

Step Four: Add The Metal Accent Beads

Add a metal accent bead to each side of the necklace.
Add a metal accent bead to each side of the necklace.

Add a metal accent bead to each side of the necklace. These metal accent beads came with the package containing the purple glass pendant. Improvise when making your own pattern because I just create my necklaces as the inspiration comes to me.

Step Five: Add More Glass Crystal Beads

Add more glass crystal beads to each side.
Add more glass crystal beads to each side.

Add another purple glass crystal bead to each side of the necklace. Next, add a clear crystal bead to each side of the necklace. I love how the clear crystal beads pick up the purple tones. After this add a fake pearl to each side of the necklace. Of course, you can vary the pattern to suit your own taste and style.

Step Six: Add The Crystal Acrylic Beads

The crystal acrylic beads have an iridescent look of glass.
The crystal acrylic beads have an iridescent look of glass.

For the next step in this project, I decided to add acrylic crystal beads, which have the look of glass. I love these large beads that also reflect a myriad pinks and purples.

This is what the necklace looks like when almost all the acrylic beads have been added.
This is what the necklace looks like when almost all the acrylic beads have been added.

Step Seven: Add The Barrel Clasp

Use the jewelry pliers to add the barrel clasp to the beading wire.
Use the jewelry pliers to add the barrel clasp to the beading wire.

Add the barrel clasp to the necklace by using the jewelry pliers. I experimented on this necklace by knotting the beading wire to the clasp on one side. On the other side, I used a crimp bead to attach the barrel clasp to the beading wire. Personally, I am not as excited about using crimp beads and prefer knotting the beading wire, but I am practicing my techniques because one day I may decide to start selling jewelry.

For now I only wear this jewelry myself, so know one will notice if the clasp is not attached 100% beautifully. The beading wire is securely attached to by clasp, which is all I care about for the necklace. I have been using a strong, but a cheaper beading wire for these necklaces I make myself. However, if I was making these necklaces for others I would use a more expensive memory beading wire because many people are picky about the flexibility of beading wire. Personally, I like the beading wire I am using because it is very durable and made in the United States, even though it is not memory wire.

Below I will show how to make a matching bracelet with the leftover acrylic crystal beads.

How To Make A Matching Bracelet

I used the remaining acrylic crystal beads to make a matching bracelet.
I used the remaining acrylic crystal beads to make a matching bracelet.
Use a ruler to measure enough elastic string for a bracelet.  Make a secure knot at one end and start adding the acrylic crystal beads.
Use a ruler to measure enough elastic string for a bracelet. Make a secure knot at one end and start adding the acrylic crystal beads.
Keep adding the acrylic crystal beads to the elastic string.
Keep adding the acrylic crystal beads to the elastic string.
Use a ruler to make sure the bracelet will be long enough to go around the wrist.
Use a ruler to make sure the bracelet will be long enough to go around the wrist.
Fold the elastic wire in half to tie the bracelet together.
Fold the elastic wire in half to tie the bracelet together.
Securely knot the bracelet together.
Securely knot the bracelet together.
Cut off the excess elastic string and use jewelry glue to secure the knot.  Now you have a pretty bracelet to match your necklace.
Cut off the excess elastic string and use jewelry glue to secure the knot. Now you have a pretty bracelet to match your necklace.

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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

SweetiePie: I enjoy watching how you make your custom jewelry; your photos and descriptions are fun to read and view, and would make a good how to book on custom jewelry for novices like me.  

Thumbs up!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Violet Sun,

I would like to make a book on jewelry making one day when I become very good at it. I think that would be fun. Thanks for your lovely comments.


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Oh, its so cute. I like your necklace and the matching bracelet. :)


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

I've been following your how to hubs and learned a bit from this one. Thanks for your recent encouragement too.


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William F. Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Nice hub, SweetiePie. I have a large bagful of costume jewelry, including lots of gold (?) chains, some in good condition, some broken. I'm not quite sure what I'mgoing to do with them, but your hub gives me a couple of ideas. Thanks.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

sheenarobins,

I had a lot of fun making this necklace and bracelet. Also, wearing these with purple outfits is pretty fun. The bracelet looks a little bit like 80's jewelry, which is pretty big right now.

Jerilee Wei,

I think making jewelry is fun and I recommend it to anyone who wants something easy to try. I enjoy your hubs, so it was a pleasure to stop by once again.

William F. Torpey,

If you have grand children, maybe you can let them play with it and great some fun jewelry. I am sure they would enjoy that. Thanks for stopping by.


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anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

Very pretty! I think you should start some summer courses for young girls (in case you are not already doing it). I'm sure you would get many people who would be interested to know the art of making jewelery. You're so good at it.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thank you anjalichugh, you are so sweet!


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

During the summer camp(my first job in US) we had to teach kids some thing. One of the counselors in our group was very good in Arts & Crafts. We had some beads which had to be stringed and that the kids could keep it for themselves later. It was really a lot of fun. Btw I sent an email to you earlier did you receive it? Hope things are going well at your end. Bye take care.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

countrywomen,

I have been away from the computer most of the day until now, so I will check now :). I think beading is a fun craft for kids and adults. When I went to Walmart today I noticed they have some of the bigger beads that kids like, which is a good starting craft. Later on older kids and adults can use other types of beads they like too. I just enjoy this craft because it is so versatile. I even have used buttons for pendants on necklaces before.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

I love jewelry making! Your lessons are nice and clear.

Thanks!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

BK Creative,

Thank you so much!


tkohara13 7 years ago

Your post is great place for beginners to start and learn from. Good job! Can't wait to see more of your projects on found objects.


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laringo 7 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

Hi SweetiePie, I just love your hands-on, so to speak Hubs. I do make my earrings every now and then, but never really got into making necklaces, You've given me inspiration. Great Hub!


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SiddSingh 7 years ago

Well, I am not much into jewellery designing, but I showed this hub to my wife (she is a fashion designer), and she loved it!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

tokara,

Thanks for stopping by and come back whenever you have time.

Laringo,

I have made lots of necklaces and not many earrings, so you have inspired me to try this more often. Thanks for stopping by laringo.

SiddSingh,

I appreciate that you showed this to your wife. I am sure she makes beautiful jewelry.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Hi SweetiePie,

I really love your taste in your jewelry creations. Today as the new hubmobs have been rolled out with a subject...ways to improve your life...such as in learning something new, I have been thinking of all different things to learn this year. Since I love your jewelry soo much I got to thinking maybe I will try jewelry making. Thanks for showing me how! ~Dottie!


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

SweetiePie,

Well done. This hub is put together great and your photos and directions are very easy to follow. Thumbs up to you for this one. C.S.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Dottie,

I am just as excited about the hubmobs as you are :). Thanks for the compliments on my jewelry creations, and I am sure when you start making jewelry it will be beautiful also :). Actually the hubmob is inspiring me to create a special hub about arts and crafts, but I feel so busy with chores at home right now I do not have time to sit down and compose it just yet. I will definitely do it asap though. I look forward to your hubmob topics this week.

C.S. Alexis,

Thanks so much for saying so. I hope you are having a great week putting together your studio. Hope you write more hubs on the progress too :).


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C.S.Alexis 7 years ago from NW Indiana

Sweetiepie,

The weather is slowing progress with a winter blizzard coming for the next 18 hours. We have 5" on the ground, another inch has fallen in the past hour and might get up to 4 more. I will be writing as soon as I can. I am taking photos of the process.

It will be a bit before I can put a new hub together, but enjoy reading yours until I can write. Best Regards!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

C.S. Alexis,

I also enjoy reading your hubs. I have discovered some of your old hubs, so that has been pretty neat.


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tring-sandra 7 years ago from UK

I always had a great love for these types of jewellery...........


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoy jewelry/jewellry making. Thanks tring-sandra!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I love this necklace SweetiePie, I am forever looking for ideas here are some of the ones I have made for my store only if you want to see lol

http://stores.ebay.com.au/THE-ENCHANTED-WOODS


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for sharing. Please ask me before posting links to your store though because I am sort of sensitive about that. I am overyly cautious and careful about not posting my personal links on other peoples hubs.


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glowingrocks 5 years ago from New York

Creative ideas.Thanks for sharing.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed this hub glowingrocks!


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Fiona Jean Mckay 2 years ago from South Africa

That necklace looks great - The pendant really makes it look special.


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SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments, Fiona. I am sure you make some pretty necklaces, too.

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